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To study the transcriptional regulation of the vasopressin gene in vitro, 3 kb of the 5' regulatory region of the rat vasopressin gene was isolated and subcloned, along with a series of various deletion mutants, into vectors containing the luciferase reporter gene. After transfecting these genes transiently into the human choriocarcinoma cell line JEG-3(More)
The development of sensory organization on postural control was studied using computerized dynamic posturography. Generalized postural stability increased with age but had not reached the adult level at the age of 15 years. The significance of each sensory component for postural control was analysed. Somatosensory function developed early and became(More)
We present a calculation of the kaon form factors in two-flavor QCD with the non-perturbatively O(a)-improved Wilson quark action. In order to achieve a few percent accuracy in the study of SU(3) breaking effects, we use a set of double ratios of the matrix elements, with which the bulk of the statistical fluctuation and the multiplicative renormalization(More)
Gene mutations of Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD) have been discovered in familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Oxidative stress also plays a role in the pathogenesis of sporadic ALS. Whether antioxidant therapy is beneficial in this fatal disease is now crucial. We have shown that SOD treatment improves neuromuscular dysfunction and morphological(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the association between body mass index (BMI) and the risk of Parkinson disease (PD). METHODS Study cohorts included 22,367 Finnish men and 23,439 women 25 to 59 years of age without a history of PD at baseline. Hazards ratios (HRs) of incident PD were estimated for different levels of BMI. RESULTS During a mean follow-up period of(More)
Although a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can be made with the specification "poor insight" (PI), this subtype remains understudied. To investigate the subtype, 78 OCD patients were characterized by degree of insight, reevaluated after treatment, and compared with 20 schizophrenics with OCD (OCD+S). At the pretreatment assessments in OCD(More)
Tuberoinfundibular corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) neurones are the principal regulators of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA)-axis. Vasopressin is primarily a neurohypophysial hormone, produced in magnocellular neurones of the hypothalamic paraventricular and supraoptic nuclei, but parvocellular CRH neurones also coexpress vasopressin, which(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to assess clinical characteristics, including co-morbid personality disorders in patients with both anorexia nervosa (AN) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in comparison with age- and sex-matched patients with OCD. METHODS Fifty-three female patients with AN were divided into two groups based on the presence(More)
BACKGROUND Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) affects people of all ages, but whether the wide range of age at onset is due to distinct diseases or merely reflects phenotypic variability of the same disorder is still unknown. The purpose of this study is to describe clinical and prognostic features of young-adult ALS, with onset before age 40 years, and to(More)
The plasma concentration of arginine vasopressin (AVP) is closely regulated by plasma osmolality. In this study, we used intronic in-situ hybridization to investigate the transcriptional activity of the AVP gene in the supraoptic nucleus (SON) and paraventricular nucleus (PVN) after intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of hypertonic saline inducing small(More)