Makoto Furugen

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Mycobacterium consists up to 7% of mycobacterial DNA-binding protein 1 (MDP1) in total cellular proteins. Host immune responses to MDP1 were studied in mice to explore the antigenic properties of this protein. Anti-MDP1 IgG was produced after infection with either bacillus Calmette-Guérin or Mycobacterium tuberculosis in C3H/HeJ mice. However, the level of(More)
BACKGROUND Legionella pneumophila pneumonia often exacerbates acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Apoptosis of alveolar epithelial cells is considered to play an important role in the pathogenesis of ALI and ARDS. In this study, we investigated the precise mechanism by which A549 alveolar epithelial cells induced by L.(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is known to be involved in the resolution of pulmonary inflammation and repair of acute lung injury. Legionella pneumonia is sometimes complicated by acute lung injury. Our study aimed to determine the role of serum HGF levels in Legionella pneumonia. METHODS Sera from patients with Legionella pneumonia (42(More)
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