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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)
Allogeneic bone marrow transplantation and donor lymphocyte infusion are powerful treatments for chemotherapy-resistant leukemia. Tumor eradication is attributed to a graft-versus-leukemia reaction by the donor-derived cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs), but the same cell population may cause severe graft-versus-host disease. One strategy to suppress harmful(More)
To determine the effect of a certain diet on the intestinal flora of rats, the cecal flora of rats fed a low protein or low lysine diet was examined. Total counts of bacteria in the cecal contents of rats given the four kinds of diet (a normal protein diet, a low protein diet, a normal lysine diet and a low lysine diet) were not significantly different. The(More)
The values of pH and the concentrations of nitrogen (N) and ammonia in the middle part of the small intestinal and cecal contents of germfree (GF) and conventionalized (CVZ) seven-week-old rats were compared. The pH of the small intestinal and cecal contents of GF rats was higher than that of CVZ rats. There was no difference in total N per fresh weight in(More)