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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424896/maximum-tongue-pressure-is-associated-with-swallowing-dysfunction-in-als-patients
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Aya Hiraoka, Mineka Yoshikawa, Masahiro Nakamori, Naohisa Hosomi, Toshikazu Nagasaki, Takahiro Mori, Masaya Oda, Hirofumi Maruyama, Mitsuyoshi Yoshida, Yuishin Izumi, Masayasu Matsumoto, Kazuhiro Tsuga
Maximum tongue pressure (MTP) measurement is a convenient, less invasive assessment that has been developed to quantify tongue strength; however, it is unclear whether MTP is useful for the detection of swallowing disorders in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients. The purpose of this study was to clarify the relationship between MTP and the characteristics of swallowing disorders on videofluorography and to determine the usefulness of tongue pressure measurement for the assessment of swallowing function in ALS patients...
April 19, 2017: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419364/examination-of-cryptococcal-glucuronoxylomannan-antigen-in-bronchoalveolar-lavage-fluid-for-diagnosing-pulmonary-cryptococcosis-in-hiv-negative-patients
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Kazuhiro Oshima, Takahiro Takazono, Tomomi Saijo, Masato Tashiro, Shintaro Kurihara, Kazuko Yamamoto, Yoshifumi Imamura, Taiga Miyazaki, Misuzu Tsukamoto, Katsunori Yanagihara, Hiroshi Mukae, Shigeru Kohno, Koichi Izumikawa
We clarified the performance of a cryptococcal glucuronoxylomannan (GXM) antigen test using bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) samples, in an HIV-negative Japanese population. Between March 2008 and December 2014, we examined cryptococcal GXM antigens in both serum and BALF specimens from 429 cases at Nagasaki University hospital. The diagnoses, underlying diseases, chest computed tomography findings, and cryptococcal GXM antigen test results were retrospectively investigated. Twenty-three patients were confirmed to have pulmonary cryptococcosis, another six were clinically diagnosed with cryptococcosis because they were seropositive for the GXM antigen, and five possible cryptococcosis cases had BALF samples that were positive for the GXM antigen and serum samples that were negative...
April 17, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398944/alpine-skiing-as-winter-time-high-intensity-training
#3
Thomas Stöggl, Christoph Schwarzl, Edith E Müller, Masaru Nagasaki, Julia Stöggl, Martin Schönfelder, Josef Niebauer
INTRODUCTION: To counteract the winter activity deficit, we set out to analyze cardiorespiratory and metabolic responses of two high intensity training (HIT) protocols during alpine skiing (AS), cross-country skiing (XCS) and indoor cycling (IC) and the effects of sex, age and fitness level in this comparison. METHODS: Nineteen healthy subjects (two age and fitness groups, both sexes) performed AS, XCS, and IC with measurements of oxygen uptake (VO2), energy expenditure (EE), heart rate (HR), lactate, blood glucose and rate of perceived exertion, determined during 4-min of continuous high intensity (HITc: 90% HRmax for XCS and IC or short turn skiing during AS) or 10-min intermittent HIT [HITint: 5x1' high intensity (>90% HRmax or short turn skiing), 1' active recovery]...
April 11, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374482/safety-and-efficacy-of-treatment-with-asfotase-alfa-in-patients-with-hypophosphatasia-results-from-a-japanese-clinical-trial
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Taichi Kitaoka, Toshihiro Tajima, Keisuke Nagasaki, Toru Kikuchi, Katsusuke Yamamoto, Toshimi Michigami, Satoshi Okada, Ikuma Fujiwara, Masayuki Kokaji, Hiroshi Mochizuki, Tsutomu Ogata, Koji Tatebayashi, Atsushi Watanabe, Shuichi Yatsuga, Takuo Kubota, Keiichi Ozono
OBJECTIVE: Hypophosphatasia (HPP) is a rare skeletal disease characterized by hypomineralization and low alkaline phosphatase activity. Asfotase alfa (AA) has been recently developed to treat HPP complications. This study evaluated its safety and efficacy in Japan. DESIGN: Open-label, multicenter, prospective trial. Patients were enrolled in 11 hospitals from June 2014 to July 2015. PATIENTS: Thirteen patients (9 females, 4 males) ages 0 days to 34 years at baseline were enrolled and treated with AA (2 mg/kg three times weekly subcutaneously in all but one patient)...
April 4, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373621/sudden-cardiac-death-during-first-time-jogging
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Hiromitsu Kurata, Akiko Ishigami, Itsuo Tokunaga, Yasushi Nagasaki, Akiyoshi Nishimura
With increased interest in fitness and health care, jogging has become more popular as an exercise to promote health. However, sudden cardiac death during sports or exercise has also been reported. Some apparently healthy elderly individuals take up sports for both recreation and health improvement based only on completion of a questionnaire, without undergoing medical evaluation. We report the case of a 66-year-old Japanese man who suddenly died of acute ischemic heart disease during first-time jogging. He collapsed an hour after starting...
