Shuji Abe

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HESX1/Hesx1 is a member of the paired-like class of homeobox genes and is essential for pituitary and forebrain development. Mice with a targeted homozygous deletion of the Hesx1 show severe central nervous system defects, absence of optic vesicles, and a very small anterior pituitary gland. This phenotype is similar to the abnormalities observed in the(More)
Mutations of DSS (dosage sensitive sex reversal)-AHC critical region on the X chromosome, gene 1 DAX-1(NROB1)] results in X-linked adrenal hypoplasia congenita (AHC) and hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (HHG). Here we report four Japanese patients with AHC and HHG caused by the mutations of the DAX-1 gene. All patients manifested adrenal crisis at early(More)
Gitelman syndrome is a renal disorder characterized by hypokalemia, hypomagnesemia, metabolic alkalosis and hypocalciuria due to the defective tubular reabsorption of magnesium and potassium. This disease is caused by mutations of thiazide-sensitive Na-Cl cotransporter (TSC) gene. Gitelman syndrome is usually distinguished from Bartter syndrome by the(More)
Clinical squeal of the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis patients with methotrexate (MTX) according to the Japanese government recommended dose of 8 mg/week was evaluated prospectively. A total of 176 patients with active RA attending Konan Kakogawa Hospital and Kobe University Hospital were enrolled. Patients' profile at the start of study was Class 2.0(More)
Congenital lipoid adrenal hyperplasia (lipoid CAH) is the most severe form of CAH in which the synthesis of all gonadal and adrenal cortical steroids is markedly impaired. Lipoid CAH may be caused by the defect in either the steroidogenic acute regulatory (StAR) protein or the P450scc. More than 34 different mutations in StAR gene have been identified.(More)
The treatment of patients with severe flexion contracture of the rheumatoid knee, deprived of ambulation for long periods of time, is challenging. Based on three cases, we indicate the potential risks of posterior dislocation of the knee after total knee arthroplasty. In this pathological condition, surgeons must carefully select the type of implant in(More)
CONTEXT Genomic rearrangements at 15q21 have been shown to cause overexpression of CYP19A1 and resultant aromatase excess syndrome (AEXS). However, mutation spectrum, clinical consequences, and underlying mechanisms of these rearrangements remain to be elucidated. OBJECTIVE The aim of the study was to clarify such unsolved matters. DESIGN, SETTING, AND(More)
Surface potential switching on gold(111) surfaces is induced by complexation/decomplexation reactions of a bipyridine (BP) derivative and palladium(II) chloride, as observed by Kelvin probe force microscopy (KFM). On the basis of the theoretical predictions, a 4-(5-phenylethynyl-2,2'-bipyridine-5'-yl-ethynyl)benzenethiol (PhBP) derivative was synthesized(More)
(Received) ABSTRACT Effects of Coulomb interactions and lattice fluctuations in the optical absorption spectra of C 60 and C 70 are theoretically investigated by using a tight binding model with long-range Coulomb interaction and bond disorder. Anisotropy effects in C 70 are also considered. Optical spectra are calculated by using the Hartree-Fock(More)