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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641406/novel-antimicrobial-activities-of-a-peptide-derived-from-a-japanese-soybean-fermented-food-natto-against-streptococcus-pneumoniae-and-bacillus-subtilis-group-strains
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Manabu Kitagawa, Tsukasa Shiraishi, Soh Yamamoto, Ryosuke Kutomi, Yasuo Ohkoshi, Toyotaka Sato, Hideki Wakui, Hideaki Itoh, Atsushi Miyamoto, Shin-Ichi Yokota
We recently isolated a tumoricidal peptide from Natto, a Japanese traditional fermented food. In the present study, antimicrobial activity of the Natto peptide was examined. The peptide consisted of 45 amino acid residues, and its structure was predicted to be rich in α-helix. It excreted antimicrobial activity only against Streptococcus pneumoniae and Bacillus subtilis group (B. subtilis, Bacillus pumilus, and Bacillus licheniformis). Lesser antimicrobial activity was observed for Streptococcus species other than S...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641145/lack-of-association-between-deletion-polymorphism-of-bim-gene-and-in-vitro-drug-sensitivity-in-b-cell-precursor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Meixian Huang, Kunio Miyake, Keiko Kagami, Masako Abe, Tamao Shinohara, Atsushi Watanabe, Shinpei Somazu, Hiroko Oshiro, Kumiko Goi, Hiroaki Goto, Masayoshi Minegishi, Shotaro Iwamoto, Nobutaka Kiyokawa, Kanji Sugita, Takeshi Inukai
A deletion polymorphism in the BIM gene was identified as an intrinsic mechanism for resistance to tyrosine kinase inhibitor in chronic myeloid leukemia patients in East Asia. BIM is also involved in the responses to glucocorticoid and chemotherapy in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), suggesting a possible association between deletion polymorphism of BIM and the chemosensitivity of ALL. Thus, we analyzed 72 B-cell precursor (BCP)-ALL cell lines established from Japanese patients. Indeed, higher BIM gene expression was associated with good in vitro sensitivities to glucocorticoid and chemotherapeutic agents used in induction therapy...
June 4, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640865/association-between-suicide-related-ideations-and-affective-temperaments-in-the-japanese-general-adult-population
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Nobuyuki Mitsui, Yukiei Nakai, Takeshi Inoue, Niki Udo, Kan Kitagawa, Yumi Wakatsuki, Rie Kameyama, Atsuhito Toyomaki, Yoichi M Ito, Yuji Kitaichi, Shin Nakagawa, Ichiro Kusumi
BACKGROUND: Suicide rates are vastly higher in Japan than in many other countries, although the associations between affective temperaments and suicide-related ideations in the general adult population remain unclear. Therefore, we aimed to elucidate these associations in the present study. METHODS: We analyzed data from 638 Japanese volunteers who completed both the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) and the Temperament Evaluation of the Memphis, Pisa, Paris, and San Diego Auto-questionnaire (TEMPS-A)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640796/erratum-vol-66-no-22
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In the report "Japanese Encephalitis Surveillance and Immunization - Asia and Western Pacific Regions, 2016," on page 581, in the table "Characteristics of Japanese encephalitis (JE) surveillance in countries with JE virus transmission risk, 2016," and on page 582, in the table "Characteristics of Japanese encephalitis (JE) immunization programs in countries with JE virus transmission risk, 2016," Taiwan should have been indented beneath China. The corrected tables with added indents can be found at http://apps...
June 23, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637324/the-effects-of-phytosterols-on-the-sexual-behavior-and-reproductive-function-in-the-japanese-quail-coturnix-coturnix-japonica
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Mohammad Ibrahim Qasimi, Kentaro Nagaoka, Gen Watanabe
Phytosterols (PS) are plant origin sterols naturally found in many foods and added as food additives. Since 1950, PS have attracted considerable attention due to their ability to lower serum cholesterol and inhibit cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, recent studies have found that PS act as endocrine-disrupting chemicals in laboratory animals. Therefore, this study was aimed at finding the mechanism(s) for PS effects on the sexual behaviors and reproductive functions in male Japanese quails (Coturnix coturnix japonica)...
