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Hisateru Komatsu, Tomohiro Iguchi, Takaaki Masuda, Hidenari Hirata, Masami Ueda, Shinya Kidogami, Yushi Ogawa, Kuniaki Sato, Qingjiang Hu, Sho Nambara, Tomoko Saito, Shotaro Sakimura, Ryutaro Uchi, Shuhei Ito, Hidetoshi Eguchi, Keishi Sugimachi, Hidetoshi Eguchi, Yuichiro Doki, Masaki Mori, Koshi Mimori
BACKGROUND: The RND1 gene encodes a protein that belongs to the Rho GTPase family, which regulates various cellular functions. Depletion of RND1 expression activates the oncogenic Ras signaling pathway. In this study, we aimed to clarify the clinical significance of RND1 expression in predicting prognosis and to investigate its biological role in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: The association between RND1 expression and clinical outcomes in patients with HCC was analyzed in three independent cohorts: 120 cases resected in our hospital; 370 cases in The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA); and 242 cases in GSE14520...
October 21, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Kazuo Saito, Hitoshi Kihara
STUDY DESIGN: A randomized clinical trial, with patients treated either by new 2-step orthosis or by the figure-eight-type orthosis with the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint extended. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: To report on our new orthosis and to evaluate the treatment efficacy of using a 2-step orthosis for the treatment of a mallet finger of tendinous origin compared with a conventional orthosis. METHODS: Forty-four patients were randomized into the 2-step or conventional orthosis groups...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
Toshifumi Mori, Shinji Saito
Proteins involve motions over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. While the large conformational changes such as folding and functioning are slow and appear to occur in a highly cooperative manner, how the hierarchical dynamics over different timescales play a role during these slow transitions has been of great interest over the decades. Here we study the folding mechanism of the villin headpiece subdomain (HP35) to understand the molecular mechanism behind this prototypical fast-folding protein. The ~ 400 µs molecular dynamics (MD) trajectories obtained by Piana et al...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Ryota Saito, Maiko Hoshi, Akihiro Kato, Chikako Ishikawa, Toshiya Komatsu
A number of (Z)-4-arylmethylene-1H-imidazol-5(4H)-ones, which are related to the fluorescent chromophore of the Aequorea green fluorescent protein (GFP), have been synthesized and evaluated their in vitro inhibitory activity against recombinant human aldose reductase for the first time. The GFP chromophore model 1a, with a p-hydroxy group on the 4-benzylidene and a carboxymethyl group on the N1 position, exhibited strong bioactivity with an IC50 value of 0.36 μM. This efficacy is higher than that of sorbinil, a known highly potent aldose reductase inhibitor...
October 8, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Takashi Hashido, Shigeyoshi Saito
PURPOSE: Neuromelanin is a dark pigment granule present within certain catecholamine neurons of the human brain. Here, we aimed to clarify the relationship between contrast of neuromelanin-sensitive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and MR relaxation times using T1, T2, and T2* mapping of the lower midbrain. METHODS: The subjects were 14 healthy volunteers (11 men and 3 women, mean age 29.9 ± 6.9 years). Neuromelanin-sensitive MRI was acquired using an optimized T1-weighted two-dimensional (2D)-turbo spin-echo sequence...
2016: PloS One
Yoshiya Horimoto, Atsushi Arakawa, Noriko Sasahara, Masahiko Tanabe, Sei Sai, Takanori Himuro, Mitsue Saito
The combination of CD44 and CD24, or aldehyde dehydrogenase 1 (ALDH1) alone, is a widely used cancer stem cell marker in breast cancer. However, no conclusion has yet been reached as to which marker is the best for characterizing cancer stemness. Immunohistochemical evaluation using cancer stem cell markers is clearly less common clinically than in basic experiments and how the expressions of these markers relate to patient outcomes remains controversial. To investigate whether combining these markers might improve the prediction of patient outcomes, we immunohistochemically examined clinical samples...
