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Previous studies [Kondo, T., Dale, G. L. and Beutler, E. (1981) Biochim. Biophys. Acta, 645, 132-136] have shown evidence for the existence of two different active-transport processes for glutathione disulphide (GSSG) in human erythrocytes (the high-Km and low-Km processes). In the present investigation adenosine-triphosphate-dependent transport of(More)
The chromium content was measured in the lungs of chromate workers, obtained at necropsy in six patients and at surgery in two. The mean chromium content of peripheral lung tissue was 36.7 micrograms per gm wet weight (range 0.50 to 130.2 micrograms) and that of the large airways was 0.51 micrograms per gm wet weight (range 0.22 to 0.99 micrograms). These(More)
AIM Liver stiffness (LS) measured by transient elastography (TE) has been reported to correlate with liver fibrosis, which is usually semiquantitatively assessed. In the present study, the fibrosis area was measured by image analysis software in liver biopsy specimens and its correlation with LS was assessed. METHODS LS was measured by TE in all 165(More)
AIM To investigate the prevalence of functional dyspepsia and Helicobacter pylori infection and their relationship in a Japanese population. METHODS Two thousand five hundred people who visited Shimane Institute of Health Science for their annual medical check-up from September 1998 to August 1999 were prospectively enrolled in the study. After routine(More)
A unique form of hypersensitivity pneumonitis in which clinical symptoms appear in the summer and subside spontaneously in the mid-autumn was found in Japan. This disease was named summer-type hypersensitivity pneumonitis and was found the most prevalent form in Japan. This disease has the following characteristic features: 1) initiation in the summer; 2)(More)
Trace amounts of volatile sulfur compounds were determined in the expired alveolar gas by gas chromatography. Among these sulfur containing substances, methyl mercaptan and dimethyl sulfide were quantitatively analyzed in 116 subjects; 53 normal, 13 acute hepatitis, 11 chronic hepatitis, 20 hepatic cirrhosis, and 19 stomach ulcer and/or biopsy of gastric(More)
AIM To investigate the factors other than fibrosis stage correlating with acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) elastograpy in chronic hepatitis C. METHODS ARFI elastograpy was performed in 108 consecutive patients with chronic hepatitis C who underwent a liver biopsy. The proportion of fibrosis area in the biopsy specimens was measured by(More)