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Molecular genetic and physiological studies on brassinosteroid (BR)-related mutants of dicot plants have revealed that BRs play important roles in normal plant growth and development. However, little is known about the function of BR in monocots (grasses), except for the phenotypic analysis of a rice mutant partially insensitive to BR signaling. To(More)
Relaxin-3 (RLN3) is a neuropeptide belonging to the insulin-relaxin superfamily. RLN3-expressing neurons are predominantly located in the dorsal pons known as the nucleus incertus, and project their axons to the forebrain including the hypothalamus. RLN3 has been suggested to be involved in the stress response. In the present study, we investigated the(More)
 Polymorphism of the HLA-G gene in a Japanese population was investigated employing polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) analysis, PCR sequence-specific oligonucleotide (SSO) analysis, and DNA direct sequencing. Nucleotide sequence variations in exons 2, 3, and 4 of the HLA-G gene in 54 healthy Japanese individuals(More)
Relaxin 3 or insulin like peptide 7 has been identified as a new member of the insulin/relaxin superfamily. We recently reported that relaxin 3 was dominantly expressed in the brain, particularly in neurons of the nucleus incertus (NI) of the median dorsal tegmental pons and that it might act as a neurotransmitter. In the present study we investigated the(More)
PURPOSE The aim of the study was to evaluate the feasibility and compare the outcomes of single-incision thoracoscopic surgery using a chest wall pulley for lung excision (PulLE) vs. those of conventional video-assisted thoracic surgery (cVATS) in patients with primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP). METHODS Sixty-nine patients who underwent PulLE (n =(More)
Neurosin is one of the serine proteases predominantly expressed in the central nervous system. Neurosin is presumed to play an important role in the degradation of alpha-synuclein (alpha-syn), since a previous study showed that neurosin degrades alpha-syn, inhibits polymerization of alpha-syn in vitro, and exists in Lewy bodies. However, the details of(More)
The completion of the human genome sequence will greatly accelerate development of a new branch of bioscience and provide fundamental knowledge to biomedical research. We used the sequence information to measure replication timing of the entire lengths of human chromosomes 11q and 21q. Megabase-sized zones that replicate early or late in S phase (thus(More)
OBJECTIVE Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is diagnosed by the presence of dysphagia and intraepithelial eosinophilic infiltration of ≥15 per high-power field (HPF). EoE should be distinguished from proton pump inhibitor-responsive esophageal eosinophilic infiltration (PPI-R EEI) in patients that are responsive to PPI treatment. The aim of this study was to(More)
The formation of intracellular aggregates containing α-synuclein (α-Syn) is one of the key steps in the progression of Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. Recently, it was reported that pathological α-Syn fibrils can undergo cell-to-cell transmission and form Lewy body-like aggregates. However, little is known about how they form α-Syn(More)
The objective of this study was to investigate the expression of Glucose transporter type 1 (GLUT1) and its relation to clinicopathologic parameters in patients with salivary gland tumors. Tissue samples were 49 cases of malignant tumors, 38 cases of benign tumors, mainly pleomorphic adenoma and 10 cases of normal salivary glands. Immunohistochemically,(More)