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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Photostability of cold gas-phase tryptophan (Trp) enantiomers in L-serine (L-Ser) clusters at 8 K as a model for interstellar molecular clouds was examined using a tandem mass spectrometer containing a cold ion trap to investigate the hypothesis that homochirality in gas-phase Ser clusters promotes the enantiomeric enrichment of other amino acids via(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)