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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934245/angiopoietin-like-protein-2-regulates-porphyromonas-gingivalis-lipopolysaccharide-induced-inflammatory-response-in-human-gingival-epithelial-cells
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Tasuku Ohno, Genta Yamamoto, Jun-Ichiro Hayashi, Eisaku Nishida, Hisashi Goto, Yasuyuki Sasaki, Takeshi Kikuchi, Mitsuo Fukuda, Yoshiaki Hasegawa, Makio Mogi, Akio Mitani
Angiopoietin-like protein 2 (ANGPTL2) maintains tissue homeostasis by inducing inflammation and angiogenesis. It is produced in infiltrating immune cells or resident cells, such as adipocytes, vascular endothelial cells, and tumor cells. We hypothesized that ANGPTL2 might play an important role as a unique mediator in both systemic and periodontal disease. We demonstrated an increased ANGPTL2 concentration in gingival crevicular fluid from chronic periodontitis patients. Porphyromonas gingivalis lipopolysaccharide (LPS) treatment strongly induced ANGPTL2 mRNA and protein levels in Ca9-22 human gingival epithelial cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933238/staged-decrease-of-physical-ability-on-the-locomotive-syndrome-risk-test-is-related-to-neuropathic-pain-nociceptive-pain-shoulder-complaints-and-quality-of-life-in-middle-aged-and-elderly-people-the-utility-of-the-locomotive-syndrome-risk-test
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Shiro Imagama, Yukiharu Hasegawa, Kei Ando, Kazuyoshi Kobayashi, Tetsuro Hida, Kenyu Ito, Mikito Tsushima, Yoshihiro Nishida, Naoki Ishiguro
OBJECTIVES: A locomotive syndrome (LS) risk test for evaluation of physical ability is recently proposed. The objective of this study is to evaluate the utility of this test by examining physical ability, neuropathic pain, nociceptive pain, shoulder complaints, and quality of life (QOL). METHODS: A prospective cohort study was conducted in 523 subjects (240 males, 283 females; mean age: 63.3 years) at a health checkup. Data collected using visual analog scales (VAS) for shoulder pain, low back pain, sciatica, and knee pain, neuropathic pain, shoulder complaint, body mass index (BMI), osteoporosis, and SF-36 were compared among three LS risk stages...
February 16, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931216/emergence-of-oseltamivir-resistant-h7n9-influenza-viruses-in-immunosuppressed-cynomolgus-macaques
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Maki Kiso, Kiyoko Iwatsuki-Horimoto, Seiya Yamayoshi, Ryuta Uraki, Mutsumi Ito, Noriko Nakajima, Shinya Yamada, Masaki Imai, Eiryo Kawakami, Yuriko Tomita, Satoshi Fukuyama, Yasushi Itoh, Kazumasa Ogasawara, Tiago J S Lopes, Tokiko Watanabe, Louise H Moncla, Hideki Hasegawa, Thomas C Friedrich, Gabriele Neumann, Yoshihiro Kawaoka
Antiviral compounds (eg, the neuraminidase inhibitor oseltamivir) are invaluable for the treatment of individuals infected with influenza A viruses of the H7N9 subtype (A[H7N9]), which have infected and killed hundreds of persons. However, oseltamivir treatment often leads to the emergence of resistant viruses in immunocompromised individuals. To better understand the emergence and properties of oseltamivir-resistant A(H7N9) viruses in immunosuppressed individuals, we infected immunosuppressed cynomolgus macaques with an A(H7N9) virus and treated them with oseltamivir...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928840/a-cytokine-signal-inhibitor-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-enhances-cancer-metastasis-via-depletion-of-nk-cells-in-an-experimental-lung-metastasis-mouse-model-of-colon-cancer
#4
Hideki Shimaoka, Shinsuke Takeno, Kenji Maki, Takahide Sasaki, Suguru Hasegawa, Yuichi Yamashita
Current therapy for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) relies on global suppression of the immune response or specific blockade of inflammatory cytokines. However, it is unclear how immunosuppressants affect patients with cancer. Therefore, in the present study, the effect of three biological agents, tofacitinib, anti-mouse IL-6 receptor antibody (MR16-1) and etanercept, which are used for the treatment of RA diseases, on a tumor-bearing mouse model was investigated. The effect of the three agents was examined using a mouse lung-metastasis model with the murine colon 26 cancer cell line...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927789/anticancer-efficacy-of-p-dodecylaminophenol-against-high-risk-and-refractory-neuroblastoma-cells-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#5
Noriko Takahashi, Shunpei Koyama, Shinya Hasegawa, Masahiro Yamasaki, Masahiko Imai
Neuroblastoma is an aggressive and drug-resistant refractory cancer. The human high-risk neuroblastoma cell line, SK-N-AS (non-amplified N-myc) is derived from stromal cells and it is resistant to treatment with retinoic acid (1, RA), which is a chemotherapeutic agent used to induce neuronal cellular differentiation of neuroblastomas. We have developed p-dodecylaminophenol (3, p-DDAP), based on N-(4-hydroxyphenyl)retinamide (2, 4-HPR), a synthetic amide of 1, since 1 and 2 are associated with the side-effect of nyctalopia...
