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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808689/role-of-ampr-in-the-high-expression-of-the-plasmid-encoded-ampc-%C3%AE-lactamase-cfe-1
#1
Ryuichi Nakano, Akiyo Nakano, Hisakazu Yano, Ryoichi Okamoto
CFE-1 is a unique plasmid-encoded AmpC β-lactamase with the regulator gene ampR. It imparts high resistance to most cephalosporins with constitutive high-level β-lactamase activity. Here, the β-lactamase activities and expression levels of ampC with or without ampR were investigated. Results suggested that the resistance of CFE-1 to cephalosporins is caused by a substitution in AmpR, in which the Asp at position 135 is modified to Ala to allow the constitutive high-level expression (derepression) of ampC...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808627/non-ossifying-fibromas-case-series-including-in-uncommon-upper-extremity-sites
#2
Akio Sakamoto, Ryuzo Arai, Takeshi Okamoto, Shuichi Matsuda
AIM: To investigate non-ossifying fibromas (NOFs) common fibrous bone lesions in children that occur in bones of the lower extremities. METHODS: We analyzed 44 cases of NOF including 47 lesions, which were referred with a working diagnosis of neoplastic lesions. Lesions were located in the upper extremities (1 proximal humerus, 1 distal radius) and the lower extremities (25 distal femurs, 12 proximal and 4 distal tibias, and 4 proximal fibulas). RESULTS: Three cases had NOFs in multiple anatomical locations (femur and fibula in 1 case, femur and tibia in 2 cases)...
July 18, 2017: World Journal of Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808238/rna-seq-using-bulked-recombinant-inbred-line-populations-uncovers-the-importance-of-brassinosteroid-for-seed-longevity-after-priming-treatments
#3
Naoto Sano, June-Sik Kim, Yoshihiko Onda, Takahito Nomura, Keiichi Mochida, Masanori Okamoto, Mitsunori Seo
Seed priming is a commercially used technique for improving seed performance including germination. However, the treatment sometimes reduces seed longevity as a side effect, limiting the storable period or longevity of the seeds. To overcome this problem, molecular mechanisms involved in the loss of seed longevity during priming were analyzed using natural variations of Arabidopsis thaliana. We found that the Est-1 accession retained longevity for longer after priming compared to the reference accession Col-0...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807212/comparison-of-normothermic-and-hypothermic-perfusion-in-porcine-kidneys-donated-after-cardiac-death
#4
Matthew F Blum, Qiang Liu, Basem Soliman, Paul Dreher, Toshihiro Okamoto, Emilio D Poggio, David A Goldfarb, William M Baldwin, Cristiano Quintini
BACKGROUND: Normothermic machine perfusion (NMP) is an alternative strategy for preserving kidneys donated after cardiac death (DCD). The relative efficacy of prolonged NMP compared to hypothermic machine perfusion (HMP) in DCD kidneys with moderate ischemic injury is undetermined. This study compares NMP and HMP kidney preservation in a porcine DCD model. METHODS: Ten porcine kidneys underwent NMP or HMP preservation following 45 minutes of warm ischemia and 5 hours of cold ischemia...
August 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807058/role-of-metabolites-of-cyclophosphamide-in-cardiotoxicity
#5
Koichiro Kurauchi, Takuro Nishikawa, Emiko Miyahara, Yasuhiro Okamoto, Yoshifumi Kawano
BACKGROUND: The dose-limiting toxic effect of cyclophosphamide (CY) is cardiotoxicity. The pathogenesis of myocardial damage is poorly understood, and there is no established means of prevention. In previous studies, we suggested that for CY-induced cardiotoxicity, whereas acrolein is the key toxic metabolite, carboxyethylphosphoramide mustard (CEPM) is protective. We sought to verify that acrolein is the main cause of cardiotoxicity and to investigate whether aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH), which is associated with greater CEPM production, is involved in the protective effect for cardiotoxicity...
