K. Arai

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We measured serum concentrations of hapatocyte growth factor (HGF) in patients with gastric cancer and compared these with the histological findings and conventional tumour markers, including CEA, CA19-9 and CA125, for evaluation of the significance of serum HGF levels as a tumour marker. The HGF levels were measured by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay(More)
We evaluated the antioxidative effects of astaxanthin through the changes in superoxide scavenging activity, levels of hydrogen peroxide and total hydroperoxides in human aqueous humor. The study subjects were 35 patients who underwent bilateral cataract surgery on one side before and the other side after intake of astaxanthin (6 mg/day for 2 weeks). Their(More)
Based on homology with the mouse interleukin 4 (IL-4) cDNA that expresses B cell, T cell, and mast cell stimulating activities (Lee, F. et al., (1986) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 83, 2061), we have isolated from a Balb/c mouse liver DNA library the mouse chromosomal gene and analyzed its overall structure. The gene occurs as a single copy in the haploid(More)
Four monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) from hybridoma obtained by in vitro stimulation of regional lymph node lymphocytes from lung cancer patients and electrofusion of the stimulated cells with murine or human-mouse myeloma cells were reactive to lung cancer cells in enzyme-linked immunoabsorbent assay, and to lung cancer tissue in immunohistochemical analysis(More)
AIMS The aim of the present study was to evaluate the correlation between matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) and chondroitin sulfate (CS) concentrations in human tear fluid following laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). METHODS Twelve eyes from six patients who had no ocular complaints except for refractive errors, and who had undergone LASIK, were(More)
The relationship between the levels of two different crosslink compounds, pentosidine and pyridinoline, in human diabetic cataract lenses was investigated to elucidate the pathogenic mechanism of diabetic cataract. Subjects were classified into diabetes mellitus (DM) group and non-DM group according to the presence or absence of DM. The levels of the(More)
We explored the effect of astaxanthin on vascular endothelial growth factor in the aqueous humor, by measuring vascular endothelial growth factor levels and oxidation-related parameters, including O2 (•-) scavenging activity, H2O2 level, and total hydroperoxide level in the aqueous humor, obtained from 35 patients before and after astaxanthin(More)
We herein report the case of a 20-year-old man who underwent a photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). We measured matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) activity and chondroitin 4 sulfate and chondroitin 6 sulfate concentrations in tear fluid. Tear fluid was collected pre-operatively via microcapillary tube, and was collected postoperatively on the first and fourth(More)