In the past Yuki Ikeda has collaborated on articles with Tetsuo Tomi and Hiroshi Tsubamoto. One of their most recent publications is Energy and electron transfer in the photosynthetic reaction center complex of Acidiphilium rubrum containing Zn-bacteriochlorophyll a studied by femtosecond up-conversion spectroscopy. Which was published in journal Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics.

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Energy and electron transfer in the photosynthetic reaction center complex of Acidiphilium rubrum containing Zn-bacteriochlorophyll a studied by femtosecond up-conversion spectroscopy

AbstractA photosynthetic reaction center (RC) complex was isolated from a purple bacterium, Acidiphilium rubrum. The RC contains bacteriochlorophyll a containing Zn as a central metal (Zn-BChl a) and bacteriopheophytin a (BPhe a) but no Mg-BChl a. The absorption peaks of the Zn-BChl a dimer (PZn), the accessory Zn-BChl a (BZn), and BPhe a (H) at 4 K in the RC showed peaks at 875, 792, and 753 nm, respectively. These peaks were shorter than the corresponding peaks in Rhodobacter sphaeroides RC that has Mg-BChl a. The kinetics of fluorescence from PZn*, measured by fluorescence up-conversion, showed the rise and the major decay with time constants of 0.16 and 3.3 ps, respectively. The former represents the energy transfer from BZn* to PZn, and the latter, the electron transfer from PZn to H. The angle between the transition dipoles of BZn and PZn was estimated to be 36° based on the fluorescence anisotropy. The time constants and the angle are almost equal to those in the Rb. sphaeroides RC. The high efficiency of A. rubrum RC seems to be enabled by the chemical property of Zn-BChl a and by the L168HE modification of the RC protein that modifies PZn.

Phase II trial on neoadjuvant intravenous and trans-uterine arterial chemotherapy for locally advanced bulky cervical adenocarcinoma☆

AbstractObjectiveA phase II trial on neoadjuvant trans-uterine arterial chemotherapy (TUAC) followed by type III radical hysterectomy (RH) was conducted for patients with bulky cervical adenocarcinoma (AC).MethodsTumors of > 4 cm were eligible. The neoadjuvant regimen comprised paclitaxel (60 mg/m2 intravenously on days 1, 8, and 15) and cisplatin (70 mg/m2 TUAC followed by transcatheter embolization with gelatin sponge particles on day 2) repeated every 3 weeks for 3 cycles. The primary endpoints were clinical and pathological responses.ResultsTwenty-two patients (median age, 51 years; range, 33–75 years) were enrolled. The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics stages were IB2 (9 patients), IIA–IIB (8), IIIB (3), and IVA (2). The adeno/adenosquamous ratio was 16/6. The overall clinical response rate was 95.4% (95% confidence interval [CI], 86.7–100%). RH was completed in 19 patients (86%), including 2 stage IVA patients who underwent anterior or posterior pelvic exenteration. Of the 19 patients, no residual malignant cells were found pathologically in 4; thus, the pathological complete response rate was 18% (4/22). No patients experienced grade 4 thrombocytopenia or febrile neutropenia or required platelet transfusions. The 5-year progression-free survival and overall survival rates in stages IB2–IIB were 70.0% (95%CI, 48.1–92.1%) and 69.5% (95%CI, 47.0–92.0%), respectively. The 2 patients with stage IVA tumors were alive without recurrence for 72 and 84 months after enrollment.ConclusionsTUAC showed high clinical and pathological response rates. TUAC is promising for stage IB2–IIB and IVA bulky AC.

Prognostic impact of intestinal wall thickening in hospitalized patients with heart failure

AbstractBackgroundIntestine-cardiovascular relationship has been increasingly recognized as a key factor in patients with heart disease. We aimed to identify the relationships among intestinal wall edema, cardiac function, and adverse clinical events in hospitalized heart failure (HF) patients.Methods and resultsAbdominal computed tomographic images of 168 hospitalized HF patients were retrospectively investigated for identification of average colon wall thickness (CWT) from the ascending to sigmoid colon. Relationships between average CWT and echocardiographic parameters, blood sampling data, and primary outcomes including readmission for deteriorated HF and all-cause mortality were evaluated. Among the echocardiographic parameters, lower left ventricular diastolic function was correlated with higher average CWT. In multivariate analysis, higher logarithmic C-reactive protein level, lower estimated glomerular filtration rate, lower peripheral blood lymphocyte count, higher E/E′ ratio, and extremely higher/lower defecation frequency were independently correlated with higher average CWT. Multivariate Cox-hazard analysis demonstrated that higher average CWT was independently related to higher incidence of primary outcomes.ConclusionIn hospitalized HF patients, increased CWT was associated with lower cardiac performance, and predicted poorer long-term clinical outcomes.

Case ReportA one-sheath inverse method in vascular access intervention therapy for hemodialysis patients

Highlights•We describe a one-sheath inverse method in vascular access intervention therapy (VAIVT) for hemodialysis patients.•It allows VAIVT to be performed using one sheath with one approach site in cases in which lesions are present on the upstream and downstream sides.•Because vascular access location is usually superficial, the technique can be utilized with relative ease.

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