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beta(2)-Glycoprotein I (beta(2)-GPI) is a major antigen for antiphospholipid antibodies (Abs) present in patients with the antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). We previously reported that beta(2)-GPI specifically binds to oxidized low density lipoprotein (oxLDL), but not to native low density lipoprotein (LDL). In the present study, a ligand specific for(More)
PROBLEM The present study assesses the clinical significance of anti-laminin-1 auto-antibodies (auto-Abs) in recurrent miscarriages. METHOD OF STUDY A total of 207 recurrent aborters with a history of two or more consecutive first-trimester miscarriages were tested for the presence of anti-laminin-1 Abs, beta2-glycoprotein I-dependent anticardiolipin Abs,(More)
It is currently thought that chloroplasts of higher plants were derived from endosymbiont oxygenic photosynthetic bacteria (primary endosymbiosis), while Euglena, a photosynthetic protista, gained chloroplasts by secondary endosymbiosis (i.e., incorporation of a photosynthetic eukaryote into heterotrophic eukaryotic host). To examine if the protein(More)
Cisplatin (CDDP) was administered to a 49-year-old dialysis female patient with advanced uterine cervical cancer. Analysis of the pharmacokinetics of CDDP in the patient with renal failure and at hemodialysis were compared with that of patients without renal impairment. CDDP at 30 mg was administered by drip infusion. The samples were ultrafiltrated and(More)
Following brain injury, thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1) is involved in angiogenesis and synaptic recovery. In this study, we used a cold injury-model and found that TSP-1 mRNA was markedly upregulated after brain injury. Immunohistochemistry showed that TSP-1 was upregulated in both the core of the lesion and in the perilesional area of injured brain tissue.(More)
INTRODUCTION The purpose of this study was to investigate the profile of histone deacetylase (HDAC) expression in the synovial tissue of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) compared with that of normal control and osteoarthritis (OA), and to examine whether there is a link between HDAC activity and synovial inflammation. METHODS HDAC activity and histone(More)
BACKGROUND Laminin-1, a multifunctional glycoprotein of the basement membrane, is thought to be important in embryogenesis, embryonic implantation, and placentation. We recently showed that serum IgG anti-laminin-1 autoantibodies (auto-Abs) are associated with recurrent first-trimester miscarriages. The present study assessed the clinical significance of(More)
PURPOSE In contrast with many analyses of surgical treatment for spinal metastases, there have been only a few recent well-documented publications assessing nonsurgical treatment. This paper is a study of the outcome of nonsurgical therapy for metastatic tumors of the spine. METHODS AND MATERIALS One hundred and one patients with spinal metastases were(More)
Binding of beta(2)-glycoprotein I (beta(2)-GPI)-dependent anticardiolipin antibodies (aCL) derived from antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is significantly reduced in aCL ELISA due to loss of the phospholipid (PL) binding property of beta(2)-GPI by plasmin treatment. In the present study, the treatment generated a nicked form of beta(2)-GPI and resulted in(More)