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Arun Mitra
Despite ongoing tensions in various parts of the world, the year 2017 ended on a positive note. The Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was passed by the UN General Assembly on July 7, 2017, which will always be a red-letter day in history. It has raised many hopes for a future world without nuclear weapons and staved off the impending humanitarian catastrophe. Good health is a basic need of every individual. Therefore, each person yearns for a life free of violence and free of man-made catastrophes like the ones at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, which killed over two hundred thousand people and resulted in genetic mutations affecting generations thereafter...
March 7, 2018: Indian Journal of Medical Ethics
Jesse D Sengillo, Winston Lee, Takayuki Nagasaki, Kaspar Schuerch, Lawrence A Yannuzzi, K Bailey Freund, Janet Sparrow, Rando Allikmets, Stephen H Tsang
PURPOSE: Mutations in the eyes shut homolog (EYS) gene are a frequent cause of autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa (arRP). This study used multi-modal retinal imaging to elucidate genotype-phenotype relationships in EYS-related RP (EYS-RP). DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHOD: Multimodal retinal imaging and electrophysiologic testing was assessed for 16 patients with genetic confirmation of EYS-RP. RESULTS: A total of 27 unique EYS variants were identified in 16 patients...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology
Hirofumi Chiba, Yoichi Kakuta, Yoshitaka Kinouchi, Yosuke Kawai, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Munenori Nagao, Takeo Naito, Motoyuki Onodera, Rintaro Moroi, Masatake Kuroha, Yoshitake Kanazawa, Tomoya Kimura, Hisashi Shiga, Katsuya Endo, Kenichi Negoro, Masao Nagasaki, Michiaki Unno, Tooru Shimosegawa
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has an unknown etiology; however, accumulating evidence suggests that IBD is a multifactorial disease influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The influence of genetic variants on DNA methylation in cis and cis effects on expression have been demonstrated. We hypothesized that IBD susceptibility single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) regulate susceptibility gene expressions in cis by regulating DNA methylation around SNPs...
2018: PloS One
Yutaka Ikeda, Yukio Nagasaki
Oxidative stress caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS) occurs as events in which living tissues contact certain materials. These events include cell cultures and implantation of materials. Because of the high reactivity of ROS, they damage cells by oxidizing DNA, lipids, and proteins. Conversely, ROS also act as signaling molecules regulating cellular morphology. In particular, mitochondrial ROS are involved in the regulation of cellular physiology, including differentiation, autophagy, metabolic adaptation, apoptosis, and immunity...
March 16, 2018: Biomedical Materials
Saku T Kijima, Christopher J Staiger, Kaoru Katoh, Akira Nagasaki, Kohji Ito, Taro Q P Uyeda
Flowering plants express multiple actin isoforms. Previous studies suggest that individual actin isoforms have specific functions; however, the subcellular localization of actin isoforms in plant cells remains obscure. Here, we transiently expressed and observed major Arabidopsis vegetative actin isoforms, AtACT2 and AtACT7, as fluorescent-fusion proteins. By optimizing the linker sequence between fluorescent protein and actin, we succeeded in observing filaments that contained these expressed actin isoforms fused with green fluorescent protein (GFP) in Arabidopsis protoplasts...
March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Shu Shimada, Yoshimitsu Akiyama, Kaoru Mogushi, Mari Ishigami-Yuasa, Hiroyuki Kagechika, Hiromi Nagasaki, Hiroshi Fukamachi, Yasuhito Yuasa, Shinji Tanaka
BACKGROUND: Diffuse-type gastric cancer (DGC) exhibits rapid disease progression and poor patient prognosis. We have previously established an E-cadherin/p53 double conditional knockout (DCKO) mouse line as the first genetically engineered one, which morphologically and molecularly recapitulates human DGC. In this study, we explored low-molecular-weight drugs selectively eliminating mouse and human DGC cells. METHODS: We derived mouse gastric cancer (GC) cell lines from DGC of the DCKO mice demonstrating enhanced tumourigenic activity in immunodeficient mice and acquired tolerance to cytotoxic anti-cancer agents...
March 12, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
Takuo Kubota, Hirofumi Nakayama, Taichi Kitaoka, Yosikazu Nakamura, Seiji Fukumoto, Ikuma Fujiwara, Yukihiro Hasegawa, Kenji Ihara, Sachiko Kitanaka, Satomi Koyama, Satoshi Kusuda, Haruo Mizuno, Keisuke Nagasaki, Koji Oba, Yuko Sakamoto, Noriyuki Takubo, Toshiaki Shimizu, Yusuke Tanahashi, Kosei Hasegawa, Hirokazu Tsukahara, Tohru Yorifuji, Toshimi Michigami, Keiichi Ozono
There is concern that vitamin D deficiency is prevalent among children in Japan as well as worldwide. We conducted a nationwide epidemiologic survey of symptomatic vitamin D deficiency to observe its incidence rate among Japanese children. A questionnaire inquiring the number of new patients with vitamin D deficiency rickets and/or hypocalcemia for 3 years was sent to 855 randomly selected hospitals with a pediatrics department in Japan. In this survey, we found that 250 children were diagnosed with symptomatic vitamin D deficiency...
