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It has been demonstrated that the level of serum copper unbound to ceruloplasmin (loosely bound copper) is increased in Wilson's disease, although the total serum copper concentration is usually low, reflecting a low ceruloplasmin level. To assess the contribution of free radical reactions catalyzed by nonceruloplasmin copper to the development of(More)
The oxidation of rat red blood cells (RBC) by molecular oxygen was performed in an aqueous suspension with an azo compound as a free-radical initiator. The RBC were oxidized at a constant rate by a free-radical chain mechanism, resulting in hemolysis. The extent of hemolysis was proportional to the concentration of free radical. alpha-Tocopherol in RBC(More)
The prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection is high among Asian populations, but the incidences of gastric cancer differ greatly among northern and southern Asian populations. Here, we studied histopathological findings in stomach tissue using an updated Sydney System and the frequencies of interleukin (IL)-1betapolymorphisms, thought to be associated(More)
The Japanese Society of Chemotherapy (JSC) conducted the first nationwide surveillance of bacterial respiratory pathogens during the period from January to August 2006. With the cooperation of 32 medical institutions throughout Japan, a total of 924 strains belonging to seven clinically relevant bacterial species were collected from adult patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Pulmonary cachexia is common in advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), culminating in exercise intolerance and a poor prognosis. Ghrelin is a novel growth hormone (GH)-releasing peptide with GH-independent effects. The efficacy and safety of adding ghrelin to pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) in cachectic COPD patients were(More)
In order to evaluate the changes in uterine oxytocin receptor-specific mRNA during pregnancy, receptor expression in Xenopus oocytes are examined electrophysiologically following microinjection of mRNA from human uterus. In voltage-clamped oocytes injected with term myometrial mRNA, oxytocin elicited an inward current response. The amplitude of the(More)
We describe a case of infective endocarditis caused by Campylobacter fetus accompanied by pulmonary emboli. A 52-year-old man was referred to our hospital due to febrile temperatures with a history of dental treatment followed by eating raw meat. Computed tomography revealed multiple infiltrations and a nodule with low attenuation area and feeding vessels.(More)
The authors investigated long-term outcome and treatment strategy of corticosteroid-induced psychotic and mood disorders as defined by DSM-IV. Review of medical records of 2,069 referral patients revealed 18 applicable patients. Their clinical characteristics, longitudinal courses, and treatments were studied. The authors identified 15 patients with mood(More)
Local production of immunosuppressive cytokines will be one of the most suitable therapeutic strategies against organ-specific autoimmune diabetes. To establish such a new therapy, we constructed recombinant adenoviral vectors with inserted mIL-12p40 (Ad.IL-12p40) and mIL-10 (Ad.IL-10). Sufficient amounts of IL-12p40 and IL-10 were secreted by relevant(More)
Oxidations of soybean phosphatidylcholine liposomes in an aqueous dispersion initiated by free radicals generated initially either in the aqueous phase or in the lipid phase were efficiently suppressed by vitamin E in the membranes. Vitamin E was consumed linearly with time and, when the inhibition period was over the oxidation proceeded rapidly at a rate(More)