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J Aoyama, T Yoshinaga, C Tanaka, K Ishii
To examine species composition and population structures in sand lance (Ammodytidae) along the northern Pacific coast of Japan, genetic analysis were carried out for specimens collected in 2014 from Otsuchi Bay, Iwate, Ishinomaki Bay, Miyagi, off Soma, Fukushima and Ise-Mikawa Bays, Aichi. The samples consisted of Ammodytes japonicus and Ammodytes heian, of which the latter is a recently described species. Neither species exhibited significant genetic differences among localities. Only A. japonicus was found in the most southern locality at Aichi, but it decreased northward to <90% in Miyagi and Fukushima and the two species occurred almost evenly in Iwate suggesting a latitudinal cline in their species composition along the northern Pacific coast of Japan, off Tohoku...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Fish Biology
Guosheng Yang, Hirofumi Tazoe, Masatoshi Yamada
In order to measure trace (236)U and (236)U/(238)U in environmental samples with a high matrix effect, a novel and simple method was developed that makes the digestion and purification procedures compatible with advanced triple-quadrupole inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry. A total dissolution of sample with HF + HNO3 + HClO4 was followed by chromatographic separation with a single resin column containing normal type DGA resin (N,N,N',N'-tetra-n-octyldiglycolamide) as the extractant system. The analytical accuracy and precision of (236)U/(238)U ratios, measured as (236)U(16)O(+)/(238)U(16)O(+), were examined by using the reference materials IAEA-135, IAEA-385, IAEA-447, and JSAC 0471...
November 9, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Satoru Noji, Noriyoshi Seki, Takaki Maeba, Takayuki Sakai, Eiichi Watanabe, Katsuya Maeda, Kyoko Fukushima, Toru Noguchi, Kazuya Ogawa, Yukiyo Toyonaga, Tamotsu Negoro, Hisashi Kawasaki, Makoto Shiozaki
In typical kinase inhibitor programs, a hinge binder showing best potency with preferential specificity is initially selected, followed by fine-tuning of the accompanying substituents on its core module. A shortcoming of this approach is that the exclusive focus on a single chemotype can endanger all the analogues in the series if a critical shortcoming is revealed. Thus, an early evaluation of structure-activity relationships (SARs) can mitigate unforeseen outcomes within a series of multiple compounds, although there have been very few examples to follow such a policy...
October 13, 2016: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Norie Ito, Hidetoshi Takei, Susumu Chiba, Kikuro Fukushima
We reported recently that during a memory-based smooth-pursuit task, most Parkinson's disease (PD) patients exhibited normal cue-information memory but impaired smooth-pursuit preparation and execution. A minority of PD patients had abnormal cue-information memory or difficulty in understanding the task. To further examine differences between these two groups, we assigned an anti-saccade task and compared correct rates with various neuropsychological and motor symptom evaluations. The anti-saccade task requires voluntary saccades in the opposite direction to a visual stimulus, and patients with frontal cortical impairments are known to exhibit reflexive saccades (errors)...
October 21, 2016: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
Samuel M Cohen, Shoji Fukushima, Nigel J Gooderham, F Peter Guengerich, Stephen S Hecht, Ivonne M C M Rietjens, Robert L Smith, Maria Bastaki, Christie L Harman, Margaret M McGowen, Sean V Taylor
p-Mentha-1,8-dien-7-al is a naturally occurring cyclic alpha,beta-unsaturated aldehyde that is used as a flavoring substance throughout the world. Due to the chemical structure and the potential DNA reactivity of the alpha,beta-unsaturated carbonyl moiety, a battery of genotoxicity assays was requested by the European Food Safety Authority. Previous genotoxicity studies on the substance gave mixed results, but both positive and negative results were hampered by not always being performed to any standard guideline...
October 20, 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Katsuya Matsuda, Seiko Tateishi, Yuko Akazawa, Akira Kinoshita, Shiko Yoshida, Sachiko Morisaki, Ai Fukushima, Takahiro Matsuwaki, Koh-Ichiro Yoshiura, Masahiro Nakashima
BACKGROUND: Mitotically active cellular fibroma (MACF) of the ovary, characterized by relatively high mitotic activity without severe atypia, represents a relatively new disease entity. MACF is categorized as a benign ovarian tumor. However, due to a limited number of case reports, its clinical and pathological features and optimum management remains largely undetermined. Herein, we report on a rare case of MACF that grew rapidly in size and was diagnosed on detailed pathological examination...
