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A historical cohort study was conducted to investigate the long-term effect of exposure to ingested arsenic. The 454 residents who had been identified in a list made in 1959 were followed until 1992. They lived in an arsenic-polluted area, called Namiki-cho, Nakajo-machi, in Niigata Prefecture, Japan, and used well water containing inorganic arsenic. The(More)
15 kinds of recombinant semi-synthetic aequorins and a recombinant fluorescein-conjugated aequorin were prepared and their properties in Ca(2+)-triggered luminescence were studied. The semi-synthetic aequorins showed a wide range of Ca(2+)-sensitivity. The luminescence intensity of a high-sensitivity type (hcp-aequorin) was greater than 10(4)-times that of(More)
Properties of a recombinant aequorin were investigated in comparison with those of natural aequorin. In chromatographic behaviour the recombinant aequorin did not match any of ten isoaequorins tested, although it was very similar to aequorin J. Its sensitivity to Ca2+ was found to be higher than that of any isoaequorin except aequorin D. The recombinant(More)
The clinical correlates of suicidal thoughts were examined among a group of 301 patients with acute stroke. A total of 20 patients (6.6%) had suicidal thoughts. Previous history of stroke was associated with suicidal thoughts. Suicidal thoughts, however, were not related to severity of physical impairment. Most patients with suicidal thoughts met criteria(More)
Hepatic arterial thrombosis (HAT) after liver transplantation is a life-threatening event. Previous reports have suggested that the resistive index (RI) of the hepatic artery predicts HAT. Doppler ultrasonography (US) to measure RI, however, is not routinely performed. The subjects were 70 pediatric patients who underwent living donor liver transplantation(More)
MecA, a structural gene located on the chromosome of Staphylococcus aureus, characterizes methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), and femA and femB(fem) genes encode proteins which influence the level of methicillin resistance of S. aureus. In order to examine effectiveness of detecting mecA and fem genes in identification of MRSA, the presence of these(More)
Halichondrin B is a highly potent anticancer agent originally found in marine sponges. Although scarcity of the natural product has hampered efforts to develop halichondrin B as a new anticancer drug, the existence of a complete synthetic route has allowed synthesis of structurally simpler analogues that retain the remarkable potency of the parent compound.(More)
A molecular typing method for Staphylococcus aureus based on coagulase gene polymorphisms (coagulase gene typing) was evaluated by examining a total of 240 isolates which comprised 210 methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) and 30 methicillin-susceptible S. aureus (MSSA) collected from a single hospital. By AluI restriction enzyme digestion of the(More)