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Tomoyasu Marui, Youta Torii, Shuji Iritani, Hirotaka Sekiguchi, Chikako Habuchi, Hiroshige Fujishiro, Kenichi Oshima, Kazuhiro Niizato, Shotaro Hayashida, Katsuhisa Masaki, Junichi Kira, Norio Ozaki
OBJECTIVE: Recent studies based on the neuroimaging analysis, genomic analysis and transcriptome analysis of the postmortem brain suggest that the pathogenesis of schizophrenia is related to myelin-oligodendrocyte abnormalities. However, no serious neuropathological investigation of this protein in the schizophrenic brain has yet been performed. In this study, to confirm the change in neuropathological findings due to the pathogenesis of this disease, we observed the expression of myelin-oligodendrocyte directly in the brain tissue of schizophrenia patients...
March 22, 2018: Acta Neuropsychiatrica
Wei Ji, Xue Zhang, Jianzhang Zhao, Ye Gao, Wei Song, Yukihiro Ozaki
A simple and ultrasensitive surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) assay for heparin detection has been demonstrated based on an in situ hot spot assembly method using N,N'-bis[3,3'-(trimethylammonium)propylamine]-3,4,9,10-perylenediimide (bis-quaternized perylene dye, abbreviated as BQPER). In this assay, a BQPER probe with two positive charges is employed as both Raman reporter and electrostatic bridge to cause the aggregation of citrate-capped Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs), resulting in a strong SERS signal due to the formation of numerous hot spots in the gaps of the aggregates...
March 21, 2018: Analyst
Mika Ishigaki, Paralee Puangchit, Yui Yasui, Akane Ishida, Hiroki Hayashi, Yoshihiko Nakayama, Hideya Taniguchi, Ichiro Ishimaru, Yukihiro Ozaki
In the present study, we successfully obtained non-staining blood flow images of a developing fish egg embryo using optical interference caused by the Doppler shift. The spectral distribution of light reflected by moving objects such as the heart and red cells was found to be different from that of the incident light because of the Doppler effect. Interference between different frequency components was observed in an interferogram through heterodyne interaction using an imaging-type two-dimensional Fourier spectroscopic system, and information on the intensities of the spectral components was obtained by Fourier transformation...
March 21, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Toshinori Ozaki, Meng Yu, Danjing Yin, Dan Sun, Yuyan Zhu, Youquan Bu, Meixiang Sang
BACKGROUND: Despite the remarkable advances in the early diagnosis and treatment, overall 5-year survival rate of patients with pancreatic cancer is less than 10%. Gemcitabine (GEM), a cytidine nucleoside analogue and ribonucleotide reductase inhibitor, is a primary option for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer; however, its clinical efficacy is extremely limited. This unfavorable clinical outcome of pancreatic cancer patients is at least in part attributable to their poor response to anti-cancer drugs such as GEM...
March 20, 2018: BMC Cancer
Takuto Suito, Kohjiro Nagao, Masataka Hatano, Kenichi Kohashi, Aiko Tanabe, Hiromichi Ozaki, Jun Kawamoto, Tatsuo Kurihara, Tetsuo Mioka, Kazuma Tanaka, Yuji Hara, Masato Umeda
It is commonly observed that freshwater fish contain lower amounts of omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs), such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, C20:5n-3) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, C22:6n-3), than marine fish species. In this study, we performed a detailed comparative analysis of phospholipids (PLs) and triacylglycerols (TAGs) from Gymnogobius isaza, a freshwater goby endemic to Lake Biwa inhabiting the lake bottom, and Gymnogobius urotaenia, a related goby that inhabits the shore of Lake Biwa...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Biochemistry
Ryunosuke Ohkawa, Makoto Kurano, Noboru Sakai, Tatsuya Kishimoto, Takahiro Nojiri, Koji Igarashi, Shigemi Hosogaya, Yukio Ozaki, Tomotaka Dohi, Katsumi Miyauchi, Hiroyuki Daida, Junken Aoki, Shigeo Okubo, Hitoshi Ikeda, Minoru Tozuka, Yutaka Yatomi
Blood choline has been proposed as a predictor of acute coronary syndrome (ACS), however different testing procedures might affect the choline concentration because the lysophospholipase D activity of autotaxin (ATX) can convert lysophosphatidylcholine to lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) and choline in human blood. Although the influences of ATX on LPA levels are well known in vivo and in vitro, those on choline have not been elucidated. Therefore, we established suitable sampling conditions and evaluated the usefulness of plasma choline concentrations as a biomarker for ACS...
March 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Kanta Sunami, Koki Imamura, Tomohiro Ouchi, Hiroyuki Yoshida, Masanori Ozaki
Recent studies on topological defects in conventional and active nematic liquid crystals have revealed their potential as sources of advanced functionality whereby the collective behavior of the constituent molecules or cells is controlled. On the other hand, the fact that they have high energies and are metastable makes their shape control a nontrivial issue. Here, we demonstrate stabilization of arbitrary-shaped closed disclination loops with 1/2 strength floating in the bulk by designing the twist angle distribution in a liquid crystal cell...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
Shuji Matsushita, Michiharu Nakano, Yoshiteru Aoi, Tomonori Kindaichi, Noriatsu Ozaki, Akiyoshi Ohashi
Pseudomonas resinovorans strain MO-1, which possesses a high ability to oxidize Mn(II), has been isolated from oligotrophic pond sediment. The draft genome sequence consists of 6,252,942 bp and has a G+C content of 63.4%. Strain MO-1 has 5,694 coding sequences, including 13 putative Mn(II) oxidation genes.