June 16, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636656/selective-propagation-of-mouse-passaged-scrapie-prions-with-long-incubation-period-from-a-mixed-prion-population-using-gt1-7-cells
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Kohtaro Miyazawa, Kentaro Masujin, Hiroyuki Okada, Yuko Ushiki-Kaku, Yuichi Matsuura, Takashi Yokoyama
In our previous study, we demonstrated the propagation of mouse-passaged scrapie isolates with long incubation periods (L-type) derived from natural Japanese sheep scrapie cases in murine hypothalamic GT1-7 cells, along with disease-associated prion protein (PrPSc) accumulation. We here analyzed the susceptibility of GT1-7 cells to scrapie prions by exposure to infected mouse brains at different passages, following interspecies transmission. Wild-type mice challenged with a natural sheep scrapie case (Kanagawa) exhibited heterogeneity of transmitted scrapie prions in early passages, and this mixed population converged upon one with a short incubation period (S-type) following subsequent passages...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636581/the-psylog-mobile-application-development-of-a-tool-for-the-assessment-and-monitoring-of-side-effects-of-psychotropic-medication
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Martina Rojnic Kuzman, Olivier Andlauer, Kai Burmeister, Boris Dvoracek, Rebekka Lencer, Katja Koelkebeck, Alexander Nawka, Florian Riese
Mobile health interventions are regarded as affordable and accessible tools that can enhance standard psychiatric care. As part of the mHealth Psycho-Educational Intervention Versus Antipsychotic-Induced Side Effects (mPIVAS) project (www.psylog.eu), we developed the mobile application "PsyLOG" based on mobile "smartphone" technology to monitor antipsychotic-induced side effects. The aim of this paper is to describe the rationale and development of the PsyLOG and its clinical use. The PsyLOG application runs on smartphones with Android operating system...
June 2017: Psychiatria Danubina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635560/sorafenib-in-japanese-patients-with-locally-advanced-or-metastatic-medullary-thyroid-carcinoma-and-anaplastic-thyroid-carcinoma
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Yasuhiro Ito, Naoyoshi Onoda, Ken-Ichi Ito, Iwao Sugitani, Shunji Takahashi, Iku Yamaguchi, Koki Kabu, Katsuya Tsukada
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic options for treating advanced or metastatic medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) and anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) are still limited in Japan even though vandetanib for MTC, and lenvatinib for MTC and ATC have been approved. Sorafenib is an oral multikinase inhibitor approved for the treatment of patients with radioactive iodine-refractory (RAI-R) differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC). We conducted an uncontrolled, open-label, multicenter, single-arm, phase 2 clinical study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of sorafenib in Japanese patients with MTC and ATC...
June 21, 2017: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635545/current-asthma-respiratory-symptoms-and-airway-infections-among-students-in-relation-to-the-school-and-home-environment-in-japan
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Motoko Takaoka, Kyoko Suzuki, Dan Norbäck
OBJECTIVE: To study associations between the school and home environment and current asthma, respiratory symptoms and airway infections among Japanese students. METHODS: Japanese students (12-15 y) (N = 1048) in four schools responded to a questionnaire on respiratory health, allergy and the home environment. Temperature, relative air humidity (RH) and student density (students/m(2) floor area) was measured in the classrooms: dust was collected from floors and in classroom air and analysed for cat (Fel d 1) and dog (Can f 1) allergens...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635411/single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-in-the-human-rad21l-gene-may-be-a-genetic-risk-factor-for-japanese-patients-with-azoospermia-caused-by-meiotic-arrest-and-sertoli-cell-only-syndrome
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Gaku Minase, Toshinobu Miyamoto, Yasushi Miyagawa, Masashi Iijima, Hiroto Ueda, Yasuaki Saijo, Mikio Namiki, Kazuo Sengoku
Genetic mechanisms are implicated in some cases of male infertility. Recently, it was demonstrated that male mice lacking the gene for RAD21L exhibited azoospermia caused by meiotic arrest. Mouse RAD21L is a functionally relevant meiotic α-kleisin that is essential for male fertility. Therefore, we hypothesized that RAD21L mutations or polymorphisms may be associated with male infertility, especially azoospermia secondary to meiotic arrest. To determine if RAD21L defects are associated with azoospermia in groups of patients with meiotic arrest, we performed direct sequencing of the RAD21L coding regions in 38 Japanese patients with meiotic arrest and in 200 normal controls...