September 9, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927230/multi-azole-resistant-strains-of-cryptococcus-neoformans-var-grubii-isolated-from-a-flz-resistant-strain-by-culturing-in-medium-containing-voriconazole
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Rui Kano, Miki Okubo, Atsuhiko Hasegawa, Hiroshi Kamata
A Cryptococcus neoformans var. grubii strain, NUBS14020, was the first fluconazole (FLZ)-resistant strain isolated from a feline cryptococcosis. Subsequent work demonstrated that multi-azole-resistant strains are readily isolated from FLZ-resistant strains by culturing in medium containing voriconazole (VRZ). The resulting clones were assessed for mutation and expression of known target genes, including the loci encoding lanosterol 14-α demethylase (ERG11), an ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter (AFR1), or a multidrug efflux pump (MEP); mutation and/or overexpression of these genes is known to be associated with azole resistance...
September 11, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924567/rearrangeable-and-exchangeable-optical-module-with-system-on-chip-for-wearable-functional-near-infrared-spectroscopy-system
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Tsukasa Funane, Takashi Numata, Hiroki Sato, Shinsuke Hiraizumi, Yuichi Hasegawa, Hidenobu Kuwabara, Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Masashi Kiguchi
We developed a system-on-chip (SoC)-incorporated light-emitting diode (LED) and avalanche photodiode (APD) modules to improve the usability and flexibility of a fiberless wearable functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) system. The SoC has a microprocessing unit and programmable circuits. The time division method and the lock-in method were used for separately detecting signals from different positions and signals of different wavelengths, respectively. Each module autonomously works for this time-divided-lock-in measurement with a high sensitivity for haired regions...
January 2018: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924111/synovitis-acne-pustulosis-hyperostosis-osteitis-sapho-syndrome-with-significant-bilateral-pleural-effusions
#8
Shoichi Hasegawa, Hiroki Yabe, Naoya Kaneko, Eri Watanabe, Takahisa Gono, Chihiro Terai
We herein report a rare case of a 66-year-old woman who had synovitis-acne-pustulosis-hyperostosis-osteitis (SAPHO) syndrome with marked sternal osteitis and bilateral pleural effusions. SAPHO syndrome was diagnosed based on the characteristic features of a hyperostotic sternum and thoracic spine. The inflammatory changes of sternal osteitis and involvement of the adjacent soft tissue were assumed to be the cause of the pleural effusions. The effusions decreased during the natural course of the disease and resolved after methotrexate therapy...
September 15, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924106/intravenous-immunoglobulin-monotherapy-for-granulomatous-lymphocytic-interstitial-lung-disease-in-common-variable-immunodeficiency
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Mizue Hasegawa, Fumikazu Sakai, Asako Okabayashi, Akitoshi Sato, Naoko Yokohori, Hideki Katsura, Chihiro Asano, Toshiko Kamata, Eitetsu Koh, Yasuo Sekine, Kenzo Hiroshima, Takashi Ogura, Tamiko Takemura
Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is a heterogeneous subset of immunodeficiency disorders. Recurrent bacterial infection is the main feature of CVID, but various non-infectious complications can occur. A 42-year-old woman presented with cough and abnormal chest X-ray shadows. Laboratory tests showed remarkable hypogammaglobulinemia. Computed tomography revealed multiple consolidation and nodules on the bilateral lung fields, systemic lymphadenopathy, and splenomegaly. A surgical lung biopsy specimen provided the final diagnosis of lymphoproliferative disease in CVID, which was grouped under the term granulomatous lymphocytic interstitial lung disease...
