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Improving on the nested double polymerase chain reaction (PCR) described previously, we have developed a new two-step PCR (TS-PCR) method for detecting more specifically the human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) proviral sequences in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). In our TS-PCR method, the point of modification is to use optimal(More)
Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) and its related viruses, that is, human T-cell leukemia virus type 2 (HTLV-2), simian T-cell leukemia virus (STLV), and bovine leukemia virus (BLV), encode a doubly spliced pX mRNA transcript in addition to the singly splicedenv and unsplicedgag-pol mRNAs common to the prototypic simple retroviruses, such as(More)
In orthodontics, a reduction in static friction between the brackets and wire is important to enable easy tooth movement. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of a homogeneous diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating on the whole surfaces of slots in stainless steel orthodontic brackets on reducing the static friction between the brackets and the wire.(More)
We report a simultaneously operated case of a 68-year-old man with lung cancer accompanied with aortic arch aneurysm. Preoperative staging CT for lung cancer incidentally demonstrated another lesion in the para-aortic arch area, which was suspected to be rather a pleural or intrapulmonary lesion by enhanced CT and MRI. However, this lesion was(More)
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