Masaru Ido

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Neuroblastoma, originated from neural crest cells, is the most common extracranial solid tumor in childhood. In the present study, we evaluated in vitro the oncolytic effect of live-attenuated poliovirus on human neuroblastoma cell lines, and in vivo its therapeutic efficacy in human neuroblastoma-bearing athymic mice. Live-attenuated poliovirus killed 27(More)
Dendritic cell (DC) is the most potent activator of CD4+ T cells and has unique dendrites and veils. To explore the function of Rho in DC, exoenzyme C3 from Clostridium botulinum was used as a specific inhibitor of Rho. Treatment of DC with C3 (DC/C3) resulted in profound morphological changes by losing dendrites and emerging of shrunk membrane processes(More)
Several growth factors, including platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), have been implicated in the mechanism of lung and airway remodeling. In the present study, we evaluated whether thrombin may promote lung and airway remodeling by increasing PDGF production from lung and airway epithelial cells. Conditioned medium (CM) was prepared by treating(More)
The natural anticoagulant-activated protein C may inhibit inflammation and fibrosis in the lung. Platelet-derived growth factor is involved in the pathogenesis of lung fibrosis. This study assessed the effect of activated protein C on platelet-derived growth factor expression in human cell lines and in an in vivo model of lung fibrosis. Activated protein C(More)
BACKGROUND A self-administered quantitative food frequency questionnaire (Qx) was developed for a population-based cohort study on cancer in Takayama, Japan. METHODS The Qx was tested among 58 male and 59 female volunteers. Average daily nutrient intakes for the previous year calculated from the Qx were compared with those from 3-day food records and four(More)
Disseminated squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the skin is exceedingly rare in children. SCC occurs after immunodeficiency from immunosuppression in organ transplant recipients or patients with HIV infection or leukaemia, but has not been reported in primary immunodeficiencies other than epidermodysplasia verruciformis. Interferon gamma receptor 2 (IFN gamma(More)
BACKGROUND The vitamin K-dependent protein S (PS), mainly synthesized in hepatocytes and endothelial cells, plays a critical role in the anticoagulant activity of plasma. The decreased plasma level of PS in sepsis is associated with thrombotic tendency, but the mechanism is unclear. OBJECTIVES In the present study, we examined the effect of(More)
To determine the risk factors of the myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) we conducted a case-control study in Japan. One hundred and sixteen MDS patients were diagnosed from 1 September to 31 October 1992 and from 1 August to 31 October 1993 in the 32 hospitals enrolled in the idiopathic Disorders of Hematopoietic Organs Research Committee. Age, sex, and(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS To elucidate the mechanism of liver dysfunction occurring in patients with sepsis, we evaluated the effect of bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) on the expression of thrombomodulin (TM) in rat sinusoidal endothelial cells (SECs) and the therapeutic efficacy of exogenous recombinant TM. METHODS We induced endotoxemia in rats by bolus(More)
To compare the feasibility of response scales with different numbers of steps for measuring health status, we assessed the ease of completing 4, 5, and 7-point scales and a visual analog scale. Four forms of the questionnaire, each of which consisted of the same ten questions about health status, but with a different type of scale among the four above(More)