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The cell line designated HHUA was established from a well-differentiated endometrial adenocarcinoma (grade 1) of a 54-year-old female on December 10, 1980. The cell line grew well without interruption for 22 months and was subcultivated more than 56 times. The cells were spindle or polygonal in shape, formed multilayers, and did not show contact inhibition.(More)
Inactivating mutations in the follicle-stimulating hormone receptor (FSHR) gene have been reported to cause hereditary hypergonadotropic ovarian failure. It has been found recently that the FSHR knockout mouse exhibits hypertension. The aim of the present study was to investigate the association between polymorphisms in the human FSHR gene and essential(More)
OBJECTIVES The potent and selective dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor alogliptin improves glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes through incretin hormone-mediated increases in both α- and β-cell responsiveness to glucose. In this study, the efficacy and safety of alogliptin in type 2 diabetic patients undergoing hemodialysis (HD) were(More)
The potent and selective dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor vildagliptin improves glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes through incretin hormone-mediated increases in both α- and β-cell responsiveness to glucose. We conducted a prospective, open-label, parallel group, controlled study of 51 patients with type 2 diabetic patients undergoing(More)
Cold-induced autoinflammatory syndrome 1 (CIAS1) gene is a member of the NALP subfamily of the CATERPILLER protein family that is expressed predominantly in peripheral blood leukocytes, which is to regulate apoptosis or inflammation through the activation of NF-kappaB and caspase. Recent genetic analyses suggested an association between inflammation and(More)
The natriuretic peptide (NP) system may play a crucial role in development of essential hypertension (EH). C-type NP dilates arteries and lowers blood pressure and inhibits proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells via the type B NP receptor (NPR-B). However, the association of the human NPR-B gene with EH has not been studied, because little is known(More)
OBJECTIVE CYP4A11, a member of the cytochrome P450 family, acts mainly as an enzyme that converts arachidonic acid to 20-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid, a metabolite involved in blood pressure regulation in humans. Disruption of the murine cyp4a14 and cyp4a10 genes, homologues of human CYP4A11, was reported recently to cause hypertension. The gene-disrupted(More)
BACKGROUND As aromatase-deficient mice, which are deficient in estrogens, reportedly have reduced blood pressure, the aromatase gene (CYP19A1) is thought to be a susceptibility gene for essential hypertension (EH). The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between CYP19A1 and EH by examining single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). (More)
PURPOSE Cyclosporine (CsA) is often prescribed to patients with glucocorticoid (GC)-dependent nephrotic syndrome. Although it is well known that long-term administration of GC causes osteoporosis, the effects of CsA on bone metabolism are not fully established. Therefore, we examined the effects of CsA on bone metabolism in patients with GC-dependent(More)