September 15, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924080/active-cooling-of-oil-after-deep-frying
#10
Nagao Totani, Naoko Yasaki, Rena Doi, Etsuko Hasegawa
Oil used for deep-frying is often left to stand after cooking. A major concern is oxidation during standing that might be avoidable, especially in the case of oil used repeatedly for commercial deep-frying as this involves large volumes that are difficult to cool in a conventional fryer. This paper describes a method to minimize oil oxidation. French fries were deep-fried and the oil temperature decreased in a manner typical for a commercial deep-fryer. The concentration of polar compounds generated from thermally oxidized oil remarkably increased at temperature higher than 100°C but little oxidation occurred below 60°C...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924034/polycomb-directs-timely-activation-of-germline-genes-in-spermatogenesis
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So Maezawa, Kazuteru Hasegawa, Masashi Yukawa, Akihiko Sakashita, Kris G Alavattam, Paul R Andreassen, Miguel Vidal, Haruhiko Koseki, Artem Barski, Satoshi H Namekawa
During spermatogenesis, a large number of germline genes essential for male fertility are coordinately activated. However, it remains unknown how timely activation of this group of germline genes is accomplished. Here we show that Polycomb-repressive complex 1 (PRC1) directs timely activation of germline genes during spermatogenesis. Inactivation of PRC1 in male germ cells results in the gradual loss of a stem cell population and severe differentiation defects, leading to male infertility. In the stem cell population, RNF2, the dominant catalytic subunit of PRC1, activates transcription of Sall4, which codes for a transcription factor essential for subsequent spermatogenic differentiation...
September 18, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923831/international-comparisons-of-prevalence-awareness-and-treatment-of-pruritus-in-people-on-hemodialysis
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Hugh C Rayner, Maria Larkina, Mia Wang, Matthew Graham-Brown, Sabine N van der Veer, Tevfik Ecder, Takeshi Hasegawa, Werner Kleophas, Brian A Bieber, Francesca Tentori, Bruce M Robinson, Ronald L Pisoni
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Uremic pruritus in patients on hemodialysis is associated with depression, lower quality of life, and mortality. We studied the prevalence, awareness, and treatment of pruritus to assess how well this important condition is currently managed internationally. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: Data from 35,452 patients on hemodialysis in up to 17 countries from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study were analyzed to describe pruritus prevalence from 1996 to 2015...
September 18, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923269/dpp-4-inhibition-protects-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells-from-hypoxia-induced-vascular-barrier-impairment
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Naoko Hashimoto, Kento Ikuma, Yui Konno, Masanori Hirose, Hiroyuki Tadokoro, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Yoshio Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Takano
Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors are relatively new class of anti-diabetic drugs. Some protective effects of DPP-4 on cardiovascular disease have been described independently from glucose-lowering effect. However, the detailed mechanisms by which DPP-4 inhibitors exert on endothelial cells remain elusive. The purpose of this research was to determine the effects of DPP-4 inhibitor on endothelial barrier function. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were cultured and exposed to hypoxia in the presence or absence of Diprotin A, a DPP-4 inhibitor...
August 26, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922458/developmental-mechanisms-of-longitudinal-stripes-in-the-japanese-four-lined-snake
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Arata Murakami, Masami Hasegawa, Takeo Kuriyama
The developmental mechanisms of color patterns formation and its evolution remain unclear in reptilian sauropsids. We, therefore, studied the pigment cell mechanisms of stripe pattern formation during embryonic development of the snake Elaphe quadrivirgata. We identified 10 post-ovipositional embryonic developmental stages based on external morphological characteristics. Examination for the temporal changes in differentiation, distribution, and density of pigment cells during embryonic development revealed that melanophores first appeared in myotome and body cavity but not in skin surface at Stage 5...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922364/association-of-epicardial-adipose-tissue-with-serum-level-of-cystatin-c-in-type-2-diabetes
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Tomomi Murai, Noriko Takebe, Kan Nagasawa, Yusuke Todate, Riyuki Nakagawa, Rieko Nakano, Mari Hangai, Yutaka Hasegawa, Yoshihiko Takahashi, Kunihiro Yoshioka, Yasushi Ishigaki
OBJECTIVE: Accumulation of epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) is considered to be a cardiovascular risk factor independent from visceral adiposity, obesity, hypertension and diabetes. We explored the parameters related to EAT accumulation, aiming to clarify the novel pathophysiological roles of EAT in subjects with type 2 diabetes (T2DM). METHODS: We examined the laboratory values, including cystatinC, and surrogate markers used for evaluating atherosclerosis. EAT was measured as the sum of the adipose tissue area, obtained by plain computed tomography scans in 208 subjects with T2DM but no history of coronary artery disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922205/impact-of-advanced-age-on-survival-in-patients-undergoing-resection-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-report-of-a-japanese-nationwide-survey
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Masaki Kaibori, Kengo Yoshii, Isao Yokota, Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Fumio Nagashima, Shoji Kubo, Masanori Kon, Namiki Izumi, Masumi Kadoya, Masatoshi Kudo, Takashi Kumada, Michiie Sakamoto, Osamu Nakashima, Yutaka Matsuyama, Tadatoshi Takayama, Norihiro Kokudo
OBJECTIVE: The impact of age on survival after hepatic resection for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has not been thoroughly examined. We reviewed the data of a nationwide follow-up survey to determine the outcomes of hepatectomy for HCC in elderly patients. BACKGROUND: Management of malignant diseases in elderly patients has become a global clinical issue because of the increased life expectancy worldwide. Advancements in surgical techniques and perioperative management have reduced age-related contraindications for liver surgery...