2017: Journal of Medical Investigation: JMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361969/heg1-is-a-novel-mucin-like-membrane-protein-that-serves-as-a-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-target-for-malignant-mesothelioma
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Shoutaro Tsuji, Kota Washimi, Taihei Kageyama, Makiko Yamashita, Mitsuyo Yoshihara, Rieko Matsuura, Tomoyuki Yokose, Yoichi Kameda, Hiroyuki Hayashi, Takao Morohoshi, Yukio Tsuura, Toshikazu Yusa, Takashi Sato, Akira Togayachi, Hisashi Narimatsu, Toshinori Nagasaki, Kotaro Nakamoto, Yasuhiro Moriwaki, Hidemi Misawa, Kenzo Hiroshima, Yohei Miyagi, Kohzoh Imai
The absence of highly specific markers for malignant mesothelioma (MM) has served an obstacle for its diagnosis and development of molecular-targeting therapy against MM. Here, we show that a novel mucin-like membrane protein, sialylated protein HEG homolog 1 (HEG1), is a highly specific marker for MM. A monoclonal antibody against sialylated HEG1, SKM9-2, can detect even sarcomatoid and desmoplastic MM. The specificity and sensitivity of SKM9-2 to MM reached 99% and 92%, respectively; this antibody did not react with normal tissues...
March 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356981/characteristic-expression-of-fukutin-in-gastric-cancer-among-atomic-bomb-survivors
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Trang T B Pham, Naohide Oue, Manabu Yamamoto, Megumu Fujihara, Teruyoshi Ishida, Shoichiro Mukai, Naoya Sakamoto, Kazuhiro Sentani, Wataru Yasui
Approximately 70 years have passed since the atomic bombs were dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. To elucidate potential biomarkers and possible mechanisms of radiation-induced cancer, the expression of FKTN, which encodes fukutin protein and causes Fukuyama-type congenital muscular dystrophy, was analyzed in gastric cancer (GC) tissue samples from atomic bomb survivors. Expression of cluster of differentiation (CD) 10 was also evaluated, as it has previously been observed that positive fukutin expression was frequently noted in CD10-positive GC cases...
February 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352666/lrrk2-but-not-atg16l1-is-associated-with-paneth-cell-defect-in-japanese-crohn-s-disease-patients
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Ta-Chiang Liu, Takeo Naito, Zhenqiu Liu, Kelli L VanDussen, Talin Haritunians, Dalin Li, Katsuya Endo, Yosuke Kawai, Masao Nagasaki, Yoshitaka Kinouchi, Dermot P B McGovern, Tooru Shimosegawa, Yoichi Kakuta, Thaddeus S Stappenbeck
BACKGROUND. Morphological patterns of Paneth cells are a prognostic biomarker in Western Crohn's disease (CD) patients, and are associated with autophagy-associated ATG16L1 and NOD2 variants. We hypothesized that genetic determinants of Paneth cell phenotype in other ethnic CD cohorts are distinct but also involved in autophagy. METHODS. We performed a hypothesis-driven analysis of 56 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with CD susceptibility or known to affect Paneth cell function in 110 Japanese CD patients who underwent ileal resection...
March 23, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330400/academic-responses-to-fukushima-disaster
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Kiyotaka Yasui, Yuko Kimura, Kenji Kamiya, Rie Miyatani, Naohiro Tsuyama, Akira Sakai, Koji Yoshida, Shunichi Yamashita, Rethy Chhem, May Abdel-Wahab, Akira Ohtsuru
Since radiation accidents, particularly nuclear disasters, are rarer than other types of disasters, a comprehensive radiation disaster medical curriculum for them is currently unavailable. The Fukushima compound disaster has urged the establishment of a new medical curriculum in preparation for any future complex disaster. The medical education will aim to aid decision making on various health risks for workers, vulnerable people, and residents addressing each phase in the disaster. Herein, we introduce 3 novel educational programs that have been initiated to provide students, professionals, and leaders with the knowledge of and skills to elude the social consequences of complex nuclear disasters...
March 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328139/long-term-survival-of-a-patient-with-perlman-syndrome-due-to-novel-compound-heterozygous-missense-mutations-in-rnb-domain-of-dis3l2
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Noriko Soma, Ken Higashimoto, Masaru Imamura, Akihiko Saitoh, Hidenobu Soejima, Keisuke Nagasaki
Perlman syndrome is a rare overgrowth syndrome characterized by polyhydramnios, macrosomia, distinctive facial appearance, renal dysplasia, and a predisposition to Wilms' tumor. The syndrome is often associated with a high neonatal mortality rate and there are few reports of long-term survivors. We studied a 6-year-old Japanese female patient, who was diagnosed with Perlman syndrome, with novel compound heterozygous mutations in DIS3L2 (c.[367-2A > G];[1328T > A]), who has survived long term. Most reported DIS3L2 mutations have been the homozygous deletion of exon 6 or exon 9, and these mutations would certainly have caused the loss of both RNA binding and degradation activity...
