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The pullback pressure from the left renal vein (LRV) to the inferior vena cava was studied in 16 patients with left renal bleeding of unknown origin (group A), 15 patients with hematuria of miscellaneous laterality (group B), and nine control subjects (group C). The mean pressure gradients were 5.0 +/- 2.0 mm Hg (mean +/- SD) in group A, 1.9 +/- 1.0 mm Hg(More)
Upon exposure to the heavy metals copper and zinc, a large amount of 70,000-Da heat shock protein (hsp70) was synthesized in normal, non-thermotolerant (NT) HeLa cells, whereas only a little increase of hsp70 synthesis was observed in thermotolerant (TT) cells. To determine the inhibition mechanism of hsp70 induction in the TT cells, we first analyzed the(More)
Although many surgical or endovascular treatments for ruptured vertebral artery dissection have been reported, the best treatment is controversial. We treated five cases of ruptured vertebral artery dissection distal to the origin of the posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA), using retrievable platinum coils packed in the dissection site and the(More)
Stress proteins (heat shock proteins, HSP) play essential roles in folding, assembly and translocation of polypeptides and also in maintenance of the integrity of polypeptides as molecular chaperones. Since long-lasting hyperglycemia causes modification of cellular proteins, it is possible that expression of molecular chaperones may be altered during the(More)
To clarify the effects of silica and silicates on cellular features of lymphocytes, a human T-lymphotropic virus type-1-immortalized polyclonal T-cell line, MT-2, was exposed to various concentrations of chrysotile-A, an asbestos classified as silicate. MT-2 cells underwent apoptosis in a dose- and time-dependent manner. The mitochondrial apoptotic pathway(More)
Changes in protein conformation and proteolysis in skeletal muscle of rats were studied by the induction of oxidative stress induced in vivo by ferric nitrilotriacetate (FeNTA) treatment. Useful indices of protein modification, including both protein carbonyl content and fluorescence intensity of protein hydrolysate in skeletal muscle, were increased 3 h(More)
During 22 operations in 18 patients, we stimulated the ocular motor nerves electrically, intracranially, and recorded compound muscle action potentials (CMAP) directly from the extraocular muscles with a ring electrode that we developed. Recording electrodes were applied in 52 instances to the superior rectus, medial rectus, superior oblique, or lateral(More)
A 4-month-old infant was hospitalized following a generalized convulsion. Computed tomography showed a lesion of heterogeneous high density and a large low-density area in the right frontal lobe. At surgery, an angiomatous tumor was found within a large cyst containing bloody fluid. Histopathological diagnosis was a cavernous hemangioma. Only eight other(More)
A 71-year-old female had vertigo attacks once or twice a day secondary to vertebrobasilar insufficiency. Left carotid angiography revealed persistent primitive hypoglossal artery (PPHA) associated with a large internal carotid artery (ICA) aneurysm and severe stenosis of the ICA. The bilateral vertebral arteries were hypoplastic. The basilar artery was(More)
There are two isoforms of high-molecular-mass heat shock protein (HMM-HSP), hsp105A and hsp105B, in murine FM3A cells. To characterize the HMM-HSPs, we here purified hsp105A and hsp105B, as well as 42 degrees C-specific HSPs that are specifically induced by continuous heating at 42 degrees C, from the cytoplasmic extracts of the FM3A cells heat-shocked at(More)