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Halophilic β-lactamase (BLA) has been successfully used as a novel fusion partner for soluble expression of aggregation-prone foreign proteins in Escherichia coli cytoplasm (Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 86:649–658, 2010b). This halophilic BLA fusion technology was applied here for secretory expression in Brevibacillus. The “Brevibacillus in vivo cloning”(More)
Resistance to or relapse after androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) remains a significant problem in patients with prostate cancer. Several studies have hypothesized that the overexpression of MET and the activating signaling axis in prostate cancer cells are associated with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). On the other hand, the expression of(More)
This paper describes our video summarization system using a model selection technique to estimate the optimal number of scenes for a summary. It uses a minimum description length as a model selection criterion and carries out two-stage estimation. First, we estimate the number of scenes in each shot, and then we estimate the number of scenes in a whole(More)
Hydrophilic oxygen radical absorbance capacity (H-ORAC) is a method for evaluating antioxidant capacities of solutions of hydrophilic compounds. In this study, we improved the original method for H-ORAC determination, and evaluated the precision of the two improved methods (methods A and B) by interlaboratory studies using 5 antioxidant solutions and 5 food(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Up-regulation of caveolin (CAV)-1 is associated with aggressive prostate cancer. Recently, it has been inferred that CAV2, a co-factor sub-type of CAV1, cross-talks with CAV1 and promotes tumor growth. We previously reported that plasma CAV1 levels are elevated in patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), but not in(More)
Autosomal recessive hypophosphatemic rickets (ARHR) is an extremely rare disorder of autosomal recessive inheritance, characterized by hypophosphatemia resulting from renal phosphate wasting. Dentin matrix protein 1 (DMP1), a noncollagenous extracellular protein, plays critical roles in bone mineralization and phosphate homeostasis. Recently,(More)
To design and construct a novel bio-anode electrode based on the oxidation of glutamic acid to produce 2-oxoglutarate, generating two electrons from NADH. Efficient enzyme reaction and electron transfer were observed owing to immobilization of the two enzymes using a mixed self-assembled monolayer. The ratio of the immobilized enzymes was an important(More)
The effect of the surfactant, alpha-[4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl) phenyl]-omega-hydroxypolyoxy-1,2-ethanediyl, on the adsolubilization of cholesterol and/or dotriacontane as model compounds of the epicuticular wax of mature tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) fruit was investigated. Cholesterol as a model compound of such triterpenols as alpha- and(More)
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is a well-known multifunctional growth factor, and evidence has accumulated indicating that the HGF/MET (HGF receptor) signaling axis is involved in the progression of cancer. Macrophage-stimulating protein (MSP) is also known as a growth factor which activates not only macrophages but also cancer cells and osteoclasts through(More)
Visceral artery aneurysms are rare, with an incidence rate of only 0.01-0.2 % in routine autopsies, and hepatic artery aneurysms account for approximately 20 % of these aneurysms. Despite recent advances in therapeutic techniques and diagnostic tools, the management of visceral artery aneurysms remains clinically challenging. We report a case of hepatic(More)