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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193873/two-types-of-amorphous-protein-particles-facilitate-crystal-nucleation
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Tomoya Yamazaki, Yuki Kimura, Peter G Vekilov, Erika Furukawa, Manabu Shirai, Hiroaki Matsumoto, Alexander E S Van Driessche, Katsuo Tsukamoto
Nucleation, the primary step in crystallization, dictates the number of crystals, the distribution of their sizes, the polymorph selection, and other crucial properties of the crystal population. We used time-resolved liquid-cell transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to perform an in situ examination of the nucleation of lysozyme crystals. Our TEM images revealed that mesoscopic clusters, which are similar to those previously assumed to consist of a dense liquid and serve as nucleation precursors, are actually amorphous solid particles (ASPs) and act only as heterogeneous nucleation sites...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190660/overview-of-biobank-japan-follow-up-data-in-32-diseases
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Makoto Hirata, Akiko Nagai, Yoichiro Kamatani, Toshiharu Ninomiya, Akiko Tamakoshi, Zentaro Yamagata, Michiaki Kubo, Kaori Muto, Yutaka Kiyohara, Taisei Mushiroda, Yoshinori Murakami, Koichiro Yuji, Yoichi Furukawa, Hitoshi Zembutsu, Toshihiro Tanaka, Yozo Ohnishi, Yusuke Nakamura, Koichi Matsuda
BACKGROUND: We established a patient-oriented biobank, BioBank Japan, with information on approximately 200,000 patients, suffering from any of 47 common diseases. This follow-up survey focused on 32 diseases, potentially associated with poor vital prognosis, and collected patient survival information, including cause of death. We performed a survival analysis for all subjects to get an overview of BioBank Japan follow-up data. METHODS: A total of 141,612 participants were included...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190657/cross-sectional-analysis-of-biobank-japan-clinical-data-a-large-cohort-of-200-000-patients-with-47-common-diseases
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Makoto Hirata, Yoichiro Kamatani, Akiko Nagai, Yutaka Kiyohara, Toshiharu Ninomiya, Akiko Tamakoshi, Zentaro Yamagata, Michiaki Kubo, Kaori Muto, Taisei Mushiroda, Yoshinori Murakami, Koichiro Yuji, Yoichi Furukawa, Hitoshi Zembutsu, Toshihiro Tanaka, Yozo Ohnishi, Yusuke Nakamura, Koichi Matsuda
BACKGROUND: To implement personalized medicine, we established a large-scale patient cohort, BioBank Japan, in 2003. BioBank Japan contains DNA, serum, and clinical information derived from approximately 200,000 patients with 47 diseases. Serum and clinical information were collected annually until 2012. METHODS: We analyzed clinical information of participants at enrollment, including age, sex, body mass index, hypertension, and smoking and drinking status, across 47 diseases, and compared the results with the Japanese database on Patient Survey and National Health and Nutrition Survey...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154173/autocrine-and-paracrine-interactions-between-multiple-myeloma-cells-and-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-by-growth-arrest-specific-gene-6-crosstalk-with-interleukin-6
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Miki Furukawa, Hiroshi Ohkawara, Kazuei Ogawa, Kazuhiko Ikeda, Koki Ueda, Akiko Shichishima-Nakamura, Emi Ito, Jun-Ichi Imai, Yuka Yanagisawa, Reiko Honma, Shinya Watanabe, Satoshi Waguri, Takayuki Ikezoe, Yasuchika Takeishi
The pathogenesis of multiple myeloma (MM) has not yet been fully elucidated. Our microarray analysis and immunohistochemistry revealed significant upregulation of growth arrest-specific gene 6 (Gas6), a vitamin K-dependent protein with a structural homology with protein S, in bone marrow (BM) cells of MM patients. ELISA showed that the serum levels of soluble Gas6 were significantly increased in the MM patients when compared with healthy controls. Gas6 was overexpressed in the human CD138-positive MM cell line RPMI-8226...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133128/-a-case-of-surgical-resection-for-liver-metastasis-of-gastric-cancer-treated-with-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy
#5
Soichiro Mori, Masahiro Tanemura, Kentaro Kishi, Mitsuyoshi Tei, Toru Masuzawa, Yozo Suzuki, Masahisa Otsuka, Kenta Furukawa, Yoshihiro Sakano, Kazunori Mori, Hiroki Akamatsu
The patient was a 73-year-old man. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy revealed a type 3 tumor in the antrum of the stomach. Preoperative CT imaging showed multiple liver metastases(S2, S3, S4, S6, S7). We administered 2 courses of chemotherapy( XP therapy)for the unresectable gastric cancer; the impact of the neoadjuvant therapy was PR. We performed distal gastrectomy and D2 dissection. After gastric resection, we administered an additional 3 courses of XP therapy. Unfortunately, new lesions of liver metastases were recurrent at S5 and S8...
