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The mydriatic response to dilute tropicamide was studied in 25 Japanese patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), 13 patients with non-AD neurological diseases (non-AD) and 11 normal elderly subjects (control). Although the changes in resting pupil diameter and area over baseline were significantly greater (p < 0.05) in AD patients than in non-AD patients and(More)
To determine the role of leukotriene (LT)-degrading enzymes in allergic reactions, we studied the effects of inhibitors of gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (gamma-GTP) and dipeptidases on increases in pulmonary insufflation pressure (PIP) and vascular permeability induced by ovalbumin (OA) antigen in guinea pigs sensitized to OA antigen in vivo. Vascular(More)
Cerebrospinal fluid from 70 patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and 96 patients with non-AD neurological diseases as well as 19 normal control subjects was surveyed by sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay to quantitate levels of the microtubule-associated protein tau in cerebrospinal fluid. The tau level was significantly increased in AD patients(More)
Exacerbations of asthma are often associated with respiratory infection caused by rhinoviruses. To study the effects of rhinovirus infection on respiratory epithelium, a primary target for respiratory viruses, human rhinovirus (HRV)-2 and HRV-14 were infected to primary cultures of human tracheal epithelial cells. Viral infection was confirmed by showing(More)
Identification of the innervation zone is widely used to optimize the accuracy and precision of noninvasive surface electromyography (EMG) signals because the EMG signal is strongly influenced by innervation zones. However, simply structured fusiform muscle, such as biceps brachii muscle, has been employed mainly due to the simplicity with which the(More)
To investigate whether rhinovirus infection impairs epithelial barrier functions, human rhinovirus 14 (HRV-14) was infected to primary cultures of human tracheal epithelial cells and experiments were performed on Day 2 after HRV-14 infection. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2; 3 x 10(-)4 M) increased electrical conductance (G) across the epithelial cell sheet(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was undertaken to gain insights into the clinical utility of measuring cerebrospinal fluid tau protein (CSF-tau) to aid in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). SETTING AD patients from Tohoku University Hospital, Sendai Japan were sampled. SUBJECTS AND METHODS CSF-tau levels were examined by sandwich enzyme-linked(More)
To further understand the early biochemical events that occur in infected surface epithelium, we developed for the first time a model in which a respiratory submucosal gland cell population can be infected with rhinovirus (RV). Viral infection was confirmed by demonstrating with PCR that viral titers in supernatants and lysates from infected cells increased(More)
Cis-acting elements of the gene for mouse glycophorin, an erythroid-specific membrane glycoprotein, were determined by transient and stable transfection assays using murine erythroleukemia (MEL) cells. Cis-acting elements proximal to the transcription start site of the gene can be separated into the basal promoter (-1 to 191 bp) and the distal element (-133(More)
Rhinovirus infection has attracted attention because it can lead to acute exacerbations of chronic inflammatory airway diseases such as bronchial asthma and chronic bronchitis. We established a culture system and inoculated human rhinovirus to human tracheal epithelial cells, and found that infection was augmented by up-regulation of intercellular adhesion(More)