2016: PloS One
Koichiro Saito, Ichiro Tanabe, Tetsu Tatsuma
Plasmon-induced charge separation (PICS) at the interface between a plasmonic nanoparticle and semiconductor is now widely used for photovoltaics and photocatalysis. Here we take advantage of PICS for site-selective nanoetching of silver nanocubes on TiO2 beyond the diffraction limit. A silver nanocube exhibits two resonance modes localized at the top and bottom of the nanocube (distal and proximal modes, respectively) when it is placed on TiO2. We achieved selective etching at the top and the bottom of the nanocubes by PICS based on the distal and proximal modes, respectively...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Takashi Nakamura, Yuta Chiba, Masahiro Naruse, Kan Saito, Hidemitsu Harada, Satoshi Fukumoto
Tooth crown morphogenesis is tightly regulated by the proliferation and differentiation of dental epithelial cells. Globoside (Gb4), a globo-series glycosphingolipid, is highly expressed during embryogenesis as well as organogenesis, including tooth development. We previously reported that Gb4 is dominantly expressed in the neutral lipid fraction of dental epithelial cells. However, because its functional role in tooth development remains unknown, we investigated the involvement of Gb4 in dental epithelial cell differentiation...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Oral Science
Kaori Yamada-Nomoto, Osamu Yoshino, Ikumi Akiyama, Akemi Ushijima, Yosuke Ono, Tomoko Shima, Akitoshi Nakashima, Shusaku Hayashi, Makoto Kadowaki, Yutaka Osuga, Shigeru Saito
OBJECTIVE: We investigated α-7 nAchR expression in human peritoneal macrophages and examined whether activation of nAchR might be a new therapy for endometriosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Human peritoneal fluid mononuclear cells (PFMC) were stimulated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in the presence of α-7 nAChR agonists. In a murine endometriosis model, α-7 nAChR modulators were administered. RESULTS: Human PFMC expressed α-7 nAChR at the mRNA and protein levels...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
Chikushi Suruda, Shoji Tsuji, Sohsaku Yamanouchi, Takahisa Kimata, Nguyen Thanh Huan, Hiroyuki Kurosawa, Yoshiaki Hirayama, Hiroyasu Tsukaguchi, Akihiko Saito, Kazunari Kaneko
BACKGROUND: The oculocerebrorenal syndrome of Lowe gene (OCRL) is located on chromosome Xq25-26 and encodes an inositol polyphosphate-5-phosphatase (OCRL-1). Mutations in this gene cause Lowe syndrome (LS) or type 2 Dent disease, of which low-molecular-weight (LMW) proteinuria is a characteristic feature. Megalin is considered to play an important role in the development of renal tubular proteinuria. Two forms of megalin are excreted into the urine: full-length megalin (C-megalin) and megalin ectodomain (A-megalin)...
October 20, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Jungo Imanishi, Yasuo Yazawa, Tsuyoshi Saito, Michio Shimizu, Hiroyuki Kawashima, Keisuke Ae, Akihiko Matsumine, Tomoaki Torigoe, Hideshi Sugiura, Susumu Joyama
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October 20, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
Yusaku Sugimura, Katsuharu Saito
The development of arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM) is strongly suppressed under high-phosphate (Pi) conditions. To investigate AM fungal responses during the suppression of AM by high Pi, we performed an RNA-seq analysis of Rhizophagus irregularis colonizing Lotus japonicus roots at different levels of Pi (20, 100, 300, and 500 μM). AM fungal colonization decreased markedly under high-Pi conditions. In total, 163 fungal genes were differentially expressed among the four Pi treatments. Among these genes, a cell cycle-regulatory gene, cyclin-dependent kinase CDK1, and several DNA replication- and mitosis-related genes were repressed under high-Pi conditions...
October 20, 2016: Mycorrhiza
Kosuke Murai, Keiichiro Tateishi, Akio Saito
Barluenga's reagent (IPy2BF4, Py = pyridine) treated with HBF4 efficiently catalyzes the inter- and intramolecular alkyne-carbonyl metathesis of unactivated alkynes with aldehydes or ketones, most of which proceed at room temperature. This work represents the first catalytic application of the Barluenga's reagent.
October 21, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Joji Hagii, Hirofumi Tomita, Norifumi Metoki, Yoshiko Tamai, Shin Saito, Hiroshi Shiroto, Hiroyasu Hitomi, Takaatsu Kamada, Satoshi Seino, Koki Takahashi, Satoko Sasaki, Minoru Yasujima, Ken Okumura
INTRODUCTION: Patients with intracerebral hemorrhage during rivaroxaban treatment have small hematoma and favorable outcomes compared with those with warfarin. We investigated its possible mechanism, focusing on prothrombin fragment 1+2 (F1+2), a marker of thrombin generation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In 65 patients with acute cardioembolic stroke (median 77years), rivaroxaban was initiated at 5days after the onset. Plasma F1+2 level (normal range, 69-229pmol/L), prothrombin time (PT), and rivaroxaban concentration evaluated by anti-Xa activity were serially measured...