November 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133061/-curative-resection-for-chemorefractory-advanced-gastric-cancer-with-pancreatic-invasion-by-pancreatoduodenectomy-a-case-report
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Masahiro Koh, Kentaro Kishi, Ryo Tsukada, Masahiro Tanemura, Mitsuyoshi Tei, Toru Masuzawa, Yozo Suzuki, Kenta Furukawa, Mikako Ikehara, Hiroki Akamatsu
A 37-year-old woman was diagnosed with advanced gastric cancer. Pancreatic invasion of the tumor and positive cytology from peritoneal washing was found on staging laparoscopy. The patient received chemotherapy consisting of S-1 and CDDP, but the tumor size increased after 5 courses. The patient then received 2 courses of second line chemotherapy consisting of biweekly CPT-11; however, the tumor progressed and caused stenosis of the stomach. After gastrojejunostomy for the stenosis, negative cytology of intraperitoneal lavage was found...
November 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104735/initial-severity-of-depression-and-efficacy-of-cognitive-behavioural-therapy-individual-participant-data-meta-analysis-of-pill-placebo-controlled-trials
#7
REVIEW
Toshi A Furukawa, Erica S Weitz, Shiro Tanaka, Steven D Hollon, Stefan G Hofmann, Gerhard Andersson, Jos Twisk, Robert J DeRubeis, Sona Dimidjian, Ulrich Hegerl, Roland Mergl, Robin B Jarrett, Jeffrey R Vittengl, Norio Watanabe, Pim Cuijpers
BACKGROUND: The influence of baseline severity has been examined for antidepressant medications but has not been studied properly for cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) in comparison with pill placebo. AIMS: To synthesise evidence regarding the influence of initial severity on efficacy of CBT from all randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in which CBT, in face-to-face individual or group format, was compared with pill-placebo control in adults with major depression...
January 19, 2017: British Journal of Psychiatry: the Journal of Mental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069106/portal-vein-thrombosis-after-reconstruction-in-270-consecutive-patients-with-portal-vein-resections-in-hepatopancreatobiliary-hpb-surgery
#8
Masaru Miyazaki, Hiroaki Shimizu, Masayuki Ohtuka, Atsushi Kato, Hiroyuki Yoshitomi, Katsunori Furukawa, Tsukasa Takayashiki, Satoshi Kuboki, Shigetsugu Takano, Daisuke Suzuki, Taku Higashihara
BACKGROUNDS: This study was aimed to evaluate the occurrence of portal vein thrombosis after portal vein reconstruction. METHODS: The portal veins were repaired with venorrhaphy, end-to-end, patch graft, and segmental graft in consecutive 270 patients undergoing hepato-pancreto-biliary (HPB) surgery. RESULTS: Portal vein thrombosis was encountered in 20 of 163 of end-to-end, 2 of 56 of venorrhaphy, and 2 of 5 of patch graft groups, as compared with 0 of 46 of segmental graft group (p < 0...
December 24, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995327/quantitative-diagnosis-of-chronic-pancreatitis-using-eus-elastography
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Takamichi Kuwahara, Yoshiki Hirooka, Hiroki Kawashima, Eizaburo Ohno, Takuya Ishikawa, Manabu Kawai, Hiroki Suhara, Tomoaki Takeyama, Kiyotaka Hashizume, Toshinari Koya, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Daisuke Sakai, Takeshi Yamamura, Kazuhiro Furukawa, Kohei Funasaka, Masanao Nakamura, Ryoji Miyahara, Osamu Watanabe, Masatoshi Ishigami, Senju Hashimoto, Hidemi Goto
BACKGROUND: It is difficult to diagnose chronic pancreatitis (CP) objectively because of a lack of standard diagnostic criteria. Endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) has been used to assess the severity of CP, but the diagnosis of CP using EUS depends on an endosnonographer. The aim of this study was to establish an objective diagnostic method for CP using EUS elastography (EUS-EG). METHODS: A retrospective study was designed and 96 patients underwent EUS-EG for follow-up of known CP, or who were clinically suspected as having CP...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994106/resistance-to-first-line-antituberculosis-drugs-in-washington-state-by-region-of-birth-and-implications-for-latent-tuberculosis-treatment-among-foreign-born-individuals
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Nathan W Furukawa, Mahri Z Haider, Sheanne J Allen, Sherry L Carlson, Scott W Lindquist
The United States has a low burden of drug resistance among tuberculosis (TB) cases compared with other world regions. TB is increasingly concentrated among foreign-born individuals who have higher rates of drug resistance than U.S.-born individuals. While universal drug susceptibility testing is the standard for detecting active tuberculosis, there are limited guidelines for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) treatment based on risk factors for drug resistance. To quantify the variable risk of drug resistance among foreign-born individuals, all TB cases in Washington State between 1994 and 2014 with drug resistance data for isoniazid, rifampin, pyrazinamide, and ethambutol were divided into eight regions of birth...