August 14, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801659/relationship-between-higher-order-wavefront-aberrations-and-natural-progression-of-myopia-in-schoolchildren
#6
Takahiro Hiraoka, Junko Kotsuka, Tetsuhiko Kakita, Fumiki Okamoto, Tetsuro Oshika
This study investigated the relationship between higher-order aberrations (HOAs) and myopia progression as well as axial elongation in schoolchildren. We examined cycloplegic refraction, axial length, and wavefront aberrations prospectively in 71 myopic children. Changes in cycloplegic refraction and axial length during a 2-year study period were assessed, and their correlations with HOA components were analyzed. Sixty-four subjects ([mean ± SD] 9.2 ± 1.6 years) completed the 2-year examinations. Cycloplegic refraction was significantly changed after 2 years (P < 0...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799896/neurosecretory-protein-gl-stimulates-food-intake-de-novo-lipogenesis-and-onset-of-obesity
#7
Eiko Iwakoshi-Ukena, Kenshiro Shikano, Kunihiro Kondo, Shusuke Taniuchi, Megumi Furumitsu, Yuta Ochi, Tsutomu Sasaki, Shiki Okamoto, George E Bentley, Lance J Kriegsfeld, Yasuhiko Minokoshi, Kazuyoshi Ukena
Mechanisms underlying the central regulation of food intake and fat accumulation are not fully understood. We found that neurosecretory protein GL (NPGL), a newly-identified neuropeptide, increased food intake and white adipose tissue (WAT) in rats. NPGL-precursor gene overexpression in the hypothalamus caused increases in food intake, WAT, body mass, and circulating insulin when fed a high calorie diet. Intracerebroventricular administration of NPGL induced de novo lipogenesis in WAT, increased insulin, and it selectively induced carbohydrate intake...
August 11, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797990/marked-improvement-in-gastric-involvement-in-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease-with-adalimumab-treatment
#8
Akira Sonoda, Ryo Ogawa, Kazuhiro Mizukami, Kensuke Fukuda, Mitsutaka Shuto, Kazuhisa Okamoto, Osamu Matsunari, Tadayoshi Okimoto, Kazunari Murakami
Gastric involvement is the least frequent manifestation of Behçet's disease, and effective treatment for it unknown. Here the case of a patient with gastric involvement in Behçet's disease that was markedly improved with adalimumab therapy is presented. A 68-year-old man developed an oral ulcer, erythema, folliculitis, and arthralgia. Behçet's disease was suspected; then, prednisolone and colchicine were administered. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy showed a punched-out ulcer in the posterior wall of the gastric antrum...
August 9, 2017: Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Journal of Turkish Society of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795653/reliability-of-the-sf-36-in-japanese-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-its-associations-with-disease-activity-and-damage-a-two-consecutive-year-prospective-study
#9
S Baba, Y Katsumata, Y Okamoto, Y Kawaguchi, M Hanaoka, H Kawasumi, H Yamanaka
We aimed to validate the reliability of the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36 (SF-36) among Japanese patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Japanese patients with SLE ( n = 233) completed the SF-36 and other related demographic questionnaires, and physicians simultaneously completed the SLE Disease Activity Index 2000 (SLEDAI-2K) and the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics Damage Index (SDI). Patients were prospectively followed for a repeat assessment the following year. The SF-36 subscales demonstrated acceptable internal consistency (Cronbach's α of 0...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794594/the-predictive-factors-of-%C3%AE-1-d-a-adrenoceptor-antagonist-naftopidil-dose-increase-therapy-for-male-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-caused-by-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-inform-study
#10
Yasushi Tanuma, Yoshinori Tanaka, Ko Takeyama, Tomoshi Okamoto
INTRODUCTION: We evaluated the predictive factors which affect the efficacy of naftopidil 50 mg/day therapy and dose increase therapy to administration of 75 mg/day after an initial dose of 50 mg/day. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 92 patients with male lower urinary tract symptoms/benign prostatic hyperplasia were administrated naftopidil 50 mg/day for 4 weeks (50 mg therapy). At week 4, the patients were divided into an effective and an ineffective group (Group E and Group I, respectively)...
