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)
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)
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)
HuR, a ubiquitously expressed member of the Hu protein family that binds and stabilizes an AU-rich element (ARE)-containing mRNAs, is known to shuttle between the nucleus and the cytoplasm via several export pathways. When normal cells were treated with heat shock, HuR was exported to the cytoplasm in a chromosome maintenance region 1 (CRM1)-dependent… (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)
Synovial chondromatosis (SC) of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a benign lesion characterized by the formation of metaplastic cartilaginous nodules. SC of the TMJ usually only affects the superior joint compartment of the TMJ. The authors report a rare case of SC of the TMJ affecting the inferior and superior joint compartments.
The effect of epidermal growth factor (EGF) on the biological behaviour of human tumours in vivo is still controversial. We investigated the effect of EGF on the growth of an EGF receptor-hyperproducing human epidermoid carcinoma, A431 tumour, and on a human small-cell lung carcinoma, H69 tumour, without detectable EGF receptor by using sialoadenectomised… (More)