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Jun Tanno, Yodo Gatate, Takatoshi Kasai, Shintaro Nakano, Takaaki Senbonmatsu, Osamu Sato, Shigeru Ichioka, Makoto Kuro-O, Shigeyuki Nishimura
In peripheral arterial disease (PAD) of the lower extremities, the presence of flow-limiting stenoses can be objectively detected by the ankle-brachial index (ABI). However, the severity of ischemic symptoms is not necessarily associated with the ABI value. Atherosclerotic plaque in lower extremity PAD induces ankle arterial stiffness and reduces ankle vascular resistance, which may decrease ankle blood flow and cause ischemic symptoms. We hypothesized that the ankle hemodynamic index (AHI), defined as the ratio of ankle arterial stiffness to ankle vascular resistance, could be used to assess the blood supply deficiency in a diseased lower limb in patients with PAD...
2016: PloS One
Max Bolun Liu, Thuy Bui Huong, Xuyen Hoang, Lan Doan, Shauna Trinh, Hoa Pham Anh Nguyen, Hai Thanh Le, Ai-Xuan Holterman
BACKGROUND: Biliary atresia is an idiopathic, neonatal liver disease of the bile ducts. The natural evolution of biliary atresia is known in developed countries. This study describes the clinical course of biliary atresia in Vietnam, a developing country. METHODS: Chart reviews were undertaken of patients treated with or without the Kasai procedure between January 2010 and July 2013 at a children's hospital in Vietnam. RESULTS: Of 287 children with biliary atresia, 149 (52%) were treated without the Kasai procedure and 138 (48%) were treated with the Kasai procedure...
October 12, 2016: Surgery
Letícia B Smith, Shinji Kasai, Jeffrey G Scott
Aedes aegypti and A. albopictus mosquitoes are vectors of important human disease viruses, including dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya and Zika. Pyrethroid insecticides are widely used to control adult Aedes mosquitoes, especially during disease outbreaks. Herein, we review the status of pyrethroid resistance in A. aegypti and A. albopictus, mechanisms of resistance, fitness costs associated with resistance alleles and provide suggestions for future research. The widespread use of pyrethroids has given rise to many populations with varying levels of resistance worldwide, albeit with substantial geographical variation...
October 2016: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
Tatsuya Kasai, Yumi Umeda, Makoto Ohnishi, Takashi Mine, Hitomi Kondo, Tetsuya Takeuchi, Michiharu Matsumoto, Shoji Fukushima
BACKGROUND: Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) constitute one of the most promising types of nanomaterials in industry today. With their increasing use, the potential toxicity and carcinogenicity of MWCNT needs to be evaluated in bioassay studies using rodents. Since humans are mainly exposed to MWCNT by inhalation, we performed a 104-week carcinogenicity study using whole-body inhalation exposure chambers with a fibrous straight type of MWCNT at concentrations of 0, 0.02, 0.2, and 2 mg/m(3) using male and female F344 rats...
October 13, 2016: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
Marta Prieto-Vila, Ting Yan, Anna Sanchez Calle, Neha Nair, Laura Hurley, Tomonari Kasai, Hiroki Kakuta, Junko Masuda, Hiroshi Murakami, Akifumi Mizutani, Masaharu Seno
To grow beyond a size of approximately 1-2 mm(3), tumor cells activate many processes to develop blood vasculature. Growing evidences indicate that the formation of the tumor vascular network is very complex, and is not restricted to angiogenesis. Cancer cell-derived tumor vasculatures have been recently described. Among them, endothelial differentiation of tumor cells have been directly related to cancer stem cells, which are cells within a tumor that possess the capacity to self-renew, and to exhibit multipotential heterogeneous lineages of cancer cells...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Toshiaki Sasaki, Masumi Asakura, Chigusa Ishioka, Tatsuya Kasai, Taku Katagiri, Shoji Fukushima
OBJECTIVES: IARC has classified one type of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), MWNT-7, as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B); however, other types of MWCNT were categorized as not classifiable as to their carcinogenicity to humans (Group 3). In vitro chromosomal aberration assays of MWNT-7 showed polyploid formation but not structural abnormalities. This study investigated the influence of the shape and size of MWCNT on in vitro induction of chromosomal aberrations. METHODS: Microscopic analysis and viable cell counting were used to assay for chromosomal aberrations and cytotoxicity induced in a Chinese hamster lung cell line (CHL/IU) exposed to different MWCNTs...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Occupational Health
Eun-Sil Park, Michio Suzuki, Masanobu Kimura, Hiroshi Mizutani, Ryuichi Saito, Nami Kubota, Youko Hasuike, Jungo Okajima, Hidemi Kasai, Yuko Sato, Noriko Nakajima, Keiji Maruyama, Koichi Imaoka, Shigeru Morikawa
BACKGROUND: Feline morbillivirus (FmoPV) is a novel paramyxovirus found to infect domestic cats. FmoPV has been isolated in several countries in Asia and Europe and is considered to have genetic diversity. Also, it is suspected to be associated with feline renal diseases including tubulointerstitial nephritis (TIN), which affects domestic cats with a high incidence rate. RESULTS: To clarify the state of FmoPV infection among domestic cats in Japan, an epidemiological survey was conducted...
