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Neural crest cells are embryonic, multipotent stem cells that give rise to various cell/tissue types and thus serve as a good model system for the study of cell specification and mechanisms of cell differentiation. For analysis of neural crest cell lineage, an efficient method has been devised for manipulating the mouse genome through the Cre-loxP system.(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and long-term outcomes of patients with CLI after endovascular treatment (EVT). DESIGN Retrospective multicenter study. SUBJECTS 1088 consecutive patients (1306 limbs, mean age 72 ± 10 years) with CLI who underwent EVT for isolated infrapopliteal artery lesions were evaluated. These(More)
To investigate the importance of the cadmium (Cd) exposure condition in the evaluation of toxic effect on renal function and bone metabolism, six groups of Male Wistar rats were given Cd at respective daily doses of 2, 5, 10, 20, 30 and 60 mgCd/kg (as CdCl2) via a gastric tube for 6 consecutive days a week for 60 weeks. In the groups given a low Cd dose (2,(More)
The prognosis for patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is poor, although clinical features are variable. Prediction of outcome has been difficult in individual patients based on laboratory data. In some patients with DCM, myocardial damage secondary to viral or immune-mediated myocardial inflammation may persist. To objectively assess(More)
The incidence of herpes zoster was determined in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and the cellular and humoral immunity to varicella zoster virus (VZV) investigated in 45 of these 92 patients. The incidence of herpes zoster was high, occurring in 40 patients (43%), though it was benign in all. Patients with SLE who had had zoster showed(More)
To reduce bacterial adherence to surgical sutures, triclosan-coated polyglactin 910 suture materials with antiseptic activity were developed. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the incidence of surgical site infections can be reduced when triclosan-coated sutures are used. Until December 2009, we used conventional polyglactin 910 sutures (VICRYL,(More)
The chorda tympani nerve, supplying the anterior two-thirds of the tongue, contains gustatory and mechanosensitive afferent fibers. We have analyzed discharge patterns in rats of various fibers recorded from dissected nerve filaments during licking behavior of which 4 were taste-sensitive and 12 mechanosensitive. The incidence of these two types were(More)
To determine whether the Lewis enzyme responsible for the Lewis blood type antigens on erythrocytes synthesizes the Lewis antigens on normal cells and cancer cells in colon tissue, we performed genotyping of the Lewis gene by the PCR-RFLP method and by immunohistochemical staining of Lewis antigens and the Lewis enzyme with specific monoclonal antibodies(More)
We have identified a genomic DNA fragment, using the PCR method with degenerate oligonucleotide primers which contain the conserved sequence of the RING finger domain. Using the DNA fragment as a probe, a novel cDNA was cloned from human and mouse testis. The cDNA had a domain structure of the typical RING-B box-coiled coil (RBCC)-B30.2 domain and therefore(More)