October 22, 2016: Diagnostic Pathology
Noritoshi Fukushima, Shigeru Inoue, Yuki Hikihara, Hiroyuki Kikuchi, Hiroki Sato, Catrine Tudor-Locke, Shigeho Tanaka
BACKGROUND: Providing large-scale descriptive data of objectively measured physical activity in youth is informative for practitioners, epidemiologists, and researchers. The purpose of this study was to present the pedometer-determined physical activity among Japanese youth using the Tokyo Metropolitan Survey of Physical Fitness, Physical Activity and Lifestyle 2011. METHODS: This study used a school-based survey. The Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education originally collected pedometer-determined steps per day in the fall of 2011...
October 21, 2016: BMC Public Health
Yaeko Fukushima, Satoshi Kurose, Hiromi Shinno, Ha Cao Thi Thu, Nana Takao, Hiromi Tsutsumi, Takaaki Hasegawa, Toshiaki Nakajima, Yutaka Kimura
BACKGROUND: Irisin is a myokine implicated in lipid and glucose metabolism. The objective of this study is to examine the effect of a body weight reduction on the serum irisin level and physical indicators in obese Japanese patients without diabetes. METHODS: The subjects were 22 patients (male/female, 5/17; age, 46.1±16.0 years; body mass index [BMI], 36.9±5.0 kg/m(2)) who completed a 6-month body weight reduction program at our clinic. The program included diet, exercise therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy...
October 2016: Diabetes & Metabolism Journal
Zhongzhi Wang, Masatoshi Jinnin, Miho Harada, Hideo Kudo, Kuniko Inoue, Wakana Nakayama, Noritoshi Honda, Katsunari Makino, Ikko Kajihara, Satoshi Fukushima, Hironobu Ihn
BACKGROUND: MicroRNA levels in sera or hair may potentially be useful biomarkers for various diseases. The diagnosis of nail diseases is sometimes difficult, and nail psoriasis without skin lesions is indistinguishable from nail changes caused by other diseases. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated nail microRNA levels as biomarkers for the diagnosis of psoriasis patients. MATERIALS & METHODS: MicroRNA levels were examined in psoriasis patients with (11 patients) and without (six patients) nail changes...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Dermatology: EJD
Masaharu Tsubokura, Shuhei Nomura, Hajime Watanobe, Yoshitaka Nishikawa, Chiaki Suzuki, Sae Ochi, Claire Leppold, Hirokatsu Kinoshita, Shigeaki Kato, Yasutoshi Saito
Background Iodine deficiency is an important modifier of the risk of thyroid cancer following irradiation; however, little information is available on a prevalence of iodine deficiency in Fukushima and its surroundings after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident that occurred in March, 2011. Methods To assess urinary iodine concentrations (UIC) and a prevalence of iodine deficiency and to elucidate any associations between demographic characteristics and UIC levels among children and adolescents aged 18 or younger at the time of the accident in Fukushima Prefecture and its surroundings, we evaluated the data on voluntary UIC testing conducted by Hirata Central Hospital, Fukushima...
October 19, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
Hiroyuki Inoue, Jae-Hyun Park, Kazuma Kiyotani, Makda Zewde, Azusa Miyashita, Masatoshi Jinnin, Yukiko Kiniwa, Ryuhei Okuyama, Ryota Tanaka, Yasuhiro Fujisawa, Hiroshi Kato, Akimichi Morita, Jun Asai, Norito Katoh, Kenji Yokota, Masashi Akiyama, Hironobu Ihn, Satoshi Fukushima, Yusuke Nakamura
Immune checkpoint inhibitors blocking the interaction between programmed death-1 (PD-1) and PD-1 ligand-1 (PD-L1) are revolutionizing the cancer immunotherapies with durable clinical responses. Although high expression of PD-L1 in tumor tissues has been implicated to correlate with the better response to the anti-PD-1 therapies, this association has been controversial. In this study, to characterize immune microenvironment in tumors, we examined mRNA levels of immune-related genes and characterized T cell repertoire in the tumors of 13 melanoma patients before and after nivolumab treatment...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Yuki Mawatari, Mikiko Fukushima
PURPOSE: This study aims to evaluate the efficacy of processed images to predict postoperative appearance following levator resection. METHODS: Analysis involved 109 eyes from 65 patients with blepharoptosis who underwent advancement of levator aponeurosis and Müller's muscle complex (levator resection). Predictive images were prepared from preoperative photographs using the image processing software (Adobe Photoshop(®)). Images of selected eyes were digitally enlarged in an appropriate manner and shown to patients prior to surgery...
