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Two monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against bovine heparin-binding growth factor II (HBGF-II)/basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) were obtained from mouse hybridoma cell lines. They were highly specific for bFGF from bovine, human, and mouse sources and did not cross-react with bovine heparin-binding growth factor I (HBGF-I)/acidic fibroblast growth factor(More)
EGF precursor (proEGF) is a member of the family of membrane-anchored EGF-like growth factors that bind with high affinity to the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). In contrast to human transforming growth factor-alpha precursor (proTGFalpha), which is sorted basolaterally in Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells (Dempsey, P., and R. Coffey, 1994. J.(More)
BACKGROUND The turning point in the deterioration of physical function seems to occur between the ages of 70 and 80 years. In particular, muscle strength may decline even more in subjects older than 75. A recent study found that the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) genotype also affects physiological left ventricular hypertrophy. A very limited number of(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about the association between physical fitness and cognitive function in very elderly people (over 80 years of age). OBJECTIVES To evaluate that relationship in 85-year-old community-dwelling individuals. METHODS Out of 207 participants (90 males, 117 females) who were 85 years old and community-dwelling, 205 completed the(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS To clarify the expression and localization of basic fibroblast growth factor in the repair process of liver injury, acute liver injury was induced by administration of carbon tetrachloride, D-glactosamine hydrochloride, or dimethylnitrosamine to rats. METHODS We measured basic fibroblast growth factor protein in the liver tissue by(More)
During endochondral bone formation, cartilage cells show increased matrix synthesis and rapid proliferation. We found that cartilage matrix contains at least two types of heparin binding growth-promoting components. One, with a higher affinity to heparin, was identified as chondromodulin I (Hiraki, Y., Tanaka, H., Inoue, H. , Kondo, J., Kamizono, A., and(More)
CONTEXT Physical activity (PA) plays an important role in obesity. A new accelerometer has been developed to assess total energy expenditure as well as PA. OBJECTIVE To investigate the association of PA with overweight and obesity in Japanese men and women, a large cross-sectional study was performed using a single-axis accelerometer. DESIGN, SETTING(More)
The involvement of fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2) during the repair process in rabbit full-thickness defects of articular cartilage was studied. Fibroblast growth factor-2 (50 pg/h) was administered for 2 weeks in a 5 mm defect of articular cartilage, which is large enough not to repair spontaneously. The administration of FGF-2 resulted in the(More)
Using an immunohistochemical technique, we examined synovial tissue from 46 temporomandibular joints (TMJ) with internal derangement in 44 patients. As controls, we examined synovial tissue specimens from 7 joints with habitual dislocation without pain. In synovial tissues from 21 of the 46 joints with internal derangement, interleukin 6 (IL-6) was(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to elucidate the expression and localization of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in synovial tissue taken from the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) with internal derangement (ID) and discuss the role of VEGF in the pathogenesis of ID. STUDY DESIGN Through the use of an immunohistochemical technique, 39 TMJs in 37(More)