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The recommended treatment for patients with chronic hepatitis C, pegylated interferon-alpha (PEG-IFN-alpha) plus ribavirin (RBV), does not provide sustained virologic response (SVR) in all patients. We report a genome-wide association study (GWAS) to null virological response (NVR) in the treatment of patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 within(More)
Life-size humanoids which have the same joint arrangement as humans are expected to help in the living environment. In this case, they require high load operations such as gripping and conveyance of heavy load, and holding people at the care spot. However, these operations are difficult for existing humanoids because of their low joint output. Therefore,(More)
GOAL Iron may play a role in the pathogenesis of chronic hepatitis C. Helicobacter pylori (Hp) infection was recently associated with iron-deficiency anemia. We examined the influence of Hp infection on hepatic iron accumulation in hepatitis C. METHODS Ninety-five hepatitis C virus (HCV)-RNA-positive patients, including 60 chronic hepatitis, 17 cirrhosis(More)
Epitaxial chemical vapor deposition (CVD) growth of uniform single-layer graphene is demonstrated over Co film crystallized on c-plane sapphire. The single crystalline Co film is realized on the sapphire substrate by optimized high-temperature sputtering and successive H(2) annealing. This crystalline Co film enables the formation of uniform single-layer(More)
Certain hepatitis C virus (HCV) carriers exhibit persistently normal alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels (PNALT) (≤ 30 IU/l) accompanied by normal platelet counts (≥ 15 x 10(4)/µl); these individuals show milder disease activity and slower progression to cirrhosis. This study aimed to elucidate the characteristics of HCV carriers with PNALT using serum(More)
We investigate the dynamical properties of photoexcited carriers in a single monolayer of graphene at room temperature in air using femtosecond time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy. The luminescence kinetics are observed in the near-infrared region of 0.7-1.4 eV and analyzed based on the two-temperature model describing the cooling of thermalized(More)
We present chemical vapor deposition (CVD) growth of a hybrid structure of aligned graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) supported by a single-layer graphene sheet. The step structure created on the epitaxial Co film is used to segregate arrays of aligned GNRs. Reflecting the highly ordered step structure of the Co catalyst, straight nanoribbons with high aspect(More)
We examined the expression of reg protein in neonatal rat pancreas treated with streptozotocin (STZ) by means of the immunohistochemical technique and northern blotting. Seven days after STZ injection, the plasma glucose levels in STZ-treated neonatal rats were significantly higher than those in control rats. Scattered distribution of reg protein in(More)
High-powerd humanoid robots may move at a high speed in the same environment as human. When they receive shocks suddenly, instantaneous impact is applied to the structure of the feet and they can be broken. So, robots require shock-reduction mechanisms at the ankles. In this paper, we present one-legged robot with its ankle mechanism which can reduce(More)
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