2016: Clinical Ophthalmology
Tetsuya Ohira, Hideto Takahashi, Seiji Yasumura, Akira Ohtsuru, Sanae Midorikawa, Satoru Suzuki, Toshihiko Fukushima, Hiroki Shimura, Tetsuo Ishikawa, Akira Sakai, Shunichi Yamashita, Koichi Tanigawa, Hitoshi Ohto, Masafumi Abe, Shinichi Suzuki
The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake led to a subsequent nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. In its wake, we sought to examine the association between external radiation dose and thyroid cancer in Fukushima Prefecture. We applied a cross-sectional study design with 300,476 participants aged 18 years and younger who underwent thyroid examinations between October 2011 and June 2015. Areas within Fukushima Prefecture were divided into three groups based on individual external doses (≥1% of 5 mSv, <99% of 1 mSv/y, and the other)...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Masaaki Ikeda, Yoshitaka Yoshimura, Takashi Kikuiri, Mino Matsuno, Tomokazu Hasegawa, Kumu Fukushima, Takako Hayakawa, Hajime Minamikawa, Kuniaki Suzuki, Junichiro Iida
Bone remodeling is an important factor in orthodontic tooth movement. During orthodontic treatment, osteoclasts are subjected to various mechanical stimuli, and this promotes or inhibits osteoclast differentiation and fusion. It has been previously reported that the release from tensile force induces osteoclast differentiation. However, little is known about how release from compressive force affects osteoclasts. The present study investigated the effects of release from compressive force on osteoclasts. The number of tartrate‑resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP)‑positive multinucleated osteoclasts derived from RAW264...
October 5, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Hitomi Hoshino, Makoto Ohta, Makoto Ito, Kenji Uchimura, Yasuhiro Sakai, Takeshi Uehara, Shulin Low, Mana Fukushima, Motohiro Kobayashi
Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) is the second most common primary liver neoplasm, followed by hepatocellular carcinoma. ICC can be further subclassified as (i) perihilar and (ii) peripheral types, the latter histologically resembling small-sized intrahepatic bile ducts, such as interlobular bile ducts, cholangioles/ductules and the canals of Hering. Cholangiolocellular carcinoma (CoCC), now classified by the World Health Organization as a subtype of combined hepatocellular-cholangiocarcinoma, is currently regarded as a subtype of peripheral-type ICC...
October 17, 2016: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Yutaka Hamaoka
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September 28, 2016: Epidemiology
Sheng Xu, Gordon T Cook, Alan J Cresswell, Elaine Dunbar, Stewart P H T Freeman, Xiaolin Hou, Helen Kinch, Philip Naysmith, David W C Sanderson, Luyuan Zhang
Japanese cedar leaves from Iwaki, Fukushima were analyzed for carbon, cesium and iodine isotopic compositions before and after the 2011 nuclear accident. The Δ(14)C values reflect ambient atmospheric (14)C concentrations during the year the leaves were sampled/defoliated, and also previous year(s). The elevated (129)I and (134,137)Cs concentrations are attributed to direct exposure to the radioactive fallout for the pre-fallout-expended leaves and to internal translocation from older parts of the tree for post-fallout-expended leaves...
2016: Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Wakana Nakayama, Masatoshi Jinnin, Yukiko Tomizawa, Kayo Nakamura, Hideo Kudo, Kuniko Inoue, Katsunari Makino, Noritoshi Honda, Ikko Kajihara, Satoshi Fukushima, Hironobu Ihn
OBJECTIVES: The overexpression of IL-12 family cytokines is implicated in the pathogenesis of SSc, but their exact role is still unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the regulation of extracellular matrix expression by IL-23 and its contribution to the phenotype of SSc. METHODS: The mRNA expression was determined by PCR array and real-time PCR. The expression levels of proteins were determined by immunoblotting and immunohistochemical staining. The effect of IL-23 on dermal fibrosis in vivo was examined in a mouse model of SSc induced by bleomycin injection...
October 15, 2016: Rheumatology
Yukihisa Sanada, Tadashi Orita, Tatsuo Torii
Aerial radiological survey using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was applied to measurement surface contamination around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station (FDNPS). An unmanned helicopter monitoring system (UHMS) was developed to survey the environmental effect of radioactive cesium scattered as a result of the FDNPS accident. The UHMS was used to monitor the area surrounding the FDNPS six times from 2012 to 2015. Quantitative changes in the radioactivity distribution trend were revealed from the results of these monitoring runs...
October 3, 2016: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
M Ogawa, T Fujita, N Fukushima, T Nakatani, S Kitamiura, Y Imamura, K Watanabe, S Iwata, A Kinjo
BACKGROUND: Because tissue transplantation (TTx) has not been familiar to the general public or even to medical staffs in Japan, awareness of TTx is very important to increase tissue donation. Our primary aim was to describe the current status of awareness of TTx in medical staffs and in the general public around Osaka. METHODS: Between July 2014 and February 2015, 1015 general public citizens, 203 medical staff members working in emergency hospitals, and 168 cardiothoracic surgeons were invited to complete a letter or web-based survey through the use of a self-designed questionnaire...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
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