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Porcine membrane cofactor protein (pMCP) is abundantly expressed throughout the body with particularly strong expression on the vascular endothelia. Previous studies demonstrated that the promoter of the pMCP gene induced efficient expression of a human complement regulatory protein, decay-accelerating factor (DAF; CD55), in transgenic mice. In the present(More)
BACKGROUND The inhibitory function of HLA class I molecules, HLA-G1 and HLA-E, on natural killer (NK) cell-mediated cytolysis has previously been reported. In this study, we report on a study of the effects of the co-expression of these molecules on the inhibition of NK cell-mediated cytolysis, using a newly constructed gene. METHODS Complementary DNA(More)
There could be two approaches for combining security with entertainment, (i) an entertainment factor is embedded in security technology and (ii) a security factor is embedded in entertainment technology. Since all previous studies were focused on approach (i), we examined approach (ii). As the first attempt, this paper tried to embed a password enhancement(More)
OBJECTIVES The mechanism of alcohol-induced pancreatic damage is unclear. The aim of this study was to clarify the effects of chronic alcohol intake on the pancreatic proteome. METHODS Rats were fed an alcohol-containing Lieber-DeCarli liquid diet, and the pancreatic proteome was compared with that of pair-fed control rats using agarose 2-dimensional gel(More)
BACKGROUND We previously identified a 5.9 kDa peptide fragment of fibrinogen α C-chain (FIC 5.9) as a novel biomarker candidate for heavy drinking. In an effort to improve FIC 5.9 measurement for potential use in clinical diagnostics, we combined the ClinProt System and a stable isotope-labeled peptide standard dilution as a simple and reproducible system(More)
BACKGROUND Proteomic approaches may provide new insights into pathological conditions associated with alcoholism. The aim of this study was to conduct a proteomic analysis of liver tissue and serum in chronically alcohol-fed rats using agarose 2-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) and 3-step serum proteome analysis. METHODS A total of 12 rats were(More)
The purpose of the present study was to assess the effect of various forms of the surface-bound form of the C1 esterase inhibitor (C1-INH-PI) and decay accelerating factor (DAF) on xenogenic cells. cDNAs of various deletion mutants of the C1-INH-PI, such as delta-1-99 amino acid (AA), delta-108-183AA loop, delta-whole loop, delta-exon5, delta-exon6 + 7, and(More)
BACKGROUND The percentage of carbohydrate-deficient transferrin (%CDT) in serum is a marker of habitual alcohol intake that can be determined by antibody detection of abnormal disialo sugar chains at D432 and D630. However, this approach lacks specificity for alcoholic liver disease. To decrease the false-positive rate in patients with non-alcoholic liver(More)
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