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BACKGROUND The impairment that pruritic skin diseases have on patient productivity at work, in the classroom, and in daily activities is substantial and needs to be characterized. The objective of this study was to determine how pruritic skin diseases impact patient productivity and quality of life (QOL), in order to improve the measurement of these(More)
The hallmark of tuberous sclerosis is the presence of multiple cortical tubers. Identifying the epileptogenic tubers is difficult and often requires invasive intracranial electroencephalograph (EEG) monitoring. We report on a patient with tuberous sclerosis upon whom the novel magnetoencephalography (MEG) technique of synthetic aperture magnetometry (SAM)(More)
The aim of this study was to determine whether CD4(+) IL-17A(+) Th17 cells infiltrate vitiligo skin and to investigate whether the proinflammatory cytokines related to Th17 cell influence melanocyte enzymatic activity and cell fate. An immunohistochemical analysis showed Th17 cell infiltration in 21 of 23 vitiligo skin samples in addition to CD8(+) cells(More)
For long-term gene expression in tissues, we constructed an Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) replicon-based plasmid, pEB, containing the latent viral DNA replication origin (oriP) and EBV nuclear antigen-1 (EBNA-1). When pEB was transferred to human cells (HeLa-S3, HEK 293 and FS 3) and rodent cells (BHK-21) using HVJ-cationic liposomes, luciferase expression was(More)
Fabry disease is an X-linked recessive inborn metabolic disorder caused by a deficiency of the lysosomal enzyme alpha-galactosidase A (EC The causative mutations are diverse, include both large rearrangements and single-base substitutions, and are dispersed throughout the 7 exons of the alpha-galactosidase A gene (GLA). Mutation hotspots for(More)
To analyze the function of the laminin-binding protein precursor p40 (LBP-p40) in higher eukaryotic cells, plasmid DNA expressing antisense or sense cDNA for p40 under the control of the LacSwitch system was introduced into HeLa cells. Stable transformants were isolated, and the expression of p40 was assayed by Western and Northern blotting. The expression(More)
Laminin binding protein precursor p40 (LBP-p40) was long believed to be located exclusively in the cytoplasm. We recently reported localization of epitope-tagged LBP-p40 to the nucleus tightly associated with nuclear structure as well as on ribosomes. In this paper, we analyze the interaction of LBP-p40 with DNA and nuclear proteins in vitro. LBP-p40 was(More)