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We report on the existence of two kinds of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), MMP-2 and MMP-9, in human seminal plasma. Partial purification of the proteinases was achieved by two steps, consisting of chromatography on a gel-filtration column and then on a gelatin affinity column. Proteinase activities in the chromatography extracts were shown to hydrolyse a(More)
The age-induced apoptotic death of cerebellar neurons in culture is associated with over-expression of a 38-kDa particulate protein identified as glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH). Both the age-induced apoptosis and the 38-kDa protein overexpression were effectively suppressed by the presence of tetrahydroaminoacridine, an antidementia drug,(More)
BACKGROUND Numerous techniques and materials are available for increasing the dorsal height and length of the nose. Microautologous fat transplantation (MAFT) may be an appropriate strategy for augmentation rhinoplasty. OBJECTIVES The authors sought to determine the long-term results of MAFT with the so-called one-third maneuver in Asian patients who(More)
A platelet aggregation inhibitor, named snake venom platelet aggregation dissociator (SV-PAD)-1, with a dissociative reaction of ADP-induced platelet aggregation, was purified from the venom of Protobothrops elegans (Sakishima-habu) by gel-filtration employing Sephadex G-100, and ion-exchange chromatographies using DEAE-Sepharose Fast Flow, CM-Sepharose(More)
The effects of carboplatin and cisplatin on colony formation in stomach and lung cancer cell lines were examined and compared. The colony-inhibitory activity of carboplatin against stomach and lung cancer cell lines was similar to that of cisplatin when one-tenth of the peak plasma concentration of each drug was used (r=0.80). One of the four stomach cancer(More)
The human tumor colony assay was used to evaluate the effect of a new chemotherapeutic agent (KW2152) on colony inhibition of four non-small cell lung cancer cell lines and a mouse cell line. With continuous exposure experiments, KW2152 induced > 70% colony inhibition of PC-7 (human adenocarcinoma), PC-10 (human squamous cell) and PC-13 (human large cell)(More)
A thrombin like enzyme, named elegaxobin II, with Lys-bradykinin releasing activity was purified from the venom of Trimeresurus elegans (Sakishima-habu) by gel-filtration on Sephadex G-100, and ion-exchange chromatography on the Q-Sepharose Fast Flow. By this procedure, about 9mg of purified enzyme was obtained from 1.1g of the venom. The purified enzyme(More)
An experimental rat model of aluminum accumulation in the brain was developed to aid in determining neurotoxity of aluminum (Al). Al was administered orally, intravenously, and intraperitoneally, in the absence or presence of citric acid or maltol. Oral administration of Al hydroxide [Al (OH)3] or aluminum chloride (AlCl3) with citric acid for 7 wk was not(More)
BACKGROUND This study reviewed the mini invasive technique, microautologous fat transplantation (MAFT), as a strategy in simultaneously treating sunken upper eyelids with multiple folds and recreating a double eyelid crease in Asian people. METHODS The MAFT was performed with the assistance of a patented medical device, the MAFT-GUN, on 34 patients who(More)
In vitro antitumor effects of human recombinant tumor necrotizing factor (rH-TNF) were examined against nine lung cancer cell lines including six non small and three small cell lung cancer, four stomach cancer cell lines and 30 freshly isolated lung cancer cell samples by the human tumor clonogenic assay. rH-TNF did not show any inhibitory effect on the(More)