December 19, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993950/in-situ-straining-and-time-resolved-electron-tomography-data-acquisition-in-a-transmission-electron-microscope
#11
S Hata, S Miyazaki, T Gondo, K Kawamoto, N Horii, K Sato, H Furukawa, H Kudo, H Miyazaki, M Murayama
This paper reports the preliminary results of a new in-situ three-dimensional (3D) imaging system for observing plastic deformation behavior in a transmission electron microscope (TEM) as a directly relevant development of the recently reported straining-and-tomography holder [Sato K et al (2015) Development of a novel straining holder for transmission electron microscopy compatible with single tilt-axis electron tomography. Microsc. 64: 369-375]. We designed an integrated system using the holder and newly developed straining and image-acquisition software and then developed an experimental procedure for in-situ straining and time-resolved electron tomography (ET) data acquisition...
December 18, 2016: Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27983908/calcium-concentration-in-culture-medium-as-a-nondestructive-and-rapid-marker-of-osteogenesis
#12
Yohei Tanikake, Manabu Akahane, Akira Furukawa, Yasuaki Tohma, Yusuke Inagaki, Tsutomu Kira, Yasuhito Tanaka
Artificial bones made of &#946;-tricalcium phosphate (&#946;-TCP) combined with bone marrowderived stromal cells (BMSCs) are used for effective reconstruction of bone defects caused by genetic defects, traumatic injury, or surgical resection of bone tumors. However, the selection of constructs with high osteogenic potential before implantation is challenging. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the calcium concentration in BMSC culture medium can be used as a nondestructive and simple osteogenic marker for selecting tissueengineered grafts constructed using &#946;-TCP and BMSCs...
November 29, 2016: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865193/different-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-asymptomatic-severe-aortic-stenosis-according-to-the-stage-classification-does-the-aortic-valve-area-matter
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Takeshi Kitai, Tomohiko Taniguchi, Takeshi Morimoto, Toshiaki Toyota, Chisato Izumi, Shuichiro Kaji, Kitae Kim, Naritatsu Saito, Kazuya Nagao, Tsukasa Inada, Eri Minamino-Muta, Takao Kato, Moriaki Inoko, Katsuhisa Ishii, Tadaaki Koyama, Ryuzo Sakata, Yutaka Furukawa, Takeshi Kimura
BACKGROUND: The ACC/AHA guidelines introduced a new classification of severe aortic stenosis (AS) mainly based on maximum jet velocity (Vmax) and mean pressure gradient (mPG), but not on aortic valve area (AVA). However, prognostic value of this new classification has not yet been fully evaluated. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 1512 patients with asymptomatic severe AS enrolled in the CURRENT AS registry in whom surgery was not initially planned. Patients were divided into 2 groups: Group 1 (N=122) comprised patients who met the recommendation for surgery; high-gradient (HG)-AS (Vmax≥4...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853168/depressive-symptoms-and-prevalence-of-erectile-dysfunction-in-japanese-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-the-dogo-study
#14
S Furukawa, T Sakai, T Niiya, H Miyaoka, T Miyake, S Yamamoto, K Maruyama, T Ueda, H Senba, M Torisu, H Minami, M Onji, T Tanigawa, B Matsuura, Y Hiasa, Y Miyake
In several studies of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, a positive association between depressive symptoms and erectile dysfunction (ED) has been reported. No evidence exists, however, regarding the association between depressive symptoms and ED among Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Thus, we examined this issue among Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Study subjects were 469 male Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, aged 19 years or over. ED, moderate to severe ED and severe ED were defined as present when a subject had a Sexual Health Inventory for Men score <22, <12 and <8, respectively...
November 17, 2016: International Journal of Impotence Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829665/the-role-of-common-protective-alleles-hla-drb1-13-among-systemic-autoimmune-diseases
#15
REVIEW
H Furukawa, S Oka, N Tsuchiya, K Shimada, A Hashimoto, S Tohma, A Kawasaki
Associations between human leukocyte antigen (HLA) and susceptibility to systemic autoimmune diseases have been reported. The predisposing alleles are variable among ethnic groups and/or diseases. On the other hand, some HLA alleles are associated with resistance to systemic autoimmune diseases, including systemic sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis. Interestingly, DRB1*13 alleles are the protective alleles shared by multiple autoimmune diseases. DRB1*13:01 allele is protective in European populations and DRB1*13:02 in Japanese...