February 21, 2017: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635370/evaluation-of-the-comprehensive-palatability-of-japanese-sake-paired-with-dishes-by-multiple-regression-analysis-based-on-subdomains
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Ryo Nakamura, Kumiko Nakano, Hiroyasu Tamura, Masaki Mizunuma, Tohru Fushiki, Dai Hirata
Many factors contribute to palatability. In order to evaluate the palatability of Japanese alcohol sake paired with certain dishes by integrating multiple factors, here we applied an evaluation method previously reported for palatability of cheese by multiple regression analysis based on 3 subdomain factors (rewarding, cultural, and informational). We asked 94 Japanese participants/subjects to evaluate the palatability of sake (1st evaluation/E1 for the first cup, 2nd/E2 and 3rd/E3 for the palatability with aftertaste/afterglow of certain dishes) and to respond to a questionnaire related to 3 subdomains...
June 21, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635331/network-meta-analysis-of-liraglutide-versus-dpp-4-inhibitors-for-the-treatment-of-type-2-diabetes-in-japanese-patients
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Dieter Ayers, Steve Kanters, Rachel Goldgrub, Monica Hughes, Ryo Kato, Nana Kragh
AIMS: To determine the comparative efficacy and safety of liraglutide and dipeptidyl peptidiase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors as antidiabetics for Japanese patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes (T2DM). METHODS AND MATERIALS: We searched for randomized-controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating outcomes among Japanese adults with uncontrolled T2DM and including liraglutide or DPP-4 inhibitors up to August 2016. We extracted data on trial and patient characteristics, and the following outcomes: HbA1c, weight, patients meeting HbA1c <7%, patients experiencing hypoglycemic events, microalbuminuria, estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and creatinine...
June 21, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635173/laparoscopic-surgery-for-sigmoid-colon-cancer-after-multiple-operations-including-urinary-diversion-with-indiana-pouch-a-case-report
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Kazuya Iwamoto, Hidekazu Takahashi, Naotsugu Haraguchi, Junichi Nishimura, Taishi Hata, Chu Matsuda, Hirofumi Yamamoto, Tsunekazu Mizushima, Yuichiro Doki, Masaki Mori
A 73-year-old man with lower abdominal pain was diagnosed at our hospital with sigmoid colon cancer. He had previously undergone radical cystectomy with Indiana pouch construction and gastrectomy to treat bladder cancer and gastric cancer, respectively. We performed a laparoscopic Hartmann's operation with Japanese D3 lymph node dissection. We observed severe adhesion in the abdominal cavity; adhesions between the urostomy and sigmoid colon were particularly severe. The tumor had invaded to the distal rectum, which had adhered to the pubic bone and the previously reconstructed urinary pouch...
June 21, 2017: Asian Journal of Endoscopic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635156/pyoderma-gangrenosum-and-underlying-diseases-in-japanese-patients-a-regional-long-term-study
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Sae Inoue, Jun-Ichi Furuta, Yasuhiro Fujisawa, Saori Onizawa, Shusaku Ito, Masayuki Sakiyama, Keiko Kobayashi, Toshiyuki Kanou, Shigeruko Iijima, Tsunao Ohi, Chimaki Okubo, Yoshihiro Moriyama, Naoko Okiyama, Manabu Fujimoto
Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is a chronic inflammatory disease of unknown cause that presents as an inflammatory and ulcerative disorder of the skin. PG is often associated with an underlying systemic disease. However, the frequencies of the underlying diseases are unclear in Japanese patients. In this retrospective, observational study, all patients diagnosed with PG who visited dermatology departments of nine regional hospitals in and around Ibaraki Prefecture were collected from 1982 to 2011 or 2014. The diagnoses of PG were based on the characteristic clinical and histological appearances and ruling out of infection...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634730/phase-iii-trial-comparing-uft%C3%A2-%C3%A2-psk-to-uft%C3%A2-%C3%A2-lv-in-stage-iib-iii-colorectal-cancer-mcsgo-cctg
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Yasuhiro Miyake, Junichi Nishimura, Takeshi Kato, Masataka Ikeda, Masaki Tsujie, Taishi Hata, Ichiro Takemasa, Tsunekazu Mizushima, Hirofumi Yamamoto, Mitsugu Sekimoto, Riichiro Nezu, Yuichiro Doki, Masaki Mori
PURPOSE: Oral adjuvant uracil and tegafur plus leucovorin (UFT/LV) is not inferior to standard weekly fluorouracil and folinate for stage II/III colon cancer. However, protein-bound polysaccharide K (PSK) has been evaluated as postoperative adjuvant therapy for colorectal cancer. This report is the first of MCSGO-CCTG, which compared UFT/LV to UFT/PSK as adjuvant chemotherapy for stage IIB or III colorectal cancer in patients who had undergone Japanese D2/D3 lymph node dissection. METHODS: The primary endpoint was the 3-year disease-free survival (DFS)...
