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The potential link between depression and cancer is an important unsolved question. To clarify this, we compared a cancer-related oxidative DNA damage, 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8-OH-dG), in peripheral leukocytes between 30 patients with depression and 60 age- and gender-matched healthy controls, and examined the 8-OH-dG-related factors. The degree of(More)
BACKGROUND The present study investigates whether the formation of 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8-OH-dG), a known oxidative DNA damage relevant to carcinogenicity, can be associated with psychological factors, in order to clarify the possible stress-cancer linkage from a genetic viewpoint. METHODS We performed a cross-sectional study in which we examined the(More)
The development of actuators based on materials that reversibly change shape and/or size in response to external stimuli has attracted interest for some time. A particularly intriguing possibility is offered by light-responsive materials, which allow remote operation without the need for direct contact to the actuator. The photo-response of these materials(More)
To investigate whether damages of cholinergic neurons in the brain produce aging-like changes in circadian rhythms, we examined the influences of intracerebroventricular injection of cholinergic neurotoxin ethylcholine aziridinium ion (AF64A, 5 nmol/5 microl) on circadian rhythms in rats, by measuring locomotor activity and body temperature with the(More)
Photochromism is defined as a reversible transformation of a chemical species between two isomers upon photoirradiation. Although vast numbers of photochromic molecules have been so far reported, photochromic molecules which exhibit thermally irreversible photochromic reactivity are limited to a few examples. The thermal irreversibility is an indispensable(More)
We investigated whether chronic job stress, i.e., effort-reward imbalance (ERI) and overcommitment is associated with cellular immunity among 190 male and 157 female white-collar daytime employees (mean age 38; range 22-69 years). Participants provided a blood sample for the measurement of circulating immune (natural killer (NK), B, and T) cell counts and(More)
Although the association of job satisfaction with health has been well documented, little is known about the biological mechanisms underlying this relationship. This study investigates the association of job satisfaction with cell-mediated immunity among Japanese white-collar daytime workers. A total of 306 healthy full-time employees (141 women and 165(More)
To clarify the possibility of pharmacological mediation on classical conditioning-associated asthmatic response, the effect of diazepam on an odor-induced conditioned histamine release was investigated in ovalbumin (OA)-sensitized guinea pigs, i.e. a model of bronchial asthma. The animals received conditioning sessions in which an antigen (OA) as the(More)
Cross-sectional and case-control studies have reported that psychological distress and depression are associated with reduced cellular immune competence but the directionality of the relationship remains uncertain. This study investigated whether levels of psychological distress and depressive symptoms are related to subsequent changes in counts of(More)