November 10, 2016: Genes and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802546/safety-and-wound-outcomes-following-genetically-corrected-autologous-epidermal-grafts-in-patients-with-recessive-dystrophic-epidermolysis-bullosa
#16
Zurab Siprashvili, Ngon T Nguyen, Emily S Gorell, Kylie Loutit, Phuong Khuu, Louise K Furukawa, H Peter Lorenz, Thomas H Leung, Douglas R Keene, Kerri E Rieger, Paul Khavari, Alfred T Lane, Jean Y Tang, M Peter Marinkovich
Importance: Recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB) is a devastating, often fatal, inherited blistering disorder caused by mutations in the COL7A1 gene encoding type VII collagen. Support and palliation are the only current therapies. Objective: To evaluate the safety and wound outcomes following genetically corrected autologous epidermal grafts in patients with RDEB. Design, Setting, and Participants: Single-center phase 1 clinical trial conducted in the United States of 4 patients with severe RDEB with a measured area of wounds suitable for grafting of at least 100 cm2...
November 1, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797445/tau-imaging-with-18-f-thk-5351-in-progressive-supranuclear-palsy
#17
A Ishiki, R Harada, N Okamura, N Tomita, C C Rowe, V L Villemagne, K Yanai, Y Kudo, H Arai, S Furumoto, M Tashiro, K Furukawa
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Visualization of pathogenic protein aggregates is crucial to elucidate pathomechanisms and to make an accurate diagnosis in many neurodegenerative conditions. Aggregates of the microtubule-binding protein, tau, are one of the most important pathogenic molecules in neurodegenerative disorders. Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is characterized by the deposition of tau proteins in some specific area such as the basal ganglia and brainstem. We tried to detect tau lesions in the brains of living patients with PSP with a novel positron emission tomography (PET) tracer, [(18) F]THK-5351, which we have recently developed...
January 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784886/diabetic-peripheral-neuropathy-and-prevalence-of-erectile-dysfunction-in-japanese-patients-aged-65-years-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-the-dogo-study
#18
S Furukawa, T Sakai, T Niiya, H Miyaoka, T Miyake, S Yamamoto, K Maruyama, T Ueda, H Senba, Y Todo, M Torisu, H Minami, M Onji, T Tanigawa, B Matsuura, Y Hiasa, Y Miyake
Only limited epidemiological evidence exists regarding the relationship between diabetic neuropathy and erectile dysfunction (ED) among Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. To investigate the relationship between diabetic neuropathy and ED among Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, a multicenter cross-sectional study was conducted in 287 male Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, age (19-65 years). Diabetic neuropathy was diagnosed if the patients showed two or more of the following three characteristics: neuropathic symptoms, decreased or disappeared Achilles tendon reflex and/or abnormal vibration perception...
October 27, 2016: International Journal of Impotence Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27773607/identification-of-4-mercapto-4-methylpentan-2-one-as-the-characteristic-aroma-of-sake-made-from-low-glutelin-rice
#19
Sachiko Iizuka-Furukawa, Atsuko Isogai, Kazutaka Kusaka, Tsutomu Fujii, Yoshinori Wakai
The grassy characteristic aroma perceived in brewed sake made from low-glutelin rice (Oryza sativa L. Mizuhonoka) was examined by gas chromatography-olfactometry and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. By comparing the odor properties and Kovats retention indices to those of standard compounds, 4-mercapto-4-methylpentan-2-one (4MMP) was found to contribute to the characteristic aroma. Sake brewing using Mizuhonoka, low-glutelin rice, and Gin-ohmi (a control) revealed that 4MMP concentrations in Mizuhonoka sake samples were higher than those in Gin-ohmi samples over the fermentation period...
February 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27690434/passive-membrane-permeability-in-cyclic-peptomer-scaffolds-is-robust-to-extensive-variation-in-side-chain-functionality-and-backbone-geometry
#20
Akihiro Furukawa, Chad E Townsend, Joshua Schwochert, Cameron R Pye, Maria A Bednarek, R Scott Lokey
Synthetic and natural cyclic peptides provide a testing ground for studying membrane permeability in nontraditional drug scaffolds. Cyclic peptomers, which incorporate peptide and N-alkylglycine (peptoid) residues, combine the stereochemical and geometric complexity of peptides with the functional group diversity accessible to peptoids. We synthesized cyclic peptomer libraries by split-pool techniques, separately permuting side chain and backbone geometry, and analyzed their membrane permeabilities using the parallel artificial membrane permeability assay...
October 27, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
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