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Few studies have looked at optimal or acceptable serum phenylalanine levels in later life in patients with phenylketonuria (PKU). This study examined the oxidative stress status of adolescents and adults with PKU. Forty PKU patients aged over fifteen years were enrolled, and were compared with thirty age-matched controls. Oxidative stress markers,(More)
Free radicals play an important role in the inflammatory process of sepsis. We hypothesized that edaravone, a novel free radical scavenger, can suppress pathophysiological events and prolong survival in a neonatal sepsis cecal ligation and perforation (CLP) model. Of 32 3-day-old anesthetized and mechanically ventilated piglets, 11 received CLP only, 10(More)
Periventricular leukomalacia is a major neuropathology in preterm infants associated with adverse motor and cognitive outcome. The cerebral blood flow volume of the internal carotid artery and the vertebral artery was measured by ultrasonography at the neck in 36 low-birth-weight infants with gestational age of 25-34 weeks in order to investigate the(More)
Inosine triphosphate pyrophosphohydrolase (ITPase) is an enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of inosine triphosphate (ITP) to inosine monophosphate and pyrophosphate. In Caucasian populations it is reported that the frequency of cases showing decreased ITPase activity is 5%. The structure of ITPA gene along with five single nucleotide polymorphisms has(More)
This study examined the effects of a mixture of an aqueous extract of Salacia reticulata (Kotala himbutu) and cyclodextrin (SRCD) on various metabolic parameters and cecal fermentation in obese fa/fa male Wistar fatty rats, a model of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Wistar fatty rats were fed 0% (control group) or 0.2% SRCD-supplemented diets and weighed weekly.(More)
The effects of a mixture of the Salacia reticulata (Kotala himbutu) aqueous extract and cyclodextrin (SRCD) on the development of obesity were examined. We studied the effects of SRCD on the elevation of plasma triacylglycerol levels induced by oral administration of a high-fat (HF) liquid diet to male Sprague-Dawley rats. The plasma triacylglycerol(More)
Rotavirus, one of the major causes of severe gastroenteritis in children, occasionally causes central nervous system complications. Recently several patients with acute encephalitis/encephalopathy due to rotavirus associated with cerebellar signs and symptoms have been reported. The condition is characterized by disturbances of consciousness at onset and(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate effects of endothelin receptor antagonist ETR-P1/fl in a neonatal sepsis model. METHOD Eighteen anesthetized and mechanically ventilated 3-day-old piglets were divided into three groups. Six piglets received cecal ligation and perforation (CLP group). Six piglets were administrated a continuous infusion of ETR-P1/fl (0.05 mg/kg/h), an(More)
Autoimmune pancreatitis is a unique disease, characterized by lymphoplasmacytic inflammation in the acute stages. However, the active clinical features are unlikely to persist for long periods. Through long-term follow-up, we investigated the disease course in 51 patients with autoimmune pancreatitis. We found recurrence in 21 (41%) patients and pancreatic(More)