Mariko Yamazaki

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Curcumin is a potent inhibitor of the transcription factor activator protein-1 which plays an essential role in osteoclastogenesis. However, the effects of curcumin on bone metabolism have not been clarified in vivo. We reported herein the inhibitory effects of curcumin on the stimulated osteoclastic activity in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus using(More)
We report an 81-year-old man and a 65-year-old woman with a solitary pulmonary nodule (SPN) due to infection with non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). In each case, the nodule showed a high (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake with the maximum standardized uptake values (SUV) of 13.2 and 4.8 on positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, respectively. Both(More)
BACKGROUND It has been recently reported that soluble mesothelin-related protein (SMRP), serum mesothelin, and osteopontin (OPN) are considered as relevant biomarkers for the diagnosis of mesothelioma. The aim of this study was to investigate whether serum N-ERC/mesothelin, an NH3-terminal fragment of mesothelin, and plasma OPN reflect chemotherapeutic(More)
UNLABELLED Clinical variables and laboratory data were compared to elucidate the risk factors associated with the development of ARDS among elderly patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). The predictors for ARDS appeared to differ from the determinants of severity of CAP. ARDS developed less frequently among patients aged>or=85 years. BACKGROUND(More)
Τhat β2-adrenergic receptor (β2AR) haplotypes may play a key role in clinical response to β2-agonists and haplotype Cys-19Gly16Gln27 (CysGlyGln) is reported to be associated with desensitization of β2AR to β-agonists in lymphocytes isolated from patients with asthma and septic shock. We sought to determine whether haplotypic variation of the β2AR affects(More)
A 72-year-old man patient was referred to our institution for evaluation and treatment of right pleural effusion. Eosinophilic pleural effusion and peripheral eosinophilia were identified during the course of hospitalization. Pulmonary paragonimiasis was confirmed by the presence of paragonimus-specific IgG antibodies for Paragonimus (P.) westermani and P.(More)
INTRODUCTION The optimal treatment for patients older than 80 years with small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is unknown. METHODS A retrospective chart review was conducted for 45 patients aged 80 years or older with SCLC, and therapeutic indices and toxicities of anticancer treatment were compared with those of 38 patients aged 70 to 79 years. Subgroup analyses(More)
We report a 51-year-old woman with characteristic pleural involvement of sarcoidosis. Video-assisted thoracoscopic examination identified diffuse pleural thickening in the right lung, which coincided in distribution with parenchymal reticular shadows demonstrated with high-resolution thoracic CT scan. Biopsied specimens revealed epithelioid cell granuloma(More)
Patients with chronic respiratory disease have increased susceptibility to infection, because of impairment of the local immunologic defense mechanism in the airway system, which often results in acute exacerbation. Acute exacerbation of chronic respiratory disease is one of the most important predictors of increased morbidity and mortality, and thus the(More)