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The chicken retina contains rhodopsin (a rod visual pigment) and four kinds of cone visual pigments. The primary structures of chicken red (iodopsin) and rhodopsin have been determined previously. Here we report isolation of three cDNA clones encoding additional pigments from a chicken retinal cDNA library. Based on the partial amino acid sequences of the(More)
SUMMARY Hip fracture incidence from 2004 to 2006 in the Tottori prefecture of Japan was investigated and compared with previously reported rates. The age- and gender-specific incidence of hip fracture in the Tottori prefecture has not plateaued, as has been reported for populations in Northern Europe or North America. INTRODUCTION Recent data from(More)
UNLABELLED Health-related quality of life in elderly women with sustained incident fractures was assessed prospectively for 1 year, using the EuroQol standard. Loss of QOL was more severe in patients after hip or vertebral fractures than those with wrist fracture. QOL was not completely restored in patients suffering from hip fracture. INTRODUCTION(More)
M phase promoting factor (MPF) is a major element controlling entry into the M phase of the eukaryotic cell cycle. MPF is composed of two subunits, p34cdc2 and cyclin B. Using indirect immunofluorescence staining with specific antibody against starfish cyclin B, we monitored the dynamics of the subcellular distribution of MPF during meiosis reinitiation in(More)
To clarify the nutritional status of vitamin D in Japanese, effects of dietary intake of vitamin D on plasma levels of intact and highly sensitive parathyroid hormone (I-PTH and HS-PTH), 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OH-D), 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25(OH)2D), calcium (Ca) and phosphorus (P(i)) in 79 healthy Japanese were investigated. The plasma levels of(More)
Poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (PIPAAm) demonstrated a fully expanded chain conformation below 32 degrees C and a collapsed, compact conformation at high temperatures. This unique temperature responsive polymer was grafted onto surfaces of commercial polystyrene dishes and used as temperature switches for creating hydrophilic surfaces below 32 degrees C and(More)
OBJECTIVES Volumetric CT using a cone beam has been developed by several manufacturers for dentomaxillofacial imaging. The purpose of this study was to measure doses for implant planning with cone beam volumetric imaging (CBVI) in comparison with conventional multidetector CT (MDCT). METHODS The two CBVI systems used were a 3D Accuitomo (J. Morita),(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the anchorage potential of the titanium mini-implant for orthodontic intrusion of the mandibular posterior teeth. Six mini-implants were surgically placed around the mandibular third premolars on each side in 3 adult male beagle dogs. On the buccal site, three mini-implants were placed distal to the apex of the distal(More)
We report here the development of a precise and sensitive method to determine 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OH-D(2)/ -D(3)) in human plasma using high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass-mass spectrometry with atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (LC-APCI-MS/MS). The method involves the use of deuterated 25-OH-D(3) as an internal standard compound(More)
Regulatory activities of 2 beta-(3-hydroxypropoxy)-1 alpha, 25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 [ED-71], a novel synthetic vitamin D3 derivative, on calcium metabolism were investigated. The compound behaved similar to 1 alpha, 25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1,25(OH)2D3] in the ex vivo intestinal calcium transport using rat everted gut sac and the in vivo bone mobilization(More)