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Adenosine induced by hypoxia exerts various effects via different types of receptors. Recently, hypoxia was shown to be a strong inducer of vascular endothelial growth factor, a secreted endothelial cell specific mitogen. In this report, we studied on effects of adenosine on inducibility of VEGF and possible mediation of hypoxia for its induction in U-937(More)
Direct amplification of DNA from clinical specimens, such as blood and faeces, by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is most often hindered by endogenous inhibitory substances, including haemoglobin and bile acids. We tested whether Ampdirect A (Shimadzu), a novel reagent cocktail that has been shown to suppress the inhibitors in blood, is also useful for(More)
Although histological studies have suggested that endothelial cells in bone (BDECs) are associated with some osteolytic bone diseases, it is still unclear how BDECs contribute to bone remodeling. Here we examined the response of BDECs to basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF, FGF-2) using primary and cloned murine BDECs isolated from the femurs of BALB/c(More)
With two-dimensional (2D) color Doppler echocardiography, the cardiac and valvular function of 24 consecutive patients with a history of Graves' disease (17 were hyperthyroid and 7 were euthyroid at the time of the examination) were evaluated. The incidences of mitral regurgitation (MR), tricuspid regurgitation (TR) and MR plus TR were significantly higher(More)
A breast cancer patient with bone metastases showed a marked response to treatment with a bisphosphonate, an inhibitor of osteoclastic bone resorption. The patient was admitted to our hospital with hypercalcemia, widespread bone metastases and severe disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). We treated her conservatively with pamidronate and gabexate(More)
Measurements of delay spread were performed at microwave frequencies of 3.35, 8.45 and 15.75GHz along quasi line-of-sight streets in metropolitan Tokyo. It is found that the delay spreads increase with the measurement distance and reach around 600 ns up to 1 km. It is also confirmed that a cumulative probability of the delay spreads follows a log-normal(More)