June 20, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634561/custom-made-alumina-ceramic-total-talar-prosthesis-for-idiopathic-aseptic-necrosis-of-the-talus-report-of-two-cases
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Ichiro Tonogai, Daisuke Hamada, Yuhei Yamasaki, Keizo Wada, Tomoya Takasago, Takahiko Tsutsui, Tomohiro Goto, Koichi Sairyo
Two women aged 65 years and 78 years presented to our center with idiopathic necrosis of the talus. In both cases, imaging examinations showed collapse and sclerotic changes of the talar body caused by the necrosis. Both women underwent resection and placement of a third-generation custom-made alumina ceramic total talar prosthesis. Immobilization of the ankle in a short-leg cast for 3 weeks was followed by early rehabilitation. One year and 6 months after surgery, both women were able to walk without pain...
2017: Case Reports in Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634093/total-hip-arthroplasty-after-transtrochanteric-rotational-osteotomy-for-osteonecrosis-of-the-femoral-head-a-mean-10-year-follow-up
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Yusuke Osawa, Taisuke Seki, Daigo Morita, Yasuhiko Takegami, Toshiaki Okura, Naoki Ishiguro
BACKGROUND: The objective of the present study was to investigate clinical, quality of life, and radiographic outcomes of patients who underwent total hip arthroplasty (THA) after transtrochanteric rotational osteotomy (TRO) for osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH). METHODS: We performed a case-control study. The participants were 29 patients (34 hips) who underwent THA after TRO (TRO group). These patients had a mean age at surgery of 51.6 years (range, 30-72 years) and underwent postoperative follow-up for a mean period of 10...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634051/revisiting-interdialytic-weight-gain-and-mortality-association-with-serum-albumin-interactions-the-japanese-dialysis-outcomes-and-practice-pattern-study
#18
Noriaki Kurita, Yasuaki Hayashino, Shin Yamazaki, Tadao Akizawa, Takashi Akiba, Akira Saito, Shunichi Fukuhara
BACKGROUND: The dialysis practice guideline in Japan sets a limit on the allowed interdialytic weight gain (IDWG) <6%. However, the effects of relative gain of fluid volume to body weight may differ in presence of morbid conditions. Here, we examined whether or not the associations between IDWG and mortality differ by serum albumin (sAlb), a nutritional and illness marker. DESIGN: The study type used was prospective cohort study. SUBJECTS: Patients who participated in the Japan Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Pattern Study (phase 1-4 [1999-2011]) and received thrice-weekly hemodialysis...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Renal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634010/lamp-1-chimeric-dna-vaccines-enhance-the-antibody-response-in-japanese-flounder-paralichthys-olivaceus
#19
Iang Rondón-Barragán, Reiko Nozaki, Ikuo Hirono, Hidehiro Kondo
DNA vaccination is one method to protect farmed fish from viral and bacterial diseases. Chimeric antigens encoded by DNA vaccines have been shown to increase the resistance to viral diseases. Here, we sequenced the gene encoding lysosome-associated membrane protein-1 from Japanese flounder, Paralichthys olivaceus, (JfLAMP-1) and assessed its use in a chimeric DNA vaccine fused with the major capsule protein (MCP) from red seabream iridovirus (RSIV). JfLAMP-1 cDNA has a length of 1248 bp encoding 415 aa, which contains transmembrane and cytoplasmic domains...
June 17, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633973/patellofemoral-osteoarthritis-progression-and-alignment-changes-after-open-wedge-high-tibial-osteotomy-do-not-affect-clinical-outcomes-at-mid-term-follow-up
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Kenichi Goshima, Takeshi Sawaguchi, Kenji Shigemoto, Shintaro Iwai, Akira Nakanishi, Ken Ueoka
PURPOSE: To evaluate the clinical and radiological outcomes of open-wedge high tibial osteotomy (OWHTO) with respect to the patellofemoral joint and to assess whether patellofemoral osteoarthritis (OA) progression and alignment changes after OWHTO affect clinical outcomes. METHODS: Inclusion criteria were consecutive patients who underwent OWHTO from March 2005 to September 2013. Exclusion criteria were loss to follow-up within 2 years and absence of second-look arthroscopy findings at the time of plate removal...
June 17, 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
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