October 11, 2016: BMC Veterinary Research
Nicholas L Webb, Ashish Jiwane, Chee Y Ooi, Scott Nightinghale, Susan E Adams, Usha Krishnan
AIM: Biliary atresia (BA) literature has focussed on the relationship between age at Kasai procedure (KP) and post-KP outcomes. This study primarily examines post-KP outcomes including, 6-month normalisation of bilirubin, 5-year native liver survival (NLS), development of portal hypertension (PHT) and incidence of ascending cholangitis at a single tertiary paediatric centre in Australia. The study also evaluated prognostic factors which may influence these aforementioned outcomes. METHODS: Retrospective chart review of all BA cases between 1999 and 2014...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Chika Kasai, Kazushi Sugimoto, Isao Moritani, Junichiro Tanaka, Yumi Oya, Hidekazu Inoue, Masahiko Tameda, Katsuya Shiraki, Masaaki Ito, Yoshiyuki Takei, Kojiro Takase
BACKGROUND: Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection and eradication therapy have been known to influence gastric ghrelin and leptin secretion, which may lead to weight gain. However, the exact relationship between plasma ghrelin/leptin levels and H. pylori infection has remained controversial. The aim of this study was to investigate plasma ghrelin and leptin levels in H. pylori-positive and -negative patients, to compare the two levels of the hormones before and after H. pylori eradication, and to examine the correlation between body mass index (BMI) and active ghrelin or leptin levels, as well as that between atrophic pattern and active ghrelin or leptin levels...
October 4, 2016: BMC Gastroenterology
Hirokazu Konishi, Katsumi Miyauchi, Jun Shitara, Hirohisa Endo, Hideki Wada, Shinichiro Doi, Ryo Naito, Shuta Tsuboi, Manabu Ogita, Tomotaka Dohi, Takatoshi Kasai, Shinya Okazaki, Kikuo Isoda, Satoru Suwa, Hiroyuki Daida
Patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) are at twofold to fourfold higher cardiovascular risk than those without DM. Serum levels of lipoprotein(a) (Lp(a)) can be risk factors for adverse events. However, the clinical implications of Lp(a) in patients with DM who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is unknown. The aim of the study was to determine the role of Lp(a) in patients with DM who underwent PCI. A total of 3,508 patients were treated by PCI from 1997 to 2011 at our institution. Among them, we analyzed consecutive 1,546 patients with DM...
September 13, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Shinya Fujikawa, Shuntaro Ando, Shinji Shimodera, Shinsuke Koike, Satoshi Usami, Rie Toriyama, Sho Kanata, Tsukasa Sasaki, Kiyoto Kasai, Yuji Okazaki, Atsushi Nishida
Although several studies have reported that child physical abuse increased the risk for bullying involvement, the effect of current violence from adult family members (CVA) on bullying involvement and suicidal feelings among adolescents has not been sufficiently examined. This study investigated the association of CVA with adolescent bullying involvement and the interaction effect of CVA and bullying involvement on suicidal feelings. This cross-sectional study used data from a school-based survey with a general population of adolescents (grades 7 to 12)...
2016: PloS One
Yoshitaka Ouchi, Mari Kasai, Kei Nakamura, Masahiro Nakatsuka, Kenichi Meguro
BACKGROUND/AIMS: We investigated quantitative/qualitative changes of instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) in people with a Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR) of 0.5. METHODS: IADLs were evaluated in older residents: CDR of 0 (healthy) and CDR 0.5 (questionable/very mild dementia). The subjects with CDR 0.5 were divided into 2 types: the very mild Alzheimer's disease (vmAD) type and the other type including very mild subcortical vascular dementia. IADLs were evaluated quantitatively using the Lawton and the original qualitative IADL scales...
May 2016: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra
Yoritoshi Kobayashi, Yumi Takahashi, Takashi Seki, Tomohiro Kaneta, Kenichi Amarume, Mari Kasai, Kenichi Meguro
BACKGROUND/AIMS: No previous studies have explored the relationship between physical activity (PA) and executive dysfunction. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated the PA for 590 older participants in the Kurihara Project; 221 participants had a Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR) of 0 (healthy), 295 CDR 0.5 (very mild dementia), and 74 CDR 1+ (dementia). RESULTS: In the complicated task, whether the motor intensity was high (e.g. farming) or low (e...
