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Vasopressin receptor subtype(s) responsible for stimulation of insulin release from pancreatic beta cells were investigated by using subtype-selective antagonists and mice that were genetically lacking either V1a or V1b receptors. Arginine vasopressin (AVP) increased insulin release from isolated mouse islet cells in a concentration-dependent manner, with a(More)
A goat immunized with poly(A).poly(dT) produced three distinct antibody populations. The major one was specific for RNA-DNA hybrids and was purified from precipitates made with poly(I).poly(dC). It also reacted with hybrids of mixed base composition made with E. coli RNA polymerase. The other populations were purified with poly(A).poly(U) or poly(dT). Three(More)
OBJECTIVE The efficacy of coronary stenting of aorto-ostial atherosclerotic lesions is still unclear. We investigated the frequency and mechanism of stent restenosis at this particular lesion. METHODS Fifty-five consecutive patients with 64 native aorto-ostial lesions in the right coronary artery (RCA, n = 38) and the left main trunk (LM, n = 26) were(More)
Background: Increasing evidence from clinical trials indicates that carvedilol, an antagonist of a1-and h-adrenergic receptors (ARs), provides an effective treatment for chronic heart failure, whereas nonselective a1-AR blockade has an adverse outcome in this disease. It is, however, not clear whether carvedilol exhibits a subtype-dependent impact on three(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyse clinicoepidemiological features of neuromyelitis optica in a large cohort and to compare the differences between onset age, gender and clinical phenotypes. METHODS Antiaquaporin-4 antibody (AQP4-ab) levels were tested in 2366 serum samples of patients diagnosed as having central nervous system inflammatory demyelinating disorders by(More)
Chorea-acanthocytosis (ChAc) is a hereditary disease characterized by involuntary movements and amyotrophy with elevation of serum creatine kinase. Although skeletal muscle involvement in ChAc has been suggested, the mechanism remains unclear. To investigate chorein abnormalities of the skeletal muscles of ChAc patients with an apparently heterozygous(More)
The neurohypophyseal peptide [Arg(8)]-vasopressin (AVP) exerts major physiological actions through three distinct receptor isoforms designated V1a, V1b, and V2. Among these three subtypes, the vasopressin V1b receptor is specifically expressed in pituitary corticotrophs and mediates the stimulatory effect of vasopressin on ACTH release. To investigate the(More)
In this study, we have shown that a paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration (PCD)-associated antigen, pcd17, binds to a cell cycle-related protein, MRG15. MRG15 derepresses the E2F-responsive B-myb promoter. The pcd17 antigen inhibits the derepression of the B-myb transcriptional activity by MRG15, and, as a result, pcd17 represses the promoter. Delivery of(More)
Paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration-associated antigen PCD17/cdr2 is a neuronal protein expressed predominantly in the cytoplasm of cerebellar Purkinje cells. The biological activities of this protein are not known; however, the presence of a leucine zipper motif in its amino acid sequence suggests that this protein might interact with other proteins(More)
Thrombotic occlusion in the culprit lesion of acute myocardial infarction was successfully recanalized using a 4.5 Fr thrombectomy catheter (RESCUE), which was also used to normalize the coronary blood flow. The retrieved specimens were white thrombi containing red thrombi and cholesterol crystals, indicating plaque rupture.