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Tektin-t is a part of the tektin protein family, the members of which form filamentous polymers in the walls of ciliary and flagellar microtubules. In mice, tektin-t protein has been localized to the tail of mature sperm, suggesting that it has a role in the formation of sperm flagella and/or sperm motility. In the present study, we have cloned a human(More)
PURPOSE Evaluation of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) concentrations of follicular fluid (FF) in accordance with an ovarian stimulation protocol and ovarian response. METHODS The subjects of this study were 38 patients undergoing IVF-ET in our hospital. They were divided into three groups according to ovarian stimulation protocols; Group 1: hMG(More)
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection has been acknowledged as a promoter and an initiator for gastric carcinogenesis in experimental models using Mongolian gerbils with H. pylori strains TN2GF4 and ATCC 43504, which have + ve cagA and vacA phenotype s1 / m1. To get more insight into the role of H. pylori in gastric carcinogenesis, we studied the effect(More)
Isolated non-compaction of the ventricular myocardium (INCVM) is a relatively newly defined clinicopathologic entity. INCVM is clinically accompanied by depressed ventricular function, arrhythmias, and systemic embolization. We report two cases of INCVM with long QT syndrome (LQTS). In both cases the QT interval was over 0.55 s with episodes of torsades de(More)
Mitogen-activated protein kinase phosphatase 5 (MKP-5)/DUSP10 acts as a phosphatase of stress-activated kinases (JNK and p38), but its activity towards ERK has not been demonstrated. In the present study we observed that MKP-5 interacts with ERK, retains it in the cytoplasm, suppresses its activation and downregulates(More)
BACKGROUND Nonsurgically treated rotator cuff tears sometimes become irreparable in the lead up to surgical repair. The purposes of our study were to identify predictive factors in the progression of tear size, and determine the changes in tear location. METHODS Eighty shoulders from 71 patients (mean age 69.4 years) diagnosed with rotator cuff tears by(More)
Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) transplantation is used for treatment of many diseases. The paracrine role of MSCs in tissue regeneration is attracting particular attention. We investigate the role of MSC exosomes in skeletal muscle regeneration. MSC exosomes promote myogenesis and angiogenesis in vitro, and muscle regeneration in an in vivo model of muscle(More)
We herein report a case of pulmonary actinomycosis that was difficult to differentiate from lung cancer. The patient was a 53-year-old man who visited our hospital with a chief complaint of bloody sputum. Computed tomography (CT) showed a tumor in the anterior basal segment (S8) of the left lower lobe that contained a low density area, and because elevated(More)
We report here the molecular cloning and characterization of a novel human actin capping protein alpha3 (cpalpha3) cDNA, an orthologue of the mouse male germ cell-specific cpalpha3, and the organization of the human cpalpha3 genomic structure. The entire coding region of the human cpalpha3 cDNA showed 82.1% similarity with the mouse cpalpha3. The predicted(More)
The case of a 48-year-old man with pulmonary paragonimiasis mimicking lung cancer on positron emission tomography with fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG-PET) imaging is reported herein. Plain radiography and computed tomography (CT) of the chest showed a nodular lesion at the left pulmonary hilum. Lung cancer was strongly suggested from standardized uptake values(More)