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The AE1 gene encodes band 3 Cl-/HCO3- exchangers that are expressed both in the erythrocyte and in the acid-secreting, type A intercalated cells of the kidney. Kidney AE1 contributes to urinary acidification by providing the major exit route for HCO3- across the basolateral membrane. Several AE1 mutations cosegregate with dominantly transmitted nonsyndromic(More)
We present a patient who developed severe anemia and neutropenia after receiving parenteral nutrition for 2.5 years. The serum levels of copper and ceruloplasmin were low, and the bone marrow showed the presence of ringed sideroblasts and vacuolated immature cells. The administration of copper chloride by bolus injection led to a rapid improvement in anemia(More)
Band 3-Memphis is the most common variant of erythrocyte band 3 protein, in which a single amino acid substitution (Lys56-->Glu) in a cytoplasmic domain of band 3 has been found. We showed here that the prevalence of the variant was particularly higher in the Japanese population than that in other populations. The calculated gene frequency of the variant in(More)
The acquired resistance to various drugs in cancer is mediated by P-glycoprotein (P-gp) which is encoded by the mdr-1 gene. An increased level of mdr-1/P-gp was demonstrated after chemotherapy administered to treat cancer in humans. To clarify the direct effect of anticancer drugs on mdr-1/P-gp expression, we investigated the change in transport of(More)
We describe a 6-year-old girl and her mother with dominant beta-thalassemia due to hemoglobin Hradec Kralove (Hb HK). Both patients presented microcytic anemia, jaundice, splenomegaly, cholelithiasis, and recurrent hemolytic bouts. Osmotic resistance tests using saline and coiled planet centrifugation revealed the increased fragility of the red cell(More)
Evidence from recent epidemiological studies suggests a link between periodontal infections and increased risk of atherosclerosis and related cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events in human subjects. One of the major pathogens of periodontitis, Porphyromonas gingivalis, has the ability to aggregate human platelets in platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Mechanism(More)
We studied the changes of protein phosphorylation in human leukemic cells by granuloid inducers, using two-dimensional electrophoresis. The phosphorylation of 22 kD, pI 6.0 and 5.8 proteins (pp22) in HL-60 cells or myeloid leukemic cells from patients, was enhanced by treatment with granuloid inducers such as retinoic acid, dimethyl sulfoxide or G-CSF, in(More)
We report the first successful use of BMT for the treatment of RBC pyruvate kinase (PK) deficiency in a boy who developed neonatal jaundice and severe transfusion-dependent hemolytic anemia a few months after birth. He received a BMT at the age of 5 from an HLA-identical sister who has normal PK activity after conditioning with busulfan and(More)
We investigated a Japanese patient with protein 4.2 deficiency. SDS-PAGE showed a complete deficiency of protein 4.2, while Western blot analysis revealed a marked decrease in the amount of protein 4.2, and the existence of a doublet of 74 and 72 kDa bands. Direct sequencing and dot-blot hybridization with allele-specific oligonucleotide probes indicated(More)