March 10, 2018: Endocrine Journal
Jing Song, Masaki Nagae, Kiyoshi Soyano
Field surveys of the impact of environmental estrogen (EE) pollution in aquatic wildlife have been conducted using vitellogenin (VTG) as a biomarker to evaluate the influence of EE. However, a standard baseline of VTG level that can be used to evaluate EE pollution has not been fully determined. To the best of our knowledge, the present study is the first to determine the standard baseline VTG level for evaluating the biological effects of EE pollution using the Japanese common goby (Acanthogobius flavimanus) as the target model fish...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
Mayumi Takano, Masahiko Nakata, Ayako Oji, Sumito Nagasaki, Nahomi Umemura, Toshimitsu Maemura, Mineto Morita
AIM: This study was aimed to determine reference ranges for fetal cerebellar hemisphere biometry, including the transverse cerebellar diameter (TCD), anteroposterior cerebellar diameter (APCD) and APCD/TCD ratio in normal fetuses. In addition, we investigated which parameter would be useful for cerebellar hypoplasia in trisomy 18. METHODS: This retrospective study included 340 normal singleton pregnancies and 15 cases of trisomy 18, in all of which fetal cerebellar biometry was performed between 14 and 40 weeks of gestational age (GA)...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Makiko Yamashita, Rieko Komatsu, Yuko Maruyama, Tomoyuki Takaki, Hiroshi Ichinose, Osamu Sasaki, Kenji Sawase, Takashi Harada, Satoshi Funakoshi
OBJECTIVE: The hemodialysis (HD) diet, which is a high-calorie and high-fat regimen, may inadvertently lead to an inadequate dietary intake, resulting in undernutrition among elderly HD patients. Therefore, an attempt was made to improve the dietary intake by implementing a modified diet regimen in eligible elderly HD patients. SUBJECTS: Elderly HD patients who had ingested < 50% of the meals provided and were diagnosed with undernutrition among all elderly patients institutionalized at the special elderly nursing home annexed to Nagasaki Kidney Hospital between June and November 2012...
2018: Nihon Ronen Igakkai Zasshi. Japanese Journal of Geriatrics
Hiromichi Yamane, Toshiyuki Kunisada, Toshifumi Ozaki, Nobuaki Ochi, Yoshihiro Honda, Yasunari Nagasaki, Nozomu Nakagawa, Tomoko Yamagishi, Hidekazu Nakanishi, Nagio Takigawa
Purpose: "Rare cancer" is defined as malignancy with a disease prevalence (age-adjusted incidence rate) of less than six per 100,000 population. Proper treatments which these patients need cannot always be performed unless they find dedicated facilities. Patients tend to be desperate, searching for advice and care. Thus, they are called "cancer refugees". Osteosarcoma and soft tissue sarcoma (OS/STS) are representative rare cancers in Japan. We conducted a retrospective analysis of patients with OS/STS to improve the current treatment modalities in a Japanese regional city...
2018: Cancer Management and Research
Nozomu Nakagawa, Nobuaki Ochi, Hiromichi Yamane, Yoshihiro Honda, Yasunari Nagasaki, Noriyo Urata, Hidekazu Nakanishi, Hirofumi Kawamoto, Nagio Takigawa
A 74-year-old man was treated with ceftriaxone for 5 days and subsequently experienced epigastric pain. Computed tomography (CT) was performed 7 and 3 days before epigastralgia. Although the first CT image revealed no radiographic signs in his biliary system, the second CT image revealed dense radiopaque material in the gallbladder lumen. The third CT image, taken at symptom onset, showed high density in the common bile duct and enlargement of the pancreatic head. This is a very rare case of pseudolithiasis involving the common bile duct, as captured on a series of CT images...
February 2018: Radiology Case Reports
Koichiro Ogawa, Hidetaka Suga, Chikafumi Ozone, Mayu Sakakibara, Tomiko Yamada, Mayuko Kano, Kazuki Mitsumoto, Takatoshi Kasai, Yu Kodani, Hiroshi Nagasaki, Naoki Yamamoto, Daisuke Hagiwara, Motomitsu Goto, Ryoichi Banno, Yoshihisa Sugimura, Hiroshi Arima
Arginine-vasopressin (AVP) neurons exist in the hypothalamus, a major region of the diencephalon, and play an essential role in water balance. Here, we established the differentiation method for AVP-secreting neurons from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) by recapitulating in vitro the in vivo embryonic developmental processes of AVP neurons. At first, the differentiation efficiency was improved. That was achieved through the optimization of the culture condition for obtaining dorsal hypothalamic progenitors...
