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The metal binding protein metallothionein (MT) is involved in zinc homeostasis since it typically binds large amounts of zinc. Free zinc can control MT gene expression by interacting with metal-sensitive transcription factors. However, the precise factors governing intracellular release of metal ions from MT remain unknown. Aerobic nitric oxide (NO) can(More)
Pleural effusion due to hepatic cirrhosis and ascites is well known, but hepatic hydrothorax in the absence of ascites is a rare complication. We report a case of liver cirrhosis due to hepatitis C virus with a large and recurring pleural effusion that had an apparent abdominal source in the absence of ascites. We review the characteristics and treatment(More)
To clarify the mechanism underlying the process of degeneration of injured CNS neurons, we have immunohistochemically examined the distribution of cystatin C, apolipoprotein E, IgG, transferrin and ferritin in the hypophysectomized rat hypothalamus. Stainings for ferritin revealed that reactive microglial cells massed in the paraventricular and supraoptic(More)
The mechanism by which neuronal cell viability in culture is dependent on cell plating density is unclear. To address this question, dissociated cells from the neonatal rat cortex were cultured in a chemically defined medium. Medium conditioned with cortical cells plated at high density (2000 cells/mm2) promoted the survival of neurons grown at low cell(More)
AIM This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) located in the caudate lobe of the liver. PATIENTS AND METHODS Between 2012 April and 2014 February, 142 patients with HCC meeting the Milan criteria were enrolled in this study. Of these patients, nine patients had HCC located(More)
To clarify the relationship between neuronal cell degeneration and MHC class-I complex expression, we have immunohistochemically examined the distribution of beta(2)-microglobulin in the hypophysectomized rat hypothalamus. In the sham-operated control rats, positive stainings were distributed only in blood vessels in the hypothalamic areas where(More)
The precise role of prostaglandin-D-synthase (beta-trace protein), the major constituent of cerebrospinal fluid, is unclear. In the present study, a sensitive and highly specific fluoroimmunoassay was developed. The measurement of the enzyme levels in rat CSF revealed a developmental change in the CSF levels with the highest value of 66 +/- 8 microg/ml at 7(More)
Following hypophysectomy the regenerating fibers of magnocellular neurons are known to establish new neurohemal connections with reorganized vasculatures in the median eminence, which lead to establishment of a posterior pituitary-like structure. In order to examine the role of the meninges (the pia mater and the arachnoid) in this regeneration process, we(More)
A significant number of pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC)-containing cells were detected in the rat median eminence (ME) by immunocytochemistry using an antibody raised against a synthetic peptide corresponding to the cleavage site between adrenocorticotropin and beta-lipotropin moieties. Distribution of POMC-positive cells was restricted to the internal zone of(More)
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