Minako Kametaka

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We report a rare case of extramedullary plasmacytoma, which arose either in the ileum or the ileal mesentery. A 70-year-old woman presented with a high fever and symptoms of bowel obstruction. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging showed a large heterogeneous tumor in the peritoneal cavity. Serum immunoelectrophoresis revealed a biclonal(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The incidence of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) in patients with predisposing immunodeficiencies other than AIDS is growing. Knowing the different characteristics and outcomes of PCP according to HIV status would help physicians manage and treat patients with PCP. METHODS The medical charts of all patients with a proven(More)
To identify the functional domains of the human thrombopoietin (TPO) receptor essential for proliferation and megakaryocytic differentiation, we introduced human wild type c-mpl cDNA and deletion mutants of c-mpl cDNA into the human erythropoietin (EPO)-dependent cell line UT-7/EPO that does not express endogenous c-Mpl. TPO induced the proliferation and(More)
To observe the influence of intestinal microbes on energy metabolism, male ICR strain germ-free (GF) mice, gnotobiotic (GB) mice, produced from GF mice monocontaminated with Staphylococcus epidermidis (Staph.) at three weeks of age, and conventional (CV) mice were used. Metabolizable energy, heat production and net energy (gain) per mouse were measured for(More)
To determine the effect of a certain diet on the intestinal flora of chicks, the cecal flora of chicks fed on a low protein or low lysine diet was examined. The cecal flora of chicks fed on the low protein diet was similar to that of chicks fed on a normal protein diet, but the total count of bacteria, Eubacterium and Enterobacteriaceae in the cecal content(More)
Diacylglyceryl-2-aminoethylphosphonate was isolated from bovine liver by a combination of silicic acid column and silica gel thin-layer chromatographic techniques, and was identified from the results of elementary analysis, the infrared spectrum, chemical properties, and chromatographic behavior. This is the first isolation of a lipid-bound form of(More)
In order to observe the influence of intestinal microbes, nitrogen (N) of the carcasses and of the gut contents of 80-day-old germfree (GF), Escherichia coil (E. coil) or Staphylococcus epidermidis (Staph.) mono contaminated (at 56 days of age) gnotobiotic (GB) and conventional (CV) mice was estimated. The body weight of CV mice was greater than that of GF(More)