February 26, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yutaka Ikeda, Kazuhiro Shoji, Chitho P Feliciano, Shinji Saito, Yukio Nagasaki
Acute inflammatory conditions such as sepsis lead to fatal conditions, including multiple organ failure. Several treatments such as steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are currently being investigated in order to decrease the blood cytokine level, which increases remarkably. However, any of these therapeutic treatments are not always reliable and effective; none have drastically improved survival rates, and some have mostly ended with failure. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are signaling molecules responsible for the production of cytokines and chemokines that can mediate hyperactivation of the immune response called cytokine storm...
February 20, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Tomohiro Ishii, Masanori Adachi, Kei Takasawa, Satoshi Okada, Hotaka Kamasaki, Takuo Kubota, Hironori Kobayashi, Hirotake Sawada, Keisuke Nagasaki, Chikahiko Numakura, Shohei Harada, Kanshi Minamitani, Shigetaka Sugihara, Toshihiro Tajima
BACKGROUND/AIMS: We aimed to evaluate the incidence and characteristics of adrenal crisis in Japanese children with 21-hydroxylase deficiency (21-OHD). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective nationwide survey for the councilors of the Japanese Society for Pediatric Endocrinology (JSPE) regarding adrenal crisis in children under 7 years with 21-OHD, admitted to hospitals from 2011 through 2016. We defined adrenal crisis as the acute impairment of general health due to glucocorticoid deficiency with at least two of symptoms, signs, or biochemical abnormalities...
February 16, 2018: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
Bertrand Jordan
After the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, long-term epidemiological studies were undertaken on the irradiated survivors and their offspring, and are still underway. These thorough studies involving tens of thousands of persons and published in hundreds of papers have shown a moderate increase in cancer incidence for irradiated survivors, with limited impact on their life span (loss of one year at most). In studies on the offspring of these survivors, no statistically significant deleterious effect on malformation frequency, incidence of mutations or mortality from cancer and other diseases has been seen so far...
February 2018: Médecine Sciences: M/S
Keisuke Nagasaki, Yoshihisa Inoue, Tadashi Mori
Precisely stereocontrolling photocycloaddition is still a significant challenge, due to mechanistic complexity and highly reactive and short-lived nature of intermediates. Attempts have hitherto been made through structural modifications, mostly by introducing steric conflicts, to increase difference in enthalpic barrier. Here, we show that entropy plays a crucial role in manipulating diastereoselectivity of Paternò-Büchi reaction. A remote meta-alkylation of donor caused nominal changes in photophysical properties as well as exciplexes derived therefrom...
February 14, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Toshiki Nagasaki, Yuki Nagata, Yosuke Wakita, Shinsuke Yamada, Hitoshi Goto, Yasuo Imanishi, Naoyoshi Onoda, Masanori Emoto, Masaaki Inaba
PURPOSE: Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) is highly prevalent in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The aim is to determine their relation, focusing on matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3), a marker predicting joint destruction and RA activity. METHODS: Fifty three consecutive RA patients were prospectively separated into two groups on the basis of the presence or absence of HT; those with and without TPO-Ab or Tg-Ab (34.0% and 66.0%, respectively). To estimate the extent of inflammation and destruction of the thyroid gland, heterogeneity index (HI) was determined ultrasonographically...
February 13, 2018: Minerva Endocrinologica
Masaki Kunizaki, Tetsuro Tominaga, Kouki Wakata, Takuro Miyazaki, Keitaro Matsumoto, Yorihisa Sumida, Shigekazu Hidaka, Takuya Yamasaki, Toru Yasutake, Terumitu Sawai, Ryuji Hamamoto, Atsushi Nanashima, Takeshi Nagayasu
The aim of the present study was to investigate the prognostic value of the C-reactive protein-to-albumin ratio (CAR) and compare it with other inflammation-based prognostic scores (Glasgow prognostic score, modified Glasgow prognostic score, neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio, platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio, prognostic nutritional index and prognostic index) in patients with esophageal squamous cell cancer (ESCC). A database of 116 patients with primary ESCC who underwent treatment at the Division of Surgical Oncology at Nagasaki University Hospital between January 2007 and August 2014 was retrospectively reviewed and the correlations between CAR and overall survival (OS) were investigated...
February 2018: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Mutsumi Miyauchi, Min Ao, Hisako Furusho, Chanbora Chea, Atsuhiro Nagasaki, Shinnichi Sakamoto, Toshinori Ando, Toshihiro Inubushi, Katsuyuki Kozai, Takashi Takata
Dental infection is risk for preterm birth (PTB) through unclear mechanisms. We established a dental infection-induced PTB mouse model, in which Porphyromonas gingivalis (P.g.) induced PTB by 2 days. We analysed pathogenic factors contributing to PTB and their effects on trophoblasts in vitro. TNF-α, IL-8, and COX-2 were upregulated in P.g.-infected placenta. Galectin-3 (Gal-3), an immune regulator, was significantly upregulated in placenta, amniotic fluid, and serum. In vitro, P.g.-lipopolysaccharide (P.g...
February 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
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