May 2016: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra
Masataka Kunii, Mica Ohara-Imaizumi, Noriko Takahashi, Masaki Kobayashi, Ryosuke Kawakami, Yasumitsu Kondoh, Takeshi Shimizu, Siro Simizu, Bangzhong Lin, Kazuto Nunomura, Kyota Aoyagi, Mitsuyo Ohno, Masaki Ohmuraya, Takashi Sato, Shin-Ichiro Yoshimura, Ken Sato, Reiko Harada, Yoon-Jeong Kim, Hiroyuki Osada, Tomomi Nemoto, Haruo Kasai, Tadahiro Kitamura, Shinya Nagamatsu, Akihiro Harada
The membrane fusion of secretory granules with plasma membranes is crucial for the exocytosis of hormones and enzymes. Secretion disorders can cause various diseases such as diabetes or pancreatitis. Synaptosomal-associated protein 23 (SNAP23), a soluble N-ethyl-maleimide sensitive fusion protein attachment protein receptor (SNARE) molecule, is essential for secretory granule fusion in several cell lines. However, the in vivo functions of SNAP23 in endocrine and exocrine tissues remain unclear. In this study, we show opposing roles for SNAP23 in secretion in pancreatic exocrine and endocrine cells...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Cell Biology
Yoko Shigeno-Nakazawa, Takuma Kasai, Sewon Ki, Elina Kostyanovskaya, Jana Pawlak, Junya Yamagishi, Noriaki Okimoto, Makoto Taiji, Mariko Okada, Jody Westbrook, Yoko Satta, Takanori Kigawa, Akira Imamoto
CRK and CRKL adapter proteins play essential roles in development and cancer through their SRC homology 2 and 3 (SH2 and SH3) domains. To gain insight into the origin of their shared functions, we have investigated their evolutionary history. We propose a term, crk/crkl ancestral (crka), for orthologs in invertebrates before the divergence of CRK and CRKL in the vertebrate ancestor. We have isolated two orthologs expressed in the choanoflagellate Monosiga brevicollis, a unicellular relative to the metazoans...
September 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hiroki Nakamura, Takafumi Kawano, Katsumi Yoshizawa, Hideaki Nakajima, Kazuto Suda, Hiroyuki Koga, Kazuhiko Nakame, Satoshi Ieiri, Shigeru Takamizawa, Naoto Urushihara, Toshihiro Yanai, Atsuyuki Yamataka
PURPOSE: We present a first report of the long-term follow-up of biliary atresia (BA) patients who became anicteric with the native liver (ANL; total bilirubin <1.5mg/dL) after redo-Kasai. METHODS: Forty-six redo-Kasai cases (1984-2015) were the subjects for this study. ANL ratios were determined using the Kaplan-Meier estimate. RESULTS: BA type was I (n=3), II (n=1), and III (n=42). Mean ages (initial/redo) at Kasai were 60.3/231.9days, respectively...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Masaki Nio, Motoshi Wada, Hideyuki Sasaki, Takuro Kazama, Hiromu Tanaka, Hironori Kudo
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to assess the clinical outcome of patients treated with the current technique of Kasai procedure compared with that of those treated with previous procedures. METHODS: We retrospectively assessed the outcomes of 256 patients with biliary atresia who underwent Kasai portoenterostomy at our hospital between 1972 and 2014. Patients were divided into four groups: group 1 (1972-1981, double Roux-en Y, n=91), group 2 (1982-1991, Suruga II, n=80), group 3 (1992-2000, double-valve Roux-en Y, n=46), and group 4 (2001-2014, total removal of the extrahepatic biliary remnants at hepatic capsule and Roux-en Y reconstruction with a spur valve, n=39)...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Kentaro Morita, Kenichiro Miura, Michiko Fujimoto, Hidenaga Yamamori, Yuka Yasuda, Masao Iwase, Kiyoto Kasai, Ryota Hashimoto
AIM: Studies have shown that eye movement abnormalities are possible neurophysiological biomarkers for schizophrenia. The aim of this study is to investigate the utility of eye movement abnormalities in identifying patients with schizophrenia from healthy controls. METHODS: Eighty-five patients with schizophrenia and 252 healthy controls participated in this study. Eye movement measures were collected from free viewing, fixation stability, and smooth pursuit tests...
September 27, 2016: Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Yoshitaka Wada, Fumihito Kasai, Shinichi Wada
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September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Fumihito Kasai, Yoshitaka Wada, Shinichi Wada
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September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
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