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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)
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)
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)
The efficacy of allogeneic haematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) for natural killer (NK)-cell neoplasms is unknown. We investigated the results of allo-HSCT for NK-cell neoplasms between 1990 and 2003 through questionnaires. After reclassification by a haematopathologist, of 345 patients who underwent allo-HSCT for malignant lymphoma, 28 had(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)
In this study transesophageal echocardiography was utilized for detecting air embolism in dogs in the supine position and in patients undergoing neurosurgery in the sitting position. In dogs, the threshold dose of venous air for detection was determined using either a bolus injection or continuous infusion of air via the jugular vein for up to three(More)
After thoracotomy, patients often suffer from a persistent pain syndrome called post-thoracotomy pain. To elucidate morbidity, time course, and predictive factors for this syndrome, we analyzed follow-up data for 85 post-thoracotomy patients. We used a four-point scale to assess pain: none, slight, moderate and severe. Of 85 patients, 50 reported pain (39(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)