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We found that the expression of galectin-1 and galectin-3 was significantly up-regulated in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) both in the course of their transdifferentiation into myofibroblasts, a process of "self-activation," and in the fibrosis of liver tissues. Recombinant galectin-1 and galectin-3 stimulated the proliferation of cultured HSCs via the(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS We studied the effect of Inchin-ko-to (TJ-135), a herb medicine that has been clinically used for liver cirrhosis in Japan, on liver fibrosis in a rat model and on the function of stellate cells. METHODS Rat liver fibrosis was generated by thioacetamide (TAA) administration. DNA synthesis was assessed by 5-bromo-2'-deoxyuridine(More)
This study compared the antibacterial activities of three dentin primers and investigated a newly designed experimental system using a bovine tooth model method for evaluating antibacterial activity by comparing this method with a conventional disk diffusion method. The antibacterial activities of SA primer in Clearfil Liner Bond, LB primer in Clearfil(More)
The activity of the lateral pterygoid muscle has been regarded to be related to the pathological condition of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) in the craniomandibular disorders. Because the lateral pterygoid muscle is a deep muscle, a needle electrode is necessary for EMG recordings. The purpose of this study was to establish a non-invasive method for the(More)
Introduction Herbal medicine has been recognized as one of useful treatments for chronic liver diseases. Inchinko-to (TJ135) consists of Artemisia Capillaris Spike, Gardenia Fruit and Rhubarb Rhizome. Artemisia Capillaris Spike and Gardenia Fruit promote bile secretion [1,2]. Rhubarb Rhizome is used for constipation. Rhubarb Rhizome contains anthraquinone(More)
The pharmacological interaction between pepstatin A, a specific inhibitor of cathepsin D, and N-acetyl-L-cysteine was analyzed using hepatic stellate cells in primary culture. Isolated rat stellate cells were cultured on plastic dishes in Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium (DMEM). Proteins and phospho-proteins were detected by Western blot. DNA synthesis(More)
We analyzed the genetic diversity and environmental correlates of the haptoglobin (Hp) gene by RFLP analysis of 121 subterranean mole rats, comprising 13 populations belonging to the 4 chromosomal species (2n = 52, 54, 58 and 60) of the actively speciating Spalax ehrenbergi superspecies in Israel. The following results were indicated: (i) Out of the six(More)
Address: 1Department of Hepatology, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka City University, Osaka 545-8585, Japan, 2Department Anatomy, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka City University, Osaka 545-8585, Japan, 3Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8397, Japan, 4Department of Biological Chemistry,(More)
BACKGROUND Sandblasting particles which remain on the surfaces of dental restorations are removed prior to cementation. It is probable that adhesive strength between luting material and sandblasting particle remnants might exceed that with restorative material. If that being the case, blasting particles adhere to sandblasted material surface could be(More)