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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)
A monoclonal antibody that recognizes antigenic determinants on the nucleus of cultured mammalian cells was isolated. Immunofluorescence studies using this antibody showed that the recognized antigen was present not only on the nucleus but also in cytoplasmic vesicles of interphase cells and in the perichromosomal region of mitotic cells. Premature(More)
Neuropsychiatric symptoms are very common in tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). Autism is present in up to 60% of these patients, and TSC accounts for 1-4% of all cases of autism. In this study, we illustrate a 27 year-old female patient with TSC, autism, and renal angiomyolipomas, in whom everolimus treatment was associated with improvement in behavioral(More)
BACKGROUND Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is an autosomal dominant disorder causing multiple hamartomas. Treatment of TSC lesions with mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors is effective. Recently, several reports have shown the efficacy of topical rapamycin (sirolimus) for angiofibromas. However, almost all studies have been case studies and the 0·1%(More)