Naoki Hamada

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High mobility group box1 protein (HMGB1) was originally discovered as a nuclear binding protein, and is known to play an important role in acute lung injury. However, the role of HMGB1 in pulmonary fibrosis has not been addressed. Therefore, we measured the HMGB1 levels in serum and bronchoalveolar lavage fluids (BALF) from patients with idiopathic(More)
Four patients, all males aged 40-64 years, presented with toxoplasmic encephalitis associated with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection manifesting as nonspecific neurological deficits such as epilepsy or hemiparesis. Magnetic resonance imaging showed single or multiple lesions with ring enhancement, mimicking metastatic brain tumor or brain(More)
This study was designed to investigate the appropriate timing for cardioversion in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation who had been rendered euthyroid from a thyrotoxic state. We carried out a retrospective study of 163 patients with thyrotoxic atrial fibrillation, with a mean follow-up of 34 months. With control of thyroid function alone, 101(More)
We have discovered two distinctly different fimbriae expressed by the same Porphyromonas gingivalis strain. The construction of a fimA mutant of P. gingivalis ATCC 33277 has previously been reported by N. Hamada et al. (Infect. Immun. 62:1696-1704, 1994). Expression of fimbriae on the surface of the fimA mutant and the wild-type strain, ATCC 33277, were(More)
Two members of the proteasome activator, PA28alpha and PA28beta, form a heteropolymer that binds to both ends of the 20S proteasome. Evidence in vitro indicates that this interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma)-inducible heteropolymer is involved in the processing of intracellular antigens, but its functions in vivo remain elusive. To investigate the role of(More)
Isogenic mutants of Porphyromonas gingivalis which differ in the expression of fimbriae were used to examine the contribution of fimbriae in invasion of a human oral epithelial cell line (KB). At a multiplicity of infection of 100, the wild-type P. gingivalis strains 33277, 381, and A7436 exhibited adherence efficiencies of 5.5, 0.11, and 5.0%,(More)
Dietary restriction of C3H/Ou mice prevents development of spontaneous mammary adenocarcinoma by suppressing mammary expression of the mouse mammary tumor virus (MMTV) via a mechanism which may involve prolactin. In the present study, dietary restriction of 40% was imposed for 16 weeks on nulliparous C3H/Ou mice, interrupted by ad libitum consumption at(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The purpose of the present study was to examine the effects of restraint stress on periodontal breakdown resulting from Porphyromonas gingivalis-challenged periodontitis in rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS To examine the influence of restraint stress on periodontal breakdown, rats were orally challenged with the periodontal pathogen P.(More)
A 41-year-old woman developed laxity and wrinkling of the skin. This process spread slowly to involve the skin of almost the entire body, without any previous inflammatory skin disorder. The skin of her face, neck, and trunk hung in loose folds, leading to a prematurely aged appearance. One year later she noticed edema on her face and legs. Laboratory(More)
PURPOSE To compare the effectiveness of thin-section helical CT and MR imaging with gadolinium-enhanced dynamic technique and MR cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) in the examination of patients with intraductal papillary mucinous tumors. MATERIAL AND METHODS Helical CT, dynamic MR imaging, and MRCP of 25 intraductal papillary mucinous tumors were compared(More)