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AIMS To evaluate the value of (18)F-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography ((18)F-FDG PET) in detecting cardiac sarcoidosis. METHODS AND RESULTS Thirty-two patients with sarcoidosis and thirty controls were recruited. All subjects underwent cardiac (18)F-FDG PET after a 6 h fasting period, and subjects with sarcoidosis underwent blood testing,(More)
Bradyrhizobium japonicum, a symbiotic nitrogen-fixing soil bacterium, has multiple gene copies for aromatic degradation on the genome and is able to use low concentrations of vanillate, a methoxylated lignin monomer, as an energy source. A transcriptome analysis indicated that one set of vanA1B, pcaG1H1, and genes for C(1) compound catabolism was(More)
The human gastrointestinal tract is colonized by a vast community of symbionts and commensals. Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) form a group of related, low-GC-content, gram-positive bacteria that are considered to offer a number of probiotic benefits to general health. While the role of LAB in gastrointestinal microecology has been the subject of extensive(More)
In general, it had been believed that the cell fate restriction of terminally differentiated somatic cells was irreversible. In 1952, somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) was introduced to study early embryonic development in frogs. So far, various mammalian species have been successfully cloned using the SCNT technique, though its efficiency is very low.(More)
Stabilizers (epoxidized linseed oil and epoxidized soybean oil) and plasticizers (acetyl tributyl citrate, diacetyl monolauryl glyceride and dibutyl sebacate) commonly used in polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC) films and extracts of such films were investigated for estrogenic and androgenic activity by means of estrogen receptor (ER) and androgen receptor (AR)(More)
A 45-year-old man, who had been diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH) 8 years before, was referred to our hospital because of short breath and lower-limb edema. Findings of chest X-ray, electrocardiogram, and cardiac ultrasound showed right atrial and ventricular dilatation/hypertrophy that were compatible with advanced PPH. Chest enhanced(More)
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