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Freeze inactivation of LDH, MDH, ADH, G-6-PDH, and PK and its prevention with additives such as sodium glutamate and albumin were studied. LDH, MDH, ADH, G-6-PDH, and PK, each lost their activity during frozen storage at -20 degrees C. The speed of the inactivation differed in each. The stability of the enzymes increased with the increase of the enzyme(More)
A highly purified protein, named MPB70, was isolated from the culture filtrate of Mycobacterium bovis BCG. This protein accounted for more than 10% of the proteins secreted into the culture medium. MPB70 was purified by precipitation with ammonium sulfate, followed by treatment with diethylaminoethyl ion exchanger, with or without 3 M urea, and by gel(More)
Mucosal epithelia of the human lower reproductive tract (vagina, cervix, and penile urethra) are exposed to sexually transmitted microbes, including Chlamydia trachomatis. The in vivo susceptibility of each tissue type to infection with C. trachomatis is quite distinct. CD1d is expressed on the surface of antigen-presenting cells, including mucosal(More)
The catalytic and folding properties of "DSL ribozyme" were investigated. This artificial ligase ribozyme was constructed by installing a catalytic unit to a designed self-folding RNA. The self-folding RNA was composed of three helices connected via two tertiary interactions that served as scaffolding in the molecular design. The present analysis revealed(More)
The object of this study is to establish a model of integration of the health promotion projects which have been planned separately by schools and communities so far in an agricultural area in Japan, to solve the problem of children's smoking. The subjects of the study were 10-15 y old schoolchildren and their parents. The questionnaires were completed by(More)
PROBLEM Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) is a bioactive lipid mediator and thought to play an important role in pregnancy. Plasma LPA is produced by autotaxin (ATX), and ATX activity in plasma increases during pregnancy paralleled with gestational weeks and decreases to near the non-pregnant level soon after delivery. However, the source of increased ATX during(More)
The antibacterial factor from the body surface of the African giant snail, Achatina fulica Férussac, was isolated by DEAE-Toyopearl 650M ion exchange chromatography. The isolated preparation exhibited highly positive antibacterial activity both for the Gram-positive bacteria, Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus and for the Gram-negative bacteria,(More)
A total of 12 enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) O157:H7 strains were isolated during a recent outbreak in a nursery school in Ehime Prefecture, Japan. These isolates were considered to be derived from a common strain when analyzed using an IS-printing method and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. PCR analysis revealed that the isolates harbor stx1,(More)
The water distribution in the pulvinus of Mimosa can be visualized by an NMR imaging technique. After stimulation of a Mimosa plant, water in the lower half of the main pulvinus disappeared, the water previously contained in this area seeming to be transferred to the upper half of the main pulvinus. Movement of the water in conjunction with Mimosa movement(More)