October 13, 2016: Thrombosis Research
Kosuke Tsugo, Tomoe Kinoshita, Ko Kadowaki, Go Sugahara, Emiko Saito, Shigehisa Kawakami, Yumi Une
The histopathological, immunohistochemical, and ultrastructural morphologic characteristics of a tumor in the subcutaneous tissue of the chest of a 19-year-old female Japanese macaque were investigated. Consequently, the mass was diagnosed as a malignant mast cell tumor (MCT). Tumors were present in both mammary gland portions of the anterior thorax. Both tumors showed the same histopathological findings. The tumor tissue was defined by the presence of delicate connective tissue, and the tumor cells grew in a cord-like or cobblestone pattern...
October 19, 2016: Primates; Journal of Primatology
Wataru Kikuchi, Motoi Nishimura, Takahisa Kuga, Sachio Tsuchida, Tatsuya Saito, Mamoru Satoh, Kenta Noda, Yoshio Kodera, Takeshi Tomonaga, Fumio Nomura
BACKGROUND: Fibrinogen alpha C chain 5.9 kDa fragment (FIC5.9) is a new serum biomarker for chronic hepatitis that was discovered by proteomics analysis. Previous studies have shown that FIC5.9 is derived from the C-terminal region of fibrinogen alpha chain and the serum levels of FIC5.9 decrease in chronic hepatitis. It also have been reported that FIC5.9 cannot be detected in the blood stream of the systemic circulation and it is released from fibrinogen during blood clotting in collecting tube...
2016: Clinical Proteomics
Sentaro Imamura, Shintaro Narita, Ryuta Nishikomori, Hiroshi Tsuruta, Kazuyuki Numakura, Atsushi Maeno, Mitsuru Saito, Takamitsu Inoue, Norihiko Tsuchiya, Hiroshi Nanjo, Toshio Heike, Shigeru Satoh, Tomonori Habuchi
BACKGROUND: Secondary bladder amyloidosis is an extremely rare disease, resulting from a chronic systematic inflammatory disorder associated with amyloid deposits. Although uncommon in Japan, familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is a hereditary autoinflammatory disease characterized by recurrent episodes of fever of short duration and serositis and is frequently associated with systemic amyloidosis. Here, we present a case of a Japanese patient complaining of fever and macroscopic hematuria after a living donor renal transplantation...
October 19, 2016: BMC Research Notes
Shogo Okumura, Shu-Wei Tang, Teruhiko Saito, Kazuhiko Semba, Shigeyoshi Sakaki, Yoshiaki Nakao
We report a method that ensures the selective alkylation of benzamides and aromatic ketones at the para-position via cooperative nickel/aluminum catalysis. Using a bulky catalyst/co-catalyst system allows reactions between benzamides with alkenes to afford the corresponding para-alkylated products. The origin of the high para-selectivity has also been investigated by density functional theory calculations.
October 19, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Naoyuki Kuse, Shinji Abe, Hiroki Hayashi, Koichiro Kamio, Yoshinobu Saito, Jiro Usuki, Arata Azuma, Shoji Kudoh, Akihiko Gemma
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: There is growing evidence for anti-inflammatory activities of macrolides in chronic respiratory diseases, such as diffuse panbronchiolitis, cystic fibrosis, or chronic bronchitis. The long-term effect of macrolides in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is unknown. This study was aimed to investigate the effect of macrolide therapy on the frequency of acute exacerbation (AE) and the mortality in IPF. METHODS: A total 52 IPF patients who were treated by combination of conventional agents with or without macrolides were retrospectively reviewed...
October 7, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
Masaharu Tsubokura, Shuhei Nomura, Hajime Watanobe, Yoshitaka Nishikawa, Chiaki Suzuki, Sae Ochi, Claire Leppold, Hirokatsu Kinoshita, Shigeaki Kato, Yasutoshi Saito
Background Iodine deficiency is an important modifier of the risk of thyroid cancer following irradiation; however, little information is available on a prevalence of iodine deficiency in Fukushima and its surroundings after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident that occurred in March, 2011. Methods To assess urinary iodine concentrations (UIC) and a prevalence of iodine deficiency and to elucidate any associations between demographic characteristics and UIC levels among children and adolescents aged 18 or younger at the time of the accident in Fukushima Prefecture and its surroundings, we evaluated the data on voluntary UIC testing conducted by Hirata Central Hospital, Fukushima...
October 19, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
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