April 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326636/il4r%C3%AE-and-adam33-as-genetic-markers-in-asthma-exacerbations-and-type-2-inflammatory-endotype
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Hironobu Sunadome, Hisako Matsumoto, Guergana Petrova, Yoshihiro Kanemitsu, Yuji Tohda, Takahiko Horiguchi, Hideo Kita, Kazunobu Kuwabara, Keisuke Tomii, Kojiro Otsuka, Masaki Fujimura, Noriyuki Ohkura, Katsuyuki Tomita, Akihito Yokoyama, Hiroshi Ohnishi, Yasutaka Nakano, Tetsuya Oguma, Soichiro Hozawa, Tadao Nagasaki, Isao Ito, Tsuyoshi Oguma, Hideki Inoue, Tomoko Tajiri, Toshiyuki Iwata, Yumi Izuhara, Junya Ono, Shoichiro Ohta, Tomomitsu Hirota, Mayumi Tamari, Tetsuji Yokoyama, Akio Niimi, Kenji Izuhara, Michiaki Mishima
BACKGROUND: Genetic markers of susceptibility to asthma exacerbations in adults remain unclear. OBJECTIVE: To identify genetic markers of asthma exacerbations, particularly in patients with type-2 inflammatory endotype. METHODS: In this observational study of patients enrolled in the Kinki Hokuriku Airway disease Conference multicenter study, frequency of exacerbations requiring systemic corticosteroids during 2 years after enrolment and associated risk factors were determined...
March 22, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324866/long-term-bioavailability-of-redox-nanoparticles-effectively-reduces-organ-dysfunctions-and-death-in-whole-body-irradiated-mice
#12
Chitho P Feliciano, Koji Tsuboi, Kenshi Suzuki, Hiroyuki Kimura, Yukio Nagasaki
Radioprotective agents have been developed to protect patients against the damaging and lethal effects of ionizing radiation. However, in addition to the intrinsic ability to target reactive oxygen species (ROS), the ability to retain a significant level of bioavailability is desirable in radioprotective agents because that would increase and prolong their radioprotective efficacy and improve its safety. Here, we report the development of a novel nanoparticle-based radioprotective agent with improved bioavailability, which suppressed the adverse effects typically associated with low-molecular-weight (LMW) antioxidants...
March 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319463/solid-cancer-incidence-among-the-life-span-study-of-atomic-bomb-survivors-1958-2009
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Eric J Grant, Alina Brenner, Hiromi Sugiyama, Ritsu Sakata, Atsuko Sadakane, Mai Utada, Elizabeth K Cahoon, Caitlin M Milder, Midori Soda, Harry M Cullings, Dale L Preston, Kiyohiko Mabuchi, Kotaro Ozasa
This is the third analysis of solid cancer incidence among the Life Span Study (LSS) cohort of atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, adding eleven years of follow-up data since the previously reported analysis. For this analysis, several changes and improvements were implemented, including updated dose estimates (DS02R1) and adjustment for smoking. Here, we focus on all solid cancers in aggregate. The eligible cohort included 105,444 subjects who were alive and had no known history of cancer at the start of follow-up...
March 20, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299227/resection-of-the-gastric-tube-reconstructed-through-the-retrosternal-route-without-sternotomy
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Masahiro Kimura, Yasuyuki Shibata, Kotaro Mizuno, Hironori Tanaka, Motoki Hato, Satoshi Taniwaki, Yoichiro Mori, Nobuo Ochi, Takaya Nagasaki, Shuhei Ueno, Yuki Eguchi
With advances of combined modality therapy, prognoses in esophageal cancer have been improving. After resection of esophageal cancer, the development of gastric tube cancer is a risk. While such cancer in an early stage can be cured endoscopically, total gastric tube resection is indicated in advanced stages. A 68-year-old man underwent subtotal esophagectomy reconstructed with a gastric tube through the retrosternal route. Gastric cancer was found one and a half years postoperatively. The gastric tube was resected without sternotomy...
