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BACKGROUND Early markers for predicting the severity of neutropenic fever (NF) in patients with hemato-oncological patients have not yet been established. Reactive oxygen species are known to play an important role in the antimicrobial function of neutrophils. The aim of this study was to determine the serum levels of derivatives of reactive oxygen(More)
Angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels, is a critical step for tumor growth and metastasis and an integral component of the pathologic inflammatory response in arthritis and the proliferative retinopathies. The CD13/aminopeptidase N (CD13/APN) metalloprotease is an important regulator of angiogenesis where its expression on activated blood vessels(More)
High-level alpha-globin expression depends on cis-acting regulatory sequences located far upstream of the alpha-globin cluster. Sequences that contain the alpha-globin positive regulatory element (PRE) activate alpha-globin expression in transgenic mice. The alpha-globin PRE contains a pair of composite binding sites for the transcription factors activating(More)
Acinetobacter sp. strain YAA has five genes (atdA1 to atdA5) involved in aniline oxidation as a part of the aniline degradation gene cluster. From sequence analysis, the five genes were expected to encode a glutamine synthetase (GS)-like protein (AtdA1), a glutamine amidotransferase-like protein (AtdA2), and an aromatic compound dioxygenase (AtdA3, AtdA4,(More)
Because of the redundancy factors of FPGAs, there is a performance gap between FPGAs and ASICs. In this paper, we propose a small-memory logic cell, COGRE, to minimize the FPGA area. Our approach is to investigate the appearance ratio of the logic functions in a circuit implementation. Moreover, we group the logic functions on the basis of the(More)
BACKGROUND It would be beneficial to be able to predict the cord blood (CB) cell yield from volunteer donors before cell processing. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS The maternal and neonatal factors that influence the total nucleated cell (TNC), CD34+ cell, and CFU-GM yields in CB collected for the Chugoku-Shikoku Cord Blood Bank were evaluated. RESULTS In a(More)
We describe here a patient with relapsed hepatoblastoma after LDLT who developed heart failure, which was treated with irinotecan hydrochloride (CPT-11). His native liver was replaced by a liver graft from his mother at 26 months from the onset. However, LDLT failed to induce complete remission and he was diagnosed as relapsed hepatoblastoma six months(More)
Bending properties and thermal behavior of twenty commercial Ni-Ti alloy orthodontic arch wires were investigated quantitatively to characterize their suitability for clinical use. There was substantial difference among the load-deflection curves obtained by a three-point bending test. Some wires exhibited super-elasticity; load decreased little with(More)
We report a 10-yr-old boy who developed CIPS after a second allogeneic BMT for severe aplastic anemia. He received the second BMT from the same HLA-matched sibling donor 16 months after the first BMT due to secondary graft failure. The preparative regimen for the second BMT consisted of fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and anti-thymocyte globulin. Prophylaxis(More)