July 2017: Urology Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794405/the-utility-of-diagnostic-laparoscopic-biopsy-for-mesenteric-and-retroperitoneal-lymph-nodes
#11
Masanori Sando, Masaki Terasaki, Yoshichika Okamoto, Kiyoshi Suzumura, Tomonori Tsuchiya
BACKGROUND Ultrasound (US) or computed tomography (CT)-guided biopsy of intra-abdominal lymph nodes is minimally invasive; however, percutaneous procedures are often difficult to perform because of the location and size of the lymph nodes. In many cases, this approach may result in insufficient specimens necessary to evaluate histopathology. In such cases, laparoscopic biopsy is useful to obtain adequate specimens, regardless of the location and size of the lymph nodes. Additionally, laparoscopic biopsy is an approach that can avoid the possible complications associated with a laparotomy...
August 10, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794333/development-of-time-course-oxygen-binding-analysis-for-hemoglobin-based-oxygen-carriers
#12
Yukihiro Okamoto, Shigenori Sugisaki, Keishi Suga, Hiroshi Umakoshi
Developing blood substitutes is in urgent demand for chronic blood shortage all over the world. In this connection, the oxygen binding behavior of hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers (HBOCs) is one of the most important characteristics. However, present methods available for estimating oxygen binding behavior have need of expensive apparatus, and also are not suitable for high-throughput and the time-course analysis. To overcome these problems, we proposed a simple analysis method for the time-course oxygen binding behavior of HBOCs, which employs a general UV-Vis microplate reader and a common reagent, sodium dithionite, as a reductant for HBOCs and an oxygen scavenger...
2017: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794305/current-status-and-promising-future-of-inhalable-formulations
#13
Hirokazu Okamoto
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Nihon Yakurigaku Zasshi. Folia Pharmacologica Japonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791526/water-quality-comparison-of-secondary-effluent-and-reclaimed-water-to-ambient-river-water-of-southern-okinawa-island-via-biological-evaluation
#14
Hiroyuki Mano, Fumihiko Takeda, Tomokazu Kitamura, Seiichiro Okamoto, Yutaka Suzuki, Chang-Beom Park, Nobuhito Yasui, Kentarou Kobayashi, Yuji Tanaka, Naoyuki Yamashita, Mizuhiko Minamiyama
The objective of this work was to evaluate the biological effect of the secondary effluent (SE) of a wastewater treatment plant and reclaimed water treated via ultrafiltration (UF) followed by either reverse osmosis (RO) membrane filtration or nanofiltration (NF) to be used for environmental use by comparing the results of algal growth inhibition tests of concentrated samples of the SE and permeates of RO and NF with those of six rivers in southern Okinawa Island. Although the SE water had no adverse effects on the growth of the algae Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata, it could lead to water quality degradation of rivers in terms of its toxic unit value, whereas the use of RO and NF permeates would not lead to such degradation...
August 8, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791501/skeletal-muscle-mass-to-visceral-fat-area-ratio-is-an-important-determinant-affecting-hepatic-conditions-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#15
Takashi Shida, Kentaro Akiyama, Sechang Oh, Akemi Sawai, Tomonori Isobe, Yoshikazu Okamoto, Kazunori Ishige, Yuji Mizokami, Kenji Yamagata, Kojiro Onizawa, Hironori Tanaka, Hiroko Iijima, Junichi Shoda
BACKGROUND: Not only obesity but also sarcopenia is associated with NAFLD. The influence of altered body composition on the pathophysiology of NAFLD has not been fully elucidated. The aim of this study is to determine whether skeletal muscle mass to visceral fat area ratio (SV ratio) affects NAFLD pathophysiology. METHODS: A total of 472 subjects were enrolled. The association between SV ratio and NAFLD pathophysiological factors was assessed in a cross-sectional nature by stratification analysis...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791425/rab44-a-novel-large-rab-gtpase-negatively-regulates-osteoclast-differentiation-by-modulating-intracellular-calcium-levels-followed-by-nfatc1-activation
#16
Yu Yamaguchi, Eiko Sakai, Kuniaki Okamoto, Hiroshi Kajiya, Koji Okabe, Mariko Naito, Tomoko Kadowaki, Takayuki Tsukuba
Rab44 is an atypical Rab GTPase that contains some additional domains such as the EF-hand and coiled-coil domains as well as Rab-GTPase domain. Although Rab44 genes have been found in mammalian genomes, no studies concerning Rab44 have been reported yet. Here, we identified Rab44 as an upregulated protein during osteoclast differentiation. Knockdown of Rab44 by small interfering RNA promotes RANKL-induced osteoclast differentiation of the murine monocytic cell line, RAW-D or of bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMMs)...
