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Several authors have reported a case of chronic pancreatitis associated with Sjögren's syndrome in which an autoimmune mechanism may have been involved in the etiology and in which steroid therapy was effective. We recently encountered a patient with pancreatitis who had hyperglobulinemia, was autoantibody-positive, and responded to steroid therapy. This(More)
This study was performed to investigate the serum levels of bisphenol A (BPA), an endocrine disruptor, in women with ovarian dysfunction and obesity. Fasting serum samples were obtained from 19 non-obese and 7 obese women with normal menstrual cycles: 7 patients with hyperprolactinemia, 21 patients with hypothalamic amenorrhea, and 13 non-obese and 6 obese(More)
To investigate human exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a widely used endocrine disruptor, we measured serum BPA concentrations and analyzed the interrelation of BPA with sex-related hormones. BPA was detected in all human sera by a novel enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Serum BPA concentrations were significantly higher in normal men (1.49 +/- 0.11 ng/ml; P(More)
A new bacterial species is described, for which the name Streptomyces turgidiscabies is proposed. This organism causes potato (Solanum tuberosum) scab in eastern Hokkaido, Japan; the lesions caused are distinctly erumpent. In culture, S. turgidiscabies is distinct from other scab-causing Streptomyces species, having flexuous spore chains and grey mass(More)
OBJECTIVE Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in a multisystem autoimmune disorder characterized by multiorgan pathology and autoantibodies against a variety of autoantigens. The CD28 and CTLA-4 genes might be candidate genes for SLE, because costimulation signals from CD80/CD86 to CD28/CTLA-4 have been suggested to play an important role in the activation(More)
The mouse autosomal dominant mutation Mody develops hyperglycemia with notable pancreatic beta-cell dysfunction. This study demonstrates that one of the alleles of the gene for insulin 2 in Mody mice encodes a protein product that substitutes tyrosine for cysteine at the seventh amino acid of the A chain in its mature form. This mutation disrupts a(More)
A mouse mutation, termed jumonji (jmj), was generated by a gene trap strategy. Expression of the trapped gene (jmj gene), as monitored by X-gal staining, was detected predominantly at the midbrain-hindbrain boundary and in the cerebellum, depending on the stage of development. All embryos homozygous for the jmj mutation died before embryonic day 15.5. Some,(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the safety and efficacy of 5-year, long-term tocilizumab monotherapy for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. METHODS In an open-label, long-term extension trial following an initial 3-month randomised phase II trial, 143 of the 163 patients who participated in the initial blinded study received tocilizumab monotherapy (8 mg/kg)(More)
Amplification and overexpression of the miR-17-92 microRNAs (miRNA) cluster at 13q31.3 has recently reported, with pointers to functional involvement in the development of B-cell lymphomas and lung cancers. In the present study, we show that inhibition of miR-17-5p and miR-20a with antisense oligonucleotides (ONs) can induce apoptosis selectively in lung(More)
Three cDNA homologues of carbonic anhydrase with unknown biological functions have been reported: carbonic anhydrase-related proteins (CA-RP) VIII, X, and XI. In the present study, we produced monoclonal antibodies to these CA-RPs and studied their regional and cellular distributions in the human adult and fetal brains by immunohistochemical analysis. In(More)