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As part of ITS technology, to achieve quick map updates, we propose a method for automatically detecting changes in streetscapes from images captured by car-mounted omni-directional cameras. It comprises two stages; accurate alignment of a map and street images taken at various times, and detection of changes in streetscapes from the aligned data. The(More)
OBJECTIVE Inhibition of intracellular signal transduction is considered to be a therapeutic target for chronic inflammation. The new Janus kinase (JAK)3 inhibitor CP690,550 has shown efficacy in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We investigated the influence of JAK/STAT inhibition using CP690,550 on the induction of acute-phase serum amyloid A(More)
The tocolytic agent ritodrine acts on the β2-adrenoceptor and is an effective treatment option for preterm labor. However, several adverse effects of ritodrine therapy, including liver damage, have been noted. To elucidate the underlying mechanisms of ritodrine-induced adverse effects, development of sensitive biomarkers of these adverse events is(More)
We have developed a hi ghly parallel and accelerated circuit simulator which produces precise results for large scale simulation. We incorporated multithreading in both the model and matrix calculations to achieve not only a factor of 10 acceleration compared to the defacto standard circuit simulator used worldwide, but also equal or exceed the performance(More)
Serum amyloid A (SAA), a precursor of reactive amyloid deposits, is a multigene product. SAA1, predominant both as an amyloid precursor and in plasma, consists of three allelic variants (SAA1.1, SAA1.3, and SAA1.5). Several investigations have shown that the SAA1.3 allele is associated with susceptibility to AA-amyloidosis in Japanese, and the SAA1.5 allele(More)
OBJECTIVE Pentraxin 3 (PTX3) is an acute-phase reactant that is involved in amplification of the inflammatory response and innate immunity. In the present study, we evaluated the relationship between PTX3 and serum amyloid A (SAA), another acute-phase reactant, in rheumatoid synoviocytes. METHODS PTX3 mRNA expression was examined by reverse transcription(More)
BACKGROUND White blood cell (WBC) count and C-reactive protein (CRP) level are the most common markers of inflammation. There is a growing need for point-of-care testing (POCT) of WBC and CRP, and more advances in convenient devices are required. We developed an analyzer-free POCT system for measuring WBC and CRP using a low volume blood sample. METHODS(More)