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The static mechanical properties of major branches of the human arteries (common carotid artery, abdominal aorta, femoral artery, and brachial artery) were studied in 39 subjects, aged 6-81 years, using an ultrasonic phase locked echo tracking system that allows continuous transcutaneous measurement of the diameter of the artery. The stiffness indices were(More)
Skeletal muscle depletion, referred to as sarcopenia, predicts morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing digestive surgery. However, the impact on liver transplantation is unclear. The present study investigated the impact of sarcopenia on patients undergoing living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). Sarcopenia was assessed by a body composition(More)
Auditory event-related potentials (P300 latency; odd-ball paradigm) were examined in 129 patients with childhood epilepsies and 53 controls. The P300 latency in the patients with epilepsies (373 +/- 39.4 ms) was significantly longer than in controls (356 +/- 38.4), and the prolongation was greatest in the patients with symptomatic partial epilepsies (390(More)
The placenta secretes various factors in stage- and cell-specific manners. We have identified a cDNA encoding a novel protein with 124 amino acids, which was named spongiotrophoblast specific protein (SSP). SSP is highly homologous to mouse 4311, showing 81% and 59% similarity at the nucleotide and amino acid levels, respectively. Northern blot analysis(More)
Few studies have examined the long-term outcomes and prognostic factors associated with pediatric living living-donor liver transplantation (LDLT) using reduced and hyper-reduced left lateral segment grafts. We conducted a retrospective, single-center assessment of the outcomes of this procedure, as well as clinical factors that influenced graft and patient(More)
A practical method for the production of calcium 2-keto-l-gulonate (an intermediate in the Reichstein synthesis of l-ascorbic acid) from d-glucose has been established by using a two-stage fermentation system. d-Glucose was first converted to calcium 2,5-diketo-d-gluconate by a mutant strain of Erwinia sp. in a medium containing d-glucose, corn steep(More)
The gene encoding a cephalosporin-C deacetylase (CAH) from Bacillus subtilis SHS 0133 was cloned and sequenced. The nucleotide sequence contained an open reading frame encoding a polypeptide consisting of 318 amino acids, the molecular weight of which was in good agreement with the value obtained by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.(More)
This report deals with the pathology and genetic basis of dilated cardiomyopathy in 10 Holstein-Friesian cows aged 3-6 years, a disease similar to that reported in Simmental-Red Holstein and Holstein-Friesian cattle in several other countries. The main clinical signs were associated with systemic circulatory failure, and at necropsy the animals showed(More)
The static elastic properties of arterial tree (abdominal aorta and common carotid artery) were studied in 19 normal subjects and in 49 patients with myocardial infarction with an ultrasonic phase-locked echo-tracking system that allows continuous transcutaneous measurement of the arterial diameter. The stiffness index beta, which represented the mechanical(More)
Twenty-two cases of cardiac myxomas were reviewed. The patients were 8 men and 14 women ranging in age from 12 to 73 (mean: 50.8 +/- 16. 6) at operation. They suffered from dyspnea, palpitation, and cough, similar to mitral disease symptoms, and cerebral emboli in 6 patients (30%) with left atrial myxomas. Echocardiography, especially transesophageal, was(More)