2017: Case Reports in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273150/identification-of-small-molecule-inhibitors-for-influenza-a-virus-using-in-silico-and-in-vitro-approaches
#15
Juliann Nzembi Makau, Ken Watanabe, Takeshi Ishikawa, Satoshi Mizuta, Tsuyoshi Hamada, Nobuyuki Kobayashi, Noriyuki Nishida
Influenza viruses have acquired resistance to approved neuraminidase-targeting drugs, increasing the need for new drug targets for the development of novel anti-influenza drugs. Nucleoprotein (NP) is an attractive target since it has an indispensable role in virus replication and its amino acid sequence is well conserved. In this study, we aimed to identify new inhibitors of the NP using a structure-based drug discovery algorithm, named Nagasaki University Docking Engine (NUDE), which has been established especially for the Destination for GPU Intensive Machine (DEGIMA) supercomputer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269999/baseline-mri-bone-erosion-predicts-the-subsequent-radiographic-progression-in-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-who-achieved-sustained-good-clinical-response
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Mami Tamai, Kazuhiko Arima, Yoshikazu Nakashima, Junko Kita, Masataka Umeda, Shoichi Fukui, Ayako Nishino, Takahisa Suzuki, Yoshiro Horai, Akitomo Okada, Tomohiro Koga, Shin-Ya Kawashiri, Naoki Iwamoto, Kunihiro Ichinose, Satoshi Yamasaki, Hideki Nakamura, Tomoki Origuchi, Kiyoshi Aoyagi, Masataka Uetani, Katsumi Eguchi, Atsushi Kawakami
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings at baseline predict radiographic progression in early-stage rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients who have achieved sustained good clinical response. METHODS: This is a sub-analysis from the one-year observational study of Nagasaki University Early Arthritis Cohort. Definition of 'good clinical response' was a decrement of disease activity score (DAS) 28 ≧ 1.2 at three months with achievement of DAS28 remission through 6-12 months...
March 8, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266184/water-solubilization-of-fullerene-derivatives-by-%C3%AE-1-3-1-6-d-glucan-and-their-photodynamic-activities-toward-macrophages
#17
Atsushi Ikeda, Tatsuya Iizuka, Naotake Maekubo, Kazuyuki Nobusawa, Kouta Sugikawa, Kazuya Koumoto, Toshio Suzuki, Takeshi Nagasaki, Motofusa Akiyama
Anionic and neutral fullerene derivatives were dissolved in water by using β-(1,3-1,6)-d-glucan (β-1,3-glucan) as a solubilizing agent. In the water-solubilized complexes, the concentrations of fullerene derivatives were ≈0.30 mm and the average particle sizes were ≈90 nm. The β-1,3-glucan-complexed fullerene derivative with a carboxylic acid was found to have higher photodynamic activity toward macrophages under visible-light irradiation (λ>610 nm) than other β-1,3-glucan-complexed fullerene derivatives...
March 6, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265392/hybrid-procedure-combining-clip-on-wrapping-and-stent-placement-for-ruptured-supraclinoid-blood-blister-like-aneurysm-of-the-internal-carotid-artery
#18
Hirokazu Nagasaki, Michihisa Narikiyo, Gota Nagayama, Seiya Nagao, Yoshifumi Tsuboi, Chisaku Kambayashi
Blood blister-like aneurysms of the supraclinoid portion of the internal carotid artery are rare, fragile, and thin-walled lesions with a higher rate of rebleeding. Our case underwent a hybrid procedure combining direct surgical and endovascular approach.
March 2017: Clinical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260105/depletion-of-tfap2e-attenuates-adriamycin-mediated-apoptosis-in-human-neuroblastoma-cells
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Reina Hoshi, Yosuke Watanabe, Yoshiaki Ishizuka, Takayuki Hirano, Eri Nagasaki-Maeoka, Shinsuke Yoshizawa, Shota Uekusa, Hiroyuki Kawashima, Kensuke Ohashi, Kiminobu Sugito, Noboru Fukuda, Hiroki Nagase, Masayoshi Soma, Toshinori Ozaki, Tsugumichi Koshinaga, Kyoko Fujiwara
Neuroblastoma is a childhood malignancy originating from the sympathetic nervous system and accounts for approximately 15% of all pediatric cancer-related deaths. To newly identify gene(s) implicated in the progression of neuroblastoma, we investigated aberrantly methylated genomic regions in mouse skin tumors. Previously, we reported that TFAP2E, a member of activator protein-2 transcription factor family, is highly methylated within its intron and its expression is strongly suppressed in mouse skin tumors compared with the normal skin...
April 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256388/utility-of-serum-periostin-in-combination-with-exhaled-nitric-oxide-in-the-management-of-asthma
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Tadao Nagasaki, Hisako Matsumoto, Kenji Izuhara
Type-2/eosinophilic inflammation plays a pivotal role in asthma. The identification of severe type-2/eosinophilic asthma is important for improving the management of patients with asthma. Therefore, efforts to develop non-invasive biomarkers for type-2/eosinophilic airway inflammation have been made during this decade. Currently, fraction of exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) and serum periostin levels are considered markers of type-2/eosinophilic inflammation in asthma. However, a single-marker approach has limited the ability to diagnose severe type-2/eosinophilic asthma accurately and predict disease outcomes precisely...
February 27, 2017: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
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