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We have attempted to design classification criteria for adult Still's disease by analyzing the data obtained through a multicenter survey of 90 Japanese patients with this disease and of 267 control patients. The proposed criteria consisted of fever, arthralgia, typical rash, and leukocytosis as major, and sore throat, lymphadenopathy and/or splenomegaly,(More)
The conjugative plasmid pYI17 (57.5 kb) isolated from Enterococcus faecalis YI717 confers a pheromone response on the host and encodes the bacteriocin 31 gene. Bacteriocin 31 is active against E. hirae 9790, E. faecium, and Listeria monocytogenes. pYI17 was mapped physically by restriction enzyme analysis and the relational clone method. Deletion mutant and(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the usefulness of width and morphology of the inferior cortex of the mandible on panoramic radiographs in the diagnosis of postmenopausal osteoporosis. METHODS The width and morphology of the mandibular inferior cortex on panoramic radiographs were compared with trabecular bone mineral density (TBMD) of the 3rd lumbar vertebrae (L3)(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the reliability of cone beam CT (CBCT) values and dimensional measurements of oropharyngeal air spaces as compared with those of multidetector row CT (MDCT). METHODS A soft tissue equivalent phantom with different sized holes was used. The phantom was scanned using CBCT and MDCT. In addition, a volunteer was examined using both(More)
Eleven pheromone-responding plasmids encoding erythromycin or gentamicin resistance were isolated from multiresistant clinical Enterococcus faecalis isolates. The plasmids were classified into six types with respect to their pheromone responses. The three erythromycin resistance plasmids responded to different pheromones. Of the eight gentamicin resistance(More)
Urinary free cortisol (UFC), 17-hydroxycorticosteroids (17-OHCS) in urine and dexamethasone suppression test (DST) were examined in patients with dementia of Alzheimer type (DAT) and multi-infarct dementia (MID), and nondemented elderly. Eight of 19 patients (42.1%) were DST nonsuppressor. UFC was significantly elevated in patients with dementia, compared(More)
A comprehensive survey of Japanese patients with adult Still's disease was made by questionnaire which was sent to major institutions with rheumatology units in Japan. Of 146 cases from 32 institutions, 90 were judged to be definitely diagnosed as adult Still's disease. The major clinical features in these 90 patients consisted of high fever,(More)
Wave intensity (WI) is a new hemodynamic index, which is defined as (dP/dt)(dU/dt) at any site of the circulation, where dP/dt and dU/dt are the time derivatives of blood pressure and velocity, respectively. Arterial WI in normal subjects has two positive sharp peaks. The first peak occurs during early systole when a forward-traveling compression wave is(More)
Mature and activated dendritic cells (CD83-positive DCs) are essential for the recruitment and survival of activated tumor-specific lymphocytes during carcinogenesis. The frequencies of CD83 positive DCs were almost same in peripheral blood from patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and cirrhosis of liver (LC). However, the numbers of CD83 positive(More)
The pheromone-responsive conjugative plasmid pPD1 (59 kb) of Enterococcus faecalis encodes the bacteriocin 21 (bac21) determinant. Cloning, transposon insertion mutagenesis and sequence analysis of the bac21 determinant showed that an 8.5-kb fragment lying between kb 27.1 and 35.6 of the pPD1 map is required for complete expression of the bacteriocin. The(More)