September 15, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920086/organic-compounds-generated-after-the-flow-of-water-through-micro-orifices-were-they-synthesized
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Tomiichi Hasegawa, Akiomi Ushida, Masaki Goda, Yasushi Ono
Micro-fluid mechanics is an important area of research in modern fluid mechanics because of its many potential industrial and biological applications. However, the field is not fully understood yet. In previous work, when passing ultrapure water (UPW) in which air was dissolved (UPW*) through micro-orifices, we found that the flow velocity decreased and stopped over time, and membranes were frequently formed in the orifice when the flow stopped. The membrane came from the dissolved air in UPW*, and membrane formation was closely related to electric charges generated in orifices by the flow...
August 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920005/the-frequency-of-neoantigens-per-somatic-mutation-rather-than-overall-mutational-load-or-number-of-predicted-neoantigens-per-se-is-a-prognostic-factor-in-ovarian-clear-cell-carcinoma
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Hirokazu Matsushita, Kosei Hasegawa, Katsutoshi Oda, Shogo Yamamoto, Akira Nishijima, Yuichi Imai, Kayo Asada, Yuji Ikeda, Takahiro Karasaki, Keiichi Fujiwara, Hiroyuki Aburatani, Kazuhiro Kakimi
Neoantigens derived from tumor-specific somatic mutations are excellent targets for anti-tumor immune responses. In ovarian clear cell carcinoma (OCCC), checkpoint blockade yields durable responses in a subset of patients. To approach the question of why only some patients respond, we first investigated neoantigen loads and immune signatures using exome sequencing and expression array data for 74 OCCC patients treated conventionally. Neither the number of missense mutations nor total predicted neoantigens assessed in the tumor correlated with clinical outcomes...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919112/disuse-atrophy-accompanied-by-intramuscular-ectopic-adipogenesis-in-vastus-medialis-muscle-of-advanced-osteoarthritis-patients
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Madoka Ikemoto-Uezumi, Yasumoto Matsui, Masaki Hasegawa, Remi Fujita, Yasuhide Kanayama, Akiyoshi Uezumi, Tsuyoshi Watanabe, Atsushi Harada, A Robin Poole, Naohiro Hashimoto
Muscle dysfunction is the most important modifiable mediating factor in primary osteoarthritis because properly contracting muscles are a key absorber of forces acting on a joint. However, the pathological features of disuse muscle atrophy in osteoarthritis patients have been little studied. Vastus medialis muscles of fourteen female patients with osteoarthritis in the age range 69 to 86 years, largely immobile for one or more years, were obtained during arthroplastic surgery and analyzed histologically. These were compared to female patients without arthritis, two with patellar fracture, and two with patellar subluxation...
September 14, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917370/aromatherapies-using-osmanthus-fragrans-oil-and-grapefruit-oil-are-effective-complementary-treatments-for-anxious-patients-undergoing-colonoscopy-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Hideaki Hozumi, Sho Hasegawa, Takazumi Tsunenari, Noriko Sanpei, Yuko Arashina, Kieko Takahashi, Ayako Konnno, Emi Chida, Souichi Tomimatsu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Colonoscopy can be painful and uncomfortable. Aromatherapy is often used for the relief of anxiety or discomfort. Recently, it has been reported that olfactory stimulation induces various physiological effects. We investigated the effects of aromatherapy on anxiety and abdominal discomfort during colonoscopy. METHODS: The investigation was carried out using a randomized controlled study. Aromatherapy was performed by vapor diffusion, and each patient was given one of the following treatments: no inhalation (control group), essential-oil-less vapor (vehicle group), lavender oil (lavender group), grapefruit oil (grapefruit group), or Osmanthus fragrans oil (Osmanthus fragrans group)...
October 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
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