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We performed a genome-wide association study (GWAS) of Kawasaki disease in Japanese subjects using data from 428 individuals with Kawasaki disease (cases) and 3,379 controls genotyped at 473,803 SNPs. We validated the association results in two independent replication panels totaling 754 cases and 947 controls. We observed significant associations in the(More)
BACKGROUND Assessment of oral mucosal thickness is important in implant surgery; however, examining the soft tissue three dimensionally is difficult. A reamer method is invasive, and a non-invasive ultrasonic method produces only low-resolution images depending on anatomic variations. The emerging technology of spiral computed tomography (CT) is an(More)
The Col2a1 gene is expressed in notochord, otic vesicle, cartilaginous tissue and the anlage of endochondral bone during development in higher vertebrates. Type II collagen, a homotrimeric product of the Col2a1 gene, functions as a key regulatory protein for cartilage development and endochondral ossification. In medaka and zebrafish, a single homolog of(More)
BACKGROUND Early stage Kawasaki disease (KD) histopathology includes perivasculitis and vasculitis of the microvessels. The lesions then extend to larger vessels. Therefore the analysis of microvessel lesions is important to better understand the initial pathogenesis of KD vasculitis. METHODS AND RESULTS We studied epicardial microvessel lesions (<50(More)
STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM Although assessment of entire palatal mucosal thickness is important in many dental procedures, available data are mostly limited to the lateral aspect of the palate. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY The objective of this study was to use cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) to perform a comprehensive analysis of the palatal mucosal thickness(More)
Heat shock promoters are powerful tools for the precise control of exogenous gene induction in living organisms. In addition to the temporal control of gene expression, the analysis of gene function can also require spatial restriction. Recently, we reported a new method for in vivo, single-cell gene induction using an infrared laser-evoked gene operator(More)
A case of presumed endocarditis caused by Moraxella lacunata in a 15-month-old male infant with Fallot's tetrad is described. This infection may have occurred as the result of transmission of this organism between the father and his son. This is the first report of BRO beta-lactamase-producing M. lacunata causing presumed endocarditis.
Poly-lactic-glycolic acid (PLGA) is a biocompatible as well as biodegradable polymer and used in various medical applications. In this study, we evaluated efficiency of the specially designed three-dimensional porous PLGA as a scaffold for bone augmentation. First, cell attachment/proliferation, differentiation, and mineralization of Fisher 344 rat marrow(More)
PURPOSE Carbon ion radiotherapy (CIRT) has been developed, and a phase I/II CIRT trial has been conducted in patients with adenocarcinoma in the head and neck region. We evaluated whether the L-methyl [11C]-methionine (MET) uptake could be an early predictor for local recurrence, metastasis, and the prognosis in patients with adenocarcinoma in the head and(More)