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The biological behavior of childhood B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) is different from that of adults. We performed a comprehensive analysis of the deletion and the methylation profile of CDKN2A (hereafter identified separately as p16 and p14, for the different proteins encoded) and CDKN2B (hereafter p15) in 91 newly diagnosed B-ALL patients(More)
We used pyrosequencing, peptide nucleic acid (PNA)-clamping polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and real-time PCR to detect the BRAF V600E mutation and to investigate the prognostic effect of the BRAF V600E mutation in paraffin block specimens from 100 patients diagnosed with papillary thyroid carcinoma. Positive rates of PNA-clamping PCR, real-time PCR, and(More)
We had previously reported the association of the NQO1*2/*2 polymorphism with a decreased risk for multiple myeloma (MM) in Koreans (odds ratio, OR, 0.24; 95% confidence interval, CI, 0.01-0.68). The associations of polymorphisms of other metabolizing enzymes (CYP1A1, GSTM1 and GSTT1) with the MM risk were investigated in 116 Korean MM patients and 176(More)
It is well established that TGF-β1 and retinoic acid (RA) cause IgA isotype switching in mice. We recently found that lactoferrin (LF) also has an activity of IgA isotype switching in spleen B cells. The present study explored the effect of LF on the Ig production by mouse peritoneal B cells. LF, like TGF-β1, substantially increased IgA production in(More)
Glutaric aciduria type I (GA I) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by a deficiency of glutaryl-CoA dehydrogenase. Although over 400 patients confirmed as GA I have been reported, reports from the Asian population had contributed to the minor proportion. We recently diagnosed two cases of GA I confirmed with mutational analysis. Here, we present their(More)
Death receptor 3 (DR3, TNFRSF25) is expressed by activated lymphocytes and signaling by its ligand, TL1A, enhances cytokine expression and proliferation. Recent studies show that DR3 is also present on murine type 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s). Here, we show that DR3 is expressed by IL-22-producing human group 3 innate lymphoid cells (ILC3s). Stimulation(More)
Thrombomodulin has a central role in the regulation of coagulation through its abilities to promote generation of the potent anticoagulant activated protein C. Because little is known about monocyte thrombomodulin expression and its regulatory mechanism by lipopolysaccharide, we investigated the effect of lipopolysaccharide on monocyte's thrombomodulin(More)
In this paper, a metrology method is presented to calibrate modular robots. It is to perform metrology at the modular level and measure the kinematic parameters of each module so that the acquired information may be used for obtaining an "as built" model every time either a modular robot is reconfigured or maintenance has been made. Based on the(More)
Since accurate identification of species is necessary for proper treatment of Acinetobacter infections, we compared the performances of 4 bacterial identification methods using 167 Acinetobacter clinical isolates to identify the best identification method. To secure more non-baumannii Acinetobacter (NBA) strains as target strains, we first identified(More)