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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)
Angiotensin (AT) II, the bioactive octapeptide in the renin-angiotensin system that plays a key role in cardiovascular homeostasis, exerts its multiple effects through the different types of AT receptors, AT1a, AT1b, and AT2. Previously, we showed chronic hypotension in angiotensinogen (the precursor of AT)-deficient mice and a dramatic increase in renin(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)
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)
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)
The relationship between oral signs and osteoporosis was investigated to assess the possibility of using this as an indicator of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Sixty-four women between the ages of 50 and 70 years were evaluated. Osteoporotic signs consisted of thoracic spine fracture as demonstrated on lateral chest radiographs. Oral signs were the number of(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)