Shozo Fujiwara

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Risk factors for hip fracture were determined from a Japanese cohort. A cohort of 4573 people (mean age 58.5 +/- 12.2) who participated in the Adult Health Study in 1978-1980 were subsequently followed by biennial examinations up to 1992. Fifty-five incident hip fractures not due to traffic accidents were identified by medical records during the follow-up(More)
We have established a high-efficiency method for transforming the unicellular, green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii by electroporation. Electroporation of strains CC3395 and CC425, cell wall-less mutants devoid of argininosuccinate lyase (encoded by ARG7), in the presence of the plasmid pJD67 (which contains ARG7) was used to optimize conditions for the(More)
cDNA clones for the periplasmic carbonic anhydrase (CA; carbonate hydro-lyase, EC of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii cells were isolated and characterized. The fact that the cloned cDNA fragments encoded a 377-amino acid polypeptide (41,626 Da) consisting of an NH2-terminal hydrophobic signal peptide of 20 amino acids, a large (35,603 Da) subunit(More)
BACKGROUND Although vertebral fractures are very common among elderly Caucasian women, no studies have compared the prevalence to that among Asian populations. Any observed differences in prevalence might lead to the identification of important environmental and/or genetic factors. We therefore compared the prevalence of vertebral fractures among US(More)
Hip fracture incidence rates among men and women of Japanese ancestry living on Oahu, Hawaii, from 1979 to 1981 were compared with rates for Japanese living on Okinawa, Japan, from 1984 to 1985. Both rates were further compared with those for various American Caucasian populations, including that of Rochester, Minnesota, from 1978 to 1982. Age-specific and(More)
We have found that the hyperthermophilic archaeon Pyrococcus kodakaraensis KOD1 produces an extracellular chitinase. The gene encoding the chitinase (chiA) was cloned and sequenced. The chiA gene was found to be composed of 3,645 nucleotides, encoding a protein (1,215 amino acids) with a molecular mass of 134,259 Da, which is the largest among known(More)
PURPOSE To determine whether evaluation of source images from magnetic resonance (MR) angiography in addition to maximum-intensity projection (MIP) images improves the detection of aneurysms. MATERIALS AND METHODS Conventional and MR angiography were performed in 193 patients with various intracranial vascular lesions or normal findings. Images were(More)
Two copies of structurally related genes (CAH1 and CAH2) for carbonic anhydrase (EC were found to be tandemly clustered on the Chlamydomonas reinhardtii genome. The previously isolated cDNA clones for carbonic anhydrase polypeptides were derived from the upstream gene, CAH1, which has 10 introns in its coding region. The downstream gene, CAH2, also(More)
Somatosensory evoked magnetic fields (SEFs), corresponding with electrical median nerve stimulation, were measured using an MRI-linked, whole-head MEG system. In total 184 hemispheres, SEFs were measured, involving 22 normal volunteers and 70 patients with intracranial lesions. The first SEF peak appeared 20.2 +/- 1.5 msec (mean +/- S.D.) after stimulation.(More)
A unique extracellular and thermostable cyclomaltodextrin glucanotransferase (CGTase) from the hyperthermophilic archaeon Thermococcus sp. strain B1001 produces predominantly (>85%) alpha-cyclomaltodextrin (alpha-CD) from starch (Y. Tachibana, et al., Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 65:1991--1997, 1999). Nucleotide sequencing of the CGTase gene (cgtA) and its(More)