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Introduction: CM carbonaceous chondrites have been constituent materials of hydrated planetesimals in the early solar system. They consist mainly of hydrous minerals as a result of extensive aqueous alteration. At a certain period after the aqueous alteration, many CM chondrites have been heated to higher temperature [e.g., 1], which caused evaporation loss(More)
Bartter's syndrome is a heterogeneous disorder characterised by deficient renal reabsorption of sodium and chloride, and hypokalaemic metabolic alkalosis with hyper-reninaemia and hyperaldosteronaemia. Mutations in several ion transporters and channels have been associated with the pathogenesis of Bartter's syndrome. We describe two hypocalcaemic patients(More)
Although cells of the osteoblast lineage express functional ERs, direct effects of estrogen on bone formation remain obscure. In the present study, we have investigated estrogen effects on osteoblastic and adipocytic differentiation from a mouse bone marrow stromal cell line, ST-2, which had been manipulated to overexpress either human ER␣ (ST2ER␣) or ER␤(More)
Osteoblasts and adipocytes are derived from common bone marrow stromal cells that play crucial roles in the generation of osteoclasts. Activation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARgamma) induces adipogenic differentiation of stromal cells; however, whether this would affect osteoblast/osteoclast differentiation is unknown. Thus, we(More)
UNLABELLED Monthly minodronate at 30 or 50 mg had similar efficacy as 1 mg daily in terms of change in bone mineral density (BMD) and bone turnover markers with similar safety profiles. This new regimen provides patients with a new option for taking minodronate. INTRODUCTION Minodronate at a daily oral dose of 1 mg has been proven to have antivertebral(More)
Skull metastasis of thyroid carcinoma is rare. The majority of skull metastases of thyroid carcinoma are of the follicular subtype, rather than thyroid papillary carcinoma. In this report, a 55-year-old woman with skull metastasis from thyroid papillary carcinoma is presented. The metastatic lesion of the skull was hypervascular and osteolytic, and the(More)
The authors report a case in which a patient harbored a corticotroph macroadenoma that secreted biologically inactive high-molecular-weight adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) as well as authentic ACTH 1-39. The secretion of the high-molecular-weight ACTH was determined using gel chromatography. The authors believe that these two molecules competed with each(More)
A 58-year-old woman and a 71-year-old woman presented with extremely rare skull base metastases from follicular thyroid carcinoma (FTC). Surgical removal and external radiotherapy were performed followed by iodine-131 ((131)I) brachytherapy and thyroid hormone administration. The metastatic tumors in the skull base were well controlled. Treatment for skull(More)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory airway disease associated with various systemic comorbidities including osteoporosis. Osteoporosis and its related fractures are common and have significant impacts on quality of life and even respiratory function in patients with COPD. COPD-associated osteoporosis is however extremely(More)
Many osteoporotics have comorbid diabetes mellitus (DM), hypertension (HT), and dyslipidemia (DL). However, whether such comorbidities alter response to anti-osteoporotic treatment is unknown. We did post hoc analyses of combined data from three risedronate Japanese phase III trials to determine whether the presence of DM, HT, or DL affects its efficacy and(More)