Shuji Okinaga

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Exhaled carbon monoxide (CO) concentrations were measured on a CO monitor by vital capacity maneuvers in asthmatic patients receiving or not receiving inhaled corticosteroids and in nonsmoking and smoking healthy control subjects. CO was detectable and measured reproducibly in the exhaled air of all subjects. The exhaled CO concentrations were higher in(More)
The fetal and postnatal development of the progestin receptor systems in the intact male rat brain was investigated by means of the in vitro cytosol binding and the nuclear exchange assay using [3H]R5020 [( 17 alpha-methyl-3H]17 alpha, 21-dimethyl-19-nor-4, 9-pregnadiene-3,20-dione). The cortical cytosol receptors, first detectable at day 0, rapidly(More)
Recent studies on the human oestrogen receptor (ER) gene have revealed the complex system with the multiple untranslated first exons and promoters in the ER gene expression. Little information is however available on the system in the ER gene of the rat or nonhuman primate. The rat genomic library was first screened by the rat ER cDNA (0-1) probe. One of(More)
BACKGROUND The Quick Disability of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (QuickDASH) questionnaire is a region-specific, self-administered questionnaire, which consists of a disability/symptom (QuickDASH-DS) scale, and the same two optional modules, the work (DASH-W) and the sport/music (DASH-SM) modules, as the DASH. After the Japanese version of DASH (DASH-JSSH)(More)
To examine whether increases in heme oxygenase (HO)-1 activity have protective effects on the oxidant-induced injury of airway epithelial cells, human tracheal epithelial cells were cultured on a porous filter membrane, and electrical conductance (G) and mannitol flux across epithelial membrane were measured with Ussing's chamber methods and(More)
BACKGROUND The Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Instrument (CTSI) is a disease-specific, self-administered questionnaire that consists of a symptom severity scale (SS) and a functional status scale (FS). The CTSI was cross-culturally adapted and developed by the Impairment Evaluation Committee, Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand (JSSH). The purpose of this(More)
BACKGROUND Traumatic injury and surgical meniscectomy of a medial meniscus are known to cause subsequent knee osteoarthritis. However, the difference in the prevalence of osteoarthritis caused by the individual type of the medial meniscal tear has not been elucidated. The aim of this study was to investigate what type of tear is predominantly responsible(More)
BACKGROUND The Japanese Society for Surgery of -the Hand version of the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Instrument (CTSI-JSSH), which consists of two parts--one for symptom severity (CTSI-SS) and the other for functional status (CTSI-FS)--is a self-administered questionnaire specifically designed for carpal tunnel syndrome. The responsiveness of the CTSI-JSSH was(More)
The choice of pin site in shoulder arthrodesis after brachial plexus injury is important for efficient external fixation. The pins are inserted into the coracoid process from the anterior aspect and the scapular spine from the acromion. This insertion method holds the scapula more rigid and allows the patient to lie supine. Moreover, it makes it possible to(More)
A radioimmunoassay (RIA) method for luteinizing hormone (LH) releasing hormone (RH) utilizing rabbit antiserum against synthetic (Glu1)-LH-RH coupled with human serum albumin at the N-terminus, is described. This assay system for LH-RH also cross-reacted with several LH-RH analogues or fragments, but not with pituitary trophic hormones. The assay was(More)