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Carboxylesterases (EC from human liver were purified using Q-Sepharose, Sephadex G-150, isoelectrofocusing and Con A-Sepharose. The calculated molecular mass of the pI 5.3 enzyme was 120 kDa and 61 kDa from the results of Sephadex G-150 gel filtration and SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE), respectively, suggesting that this enzyme is a(More)
OBJECTIVE To establish an appropriate steroid treatment regimen for autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP). METHODS A retrospective survey of AIP treatment was conducted in 17 centres in Japan. The main outcome measures were rate of remission and relapse. RESULTS Of 563 patients with AIP, 459 (82%) received steroid treatment. The remission rate of(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Covered self-expandable metal stents (EMS) were recently developed to overcome tumour ingrowth in conventional EMS. However, supporting evidence for the efficacy of covered EMS is lacking. PATIENTS AND METHODS We enrolled 112 patients with unresectable distal biliary malignancies. They were randomly assigned to polyurethane covered (n =(More)
BACKGROUND A nomogram is progressively being used as a useful predictive tool for cancer prognosis. A nomogram to predict survival in nonresectable pancreatic cancer treated with chemotherapy has not been reported. METHODS Using prospectively collected data on patients with nonresectable pancreatic cancer receiving gemcitabine-based chemotherapy at five(More)
BACKGROUND This randomised phase II trial compared gemcitabine alone vs gemcitabine and S-1 combination therapy in advanced pancreatic cancer. METHODS Patients were randomly assigned to 4-week treatment with gemcitabine alone (1000, mg m(-2) gemcitabine by 30-min infusion on days 1, 8, and 15) or gemcitabine and S-1 combination therapy (1000, mg m(-2)(More)
AIMS To investigate the relationship between the presence of the photoreceptor inner and outer segment (IS/OS) junction and visual acuity after epiretinal membrane (ERM) surgery. METHODS Seventy eyes of 70 consecutive patients who had undergone vitrectomy for idiopathic ERM were examined by optical coherence tomography before and 3 and 6 months after(More)
BACKGROUND The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is thought to have a role in carcinogenesis, and RAS inhibition may prevent tumour growth. METHODS We retrospectively investigated the impact of angiotensin I-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) and angiotensin II type-1 receptor blockers (ARBs) in 155 patients with pancreatic cancer receiving gemcitabine(More)
Myosin phosphatase from smooth muscle consists of a catalytic subunit (PP1c) and two non-catalytic subunits, M130 and M20. Interactions among PP1c, M20, and various mutants of M130 were investigated. Using the yeast two-hybrid system, PP1c was shown to bind to the NH2-terminal sequence of M130, 1-511. Other interactions were detected, i.e. PP1c to PP1c, M20(More)
The ionic single-chain amphiphile tocopherol hemisuccinate (THS) is water-insoluble but on addition of NaOH, forms vesicles which give an aqueous suspension that is pale-colored and milky. Observation of the permeability of the 5(6)-carboxy-fluorescein-entrapped THS vesicle membranes indicated them to be pH-sensitive liposomes which are stable in the(More)
A cDNA (cNPK2) that encodes a protein of 518 amino acids was isolated from a library prepared from poly(A)+ RNAs of tobacco cells in suspension culture. The N-terminal half of the predicted NPK2 protein is similar in amino acid sequence to the catalytic domains of kinases that activate mitogen-activated protein kinases (designated here MAPKKs) from various(More)