August 8, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790267/-a-case-of-recurrent-colorectal-cancer-with-bilateral-ovarian-metastases-that-were-reduced-with-regorafenib-therapy
#17
Shiro Nakae, Yuya Nogi, Jun Arima, Daiki Okamoto, Naoki Urakawa, Masataka Fujikawa, Hidetoshi Gon, Atsushi Takebe, Makoto Shinzeki, Kenichi Tanaka, Hideto Senzaki
A 63-year-old woman had recurrences of metastatic rectal cancer in the lung, peritoneum, and ovary. Regorafenib was administered at 160mg/day as third-line chemotherapy. The patient developed Grade(Gr)3 hand-foot syndrome(HFS) and Gr 2 rash, but the abdominal distension and pain were relieved by the 1st course. Analgesics could be reduced and regorafenib was administrated at reduced dosage. The patient received keishi-bukuryo-gan(EK-25)and sai-rei-tou(TJ-114) for HFS. At the beginning of therapy, ovarian metastases were not reduced and showed poor contrast enhancement on CT...
July 2017: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783747/comprehensive-investigation-of-cask-mutations-and-other-genetic-etiologies-in-41-patients-with-intellectual-disability-and-microcephaly-with-pontine-and-cerebellar-hypoplasia-micpch
#18
Shin Hayashi, Daniela Tiaki Uehara, Kousuke Tanimoto, Seiji Mizuno, Yasutsugu Chinen, Shinobu Fukumura, Jun-Ichi Takanashi, Hitoshi Osaka, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Johji Inazawa
The CASK gene (Xp11.4) is highly expressed in the mammalian nervous system and plays several roles in neural development and synaptic function. Loss-of-function mutations of CASK are associated with intellectual disability and microcephaly with pontine and cerebellar hypoplasia (MICPCH), especially in females. Here, we present a comprehensive investigation of 41 MICPCH patients, analyzed by mutational search of CASK and screening of candidate genes using an SNP array, targeted resequencing and whole-exome sequencing (WES)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783682/myosin-light-chains-9-and-12-are-functional-ligands-for-cd69-that-regulate-airway-inflammation
#19
Koji Hayashizaki, Motoko Y Kimura, Koji Tokoyoda, Hiroyuki Hosokawa, Kenta Shinoda, Kiyoshi Hirahara, Tomomi Ichikawa, Atsushi Onodera, Asami Hanazawa, Chiaki Iwamura, Jungo Kakuta, Kenzo Muramoto, Shinichiro Motohashi, Damon J Tumes, Tomohisa Iinuma, Heizaburo Yamamoto, Yuzuru Ikehara, Yoshitaka Okamoto, Toshinori Nakayama
Recent decades have witnessed a rapid worldwide increase in chronic inflammatory disorders such as asthma. CD4(+) T helper 2 cells play critical roles in the pathogenesis of allergic airway inflammation, and CD69 expression on activated CD4 T cells is required to induce allergic inflammation in tissues. However, how CD69 mechanistically controls allergic inflammation remains poorly defined. In lymphoid tissues, CD69 regulates cellular retention through inhibition of S1P1 expression and requires no specific ligands to function...
September 16, 2016: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777490/a-novel-genetic-syndrome-with-stard9-mutation-and-abnormal-spindle-morphology
#20
Nobuhiko Okamoto, Yuki Tsuchiya, Fuyuki Miya, Tatsuhiko Tsunoda, Kumiko Yamashita, Keith A Boroevich, Mitsuhiro Kato, Shinji Saitoh, Mami Yamasaki, Yonehiro Kanemura, Kenjiro Kosaki, Daiju Kitagawa
Intellectual disability (ID) is one of neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by serious defects in both intelligence and adaptive behavior. Although it has been suggested that genetic aberrations associated with the process of cell division underlie ID, the cytological evidence for mitotic defects in actual patient's cells is rarely reported. Here, we report a novel mutation in the STARD9 (also known as KIF16A) gene found in a patient with severe ID, characteristic features, epilepsy, acquired microcephaly, and blindness...
August 4, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
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