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BACKGROUND The first aim of this study was to clarify the effective ratio of extractive from leaves of Morus Alba (ELM) to sucrose so as to apply this knowledge to the preparation of confections that could effectively suppress the elevation of postprandial blood glucose and insulin. The second aim was to identify the efficacy of confections prepared with(More)
Angiotensin II (AngII) is coupled to several important intracellular signaling pathways, and increases intracellular Ca2+. In vascular smooth muscle (VSM) cells, AngII is known to activate enzymes such as tyrosine protein kinase (Tyr-PK), phospholipase C (PLC), protein kinase C (PKC), and phophatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI-3-K). A non-receptor Tyr-PK,(More)
Osteochondral injuries remain difficult to repair. We developed a novel photo-cross-linkable furfurylamine-conjugated gelatin (gelatin-FA). Gelatin-FA was rapidly cross-linked by visible light with Rose Bengal, a light sensitizer, and was kept gelled for 3 weeks submerged in saline at 37°C. When bone marrow-derived stromal cells (BMSCs) were suspended in(More)
PURPOSE Bone defects and nonunions are major clinical skeletal problems. Growth factors are commonly used to promote bone regeneration; however, the clinical impact is limited because the factors do not last long at a given site. The introduction of tissue engineering aimed to deter the diffusion of these factors is a promising therapeutic strategy. The(More)
We investigated the action of calmidazolium (CMZ), an inhibitor of calmodulin (CaM), on the L-type Ca2+ currents (ICa(L)) of cultured vascular smooth muscle (VSM) cells (A7r5 cell line), by using the whole-cell voltage-clamp method. All experiments were conducted at room temperature (24-25 degrees C). The peak IBa (Ca2+ channel current with 5 mM Ba2+ as(More)
Recombinant human gelatin was conjugated with dopamine using carbodiimide as a surface modifier. This dopamine-coupled human gelatin (D-rhG) was characterized by (1)H-nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectroscopy, and circular dichroism. D-rhG-coated surface properties were analyzed by physicochemical methods. Additionally, cell attachment and growth on the(More)
BACKGROUND Although the levels of immunoglobulin E (IgE) in the circulating blood are often elevated in patients with allergic diseases, such levels cannot always be considered as pathognomonic signs of allergy. The induction of allergic reactions in the tissue was inferred to be related to the amount of IgE passing through the vascular wall. AIMS We(More)
The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between the positioning of upper extremity and gliding distance of the median nerve during passive and active motion of the wrist and fingers. The longitudinal gliding of the medial nerve in the forearm was measured in 34 healthy subjects by ultrasonographic dynamic images. Those images were analyzed(More)
Tyrosine protein kinase (Tyr-PK) regulation of L-type Ca2+ channel (CaL) current was studied in COS-7 cells expressing vascular smooth muscle-type alpha1C-b with no auxiliary subunit by using a whole-cell voltage clamp. The averaged peak amplitude of CaL currents was -0.33 +/- 0.03 at holding potential of -60 mV. Na(3)VO(4), genistein and phosphorylated(More)
To evaluate the effect of expression of latent membrane protein (LMP) 1 encoded by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) on Cε mRNA expression, mRNA levels were examined by RT-PCR or Northern blot analysis upon transient transfection of LMP1 in the spleno-cytes derived from Brown-Norway rats with or without immunization with 2,4-dinitrophenyl-conjugated Ascaris suum(More)