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The nucleotide sequences of the 16S rRNA gene (rDNA) in 38 taxa of the genus Staphylococcus were compared phylogenetically. Based on phylogenetic tree analysis, staphylococcal species were divided into 12 cluster groups. These cluster groups were in very good agreement with species groups determined by DNA-DNA reassociation studies. These genealogical(More)
We have systematically characterized gene expression patterns in 49 adult and embryonic mouse tissues by using cDNA microarrays with 18,816 mouse cDNAs. Cluster analysis defined sets of genes that were expressed ubiquitously or in similar groups of tissues such as digestive organs and muscle. Clustering of expression profiles was observed in embryonic(More)
A glutamic acid-specific protease has been purified to homogeneity from Bacillus licheniformis ATCC 14580 utilizing Phe-Leu-D-Glu-OMe-Sepharose affinity chromatography and crystallized. The molecular weight of the protease was estimated to be approximately 25,000 by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. This protease, which we propose to call BLase(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the stage-specific follicular response to recombinant human FSH (rhFSH), urinary FSH (uFSH), and hMG preparations. SETTING In vitro follicle culture. INTERVENTION(S) Small preantral and tertiary follicles isolated from adult normal BDF-1 mice and androgen-sterilized mice were cultured with rhFSH, uFSH, and hMG for 4 days. MAIN(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the predictive powers of self-measurement of blood pressure at home (home blood pressure measurement) and casual (screening) blood pressure measurement for mortality. DESIGN A prospective cohort study. SUBJECTS AND METHODS We obtained home and screening blood pressure measurements for 1789 subjects aged > or = 40 years who were(More)
To investigate the relation between nocturnal decline in blood pressure and mortality, we obtained ambulatory blood pressures in 1542 residents aged 40 years or over of a rural Japanese community. Subjects were followed-up for a mean of 5.1 years and were then subdivided into four groups according to the percent decline in nocturnal blood pressure: 1)(More)
Although abdominal perforator flaps based on a cutaneous branch of the deep inferior epigastric artery (DIEP flaps) have many advantages, preparing these flaps is technically difficult and requires great skill, especially as the portion of the artery running under the anterior rectus abdominis sheath must be operated upon "blind". To allow easier(More)
Mutations in several genes encoding transcription factors of the hepatocyte nuclear factor (HNF) cascade are associated with maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY), a monogenic form of early-onset diabetes mellitus. The ability of the orphan nuclear receptor small heterodimer partner (SHP, NR0B2) to modulate the transcriptional activity of MODY1(More)