March 15, 2018: Genome Announcements
N Kaji, S Nakayama, K Horiguchi, S Iino, H Ozaki, M Hori
BACKGROUND: Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) serve as intestinal pacemakers. Postoperative ileus (POI) is a gastrointestinal motility disorder that occurs following abdominal surgery, which is caused by inflammation-induced dysfunction of smooth muscles and enteric neurons. However, the participation of ICC in POI is not well understood. In this study, we investigated the functional changes of ICC in a mouse model of POI. METHODS: Intestinal manipulation (IM) was performed to induce POI...
March 15, 2018: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Krzysztof B Beć, Yusuke Morisawa, Kenta Kobashi, Justyna Grabska, Ichiro Tanabe, Erika Tanimura, Harumi Sato, Marek J Wójcik, Yukihiro Ozaki
We investigated the surface (<50 nm) of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) and its nanocomposite with graphene by attenuated total reflection far- and deep-ultraviolet (ATR-FUV-DUV; 145-300 nm; 8.55-4.13 eV) spectroscopy and quantum mechanical calculations. The major absorption of polymers occurs in FUV and is related to Rydberg transitions. ATR-FUV-DUV spectroscopy allows for direct measurements of these transitions in the solid phase. Using ATR-FUV-DUV spectroscopy, periodic density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT), we explained the origins of the FUV-DUV absorption of PHB and provided insights into structural changes of PHB which occur upon formation of a graphene nanocomposite and upon heating of the pure polymer...
March 15, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Roseanne O Yeung, Jing-Heng Cai, Yuying Zhang, Andrea O Luk, Jun-Hao Pan, Junmei Yin, Risa Ozaki, Alice P S Kong, Ronald Ma, Wing-Yee So, Chiu Chi Tsang, K P Lau, Edwin Fisher, Williams Goggins, Brian Oldenburg, Julianna Chan
Background: In a randomized controlled trial of 628 Chinese patients with type 2 diabetes receiving multidisciplinary care in the Joint Asia Diabetes Evaluation (JADE) Progam, 372 were randomized to receive additional telephone-based peer support (Peer Empowerment And Remote communication Linked by information technology, PEARL) intervention. After 12 months, all-cause hospitalization was reduced by half in the PEARL group especially in those with high Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS) scores...
2018: Clinical Diabetes and Endocrinology
Tomohiro Morita, Shuhei Nomura, Tomoyuki Furutani, Claire Leppold, Masaharu Tsubokura, Akihiko Ozaki, Sae Ochi, Masahiro Kami, Shigeaki Kato, Tomoyoshi Oikawa
INTRODUCTION: Demographic changes as a result of evacuation in the acute phase of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster are not well evaluated. We estimated post-disaster demographic transitions in Minamisoma City-located 14-38 km north of the nuclear plant-in the first month of the disaster; and identified demographic factors associated with the population remaining in the affected areas. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We extracted data from the evacuation behavior survey administered to participants in the city between July 11, 2011 and April 30, 2013...
2018: PloS One
Tsukuru Ohwaki, Taisuke Ozaki, Yukihiro Okuno, Tamio Ikeshoji, Hideto Imai, Minoru Otani
We report the result of a large-scale first-principles molecular dynamics simulation under different electric biases performed to understand the charge transfer process coupling with lithium deposition and desolvation processes. We applied the effective screening medium (ESM) method to control the bias across the electrode/solution interface, and simulated a series of Li de-solvation and Li-deposition reactions occurring under the bias. Solvated Li+ in the bulk propylene carbonate migrates to the Si electrode surface and gradually de-solvates through the transition state...
March 14, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Hiroshige Fujishiro, Masato Okuda, Kunihiro Iwamoto, Seiko Miyata, Youta Torii, Shuji Iritani, Norio Ozaki
AIMS: REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) and psychiatric symptoms often antedate the clinical diagnosis of Parkinson's disease / dementia with Lewy bodies. The purpose of this study is to investigate RBD and its relevance to Lewy body disease (LBD) in patients with late-onset psychiatric disorders. METHODS: Study subjects included 19 patients with late-onset psychiatric disorders who exhibited REM sleep without atonia (RWA), which is a hallmark of RBD on polysomnography, at our psychiatric ward...
March 14, 2018: Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Taro Funakoshi, Takahiro Horimatsu, Michio Nakamura, Koichi Shiroshita, Koichi Suyama, Masashi Mukoyama, Takuro Mizukami, Tsutomu Sakurada, Eishi Baba, Kazuhiko Tsuruya, Akira Nozaki, Kensei Yahata, Yukinori Ozaki, Yoshifumi Ubara, Hisateru Yasui, Akihiro Yoshimoto, Shingo Fukuma, Naoya Kondo, Takeshi Matsubara, Kazuo Matsubara, Shunichi Fukuhara, Motoko Yanagita, Manabu Muto
Background: Cancer is a major cause of death in patients undergoing haemodialysis. However, information about the actual clinical practice of chemotherapy for patients with cancer undergoing haemodialysis is lacking. We conducted a nationwide survey using questionnaires on the clinical practice of chemotherapy for such patients. Patients and methods: The nationwide survey included patients undergoing haemodialysis who were subsequently diagnosed with cancer in 20 hospitals in Japan from January 2010 to December 2012...
2018: ESMO Open
Hiroyasu Kaya, Jun Ozaki, Hirokazu Okumura
Objective This study retrospectively evaluated fungal dissemination due to hospital reconstruction and explored effective methods of predicting an outbreak. Methods Patients suspected of having invasive aspergillosis were tested for Aspergillus galactomannan antigen before and after reconstruction, and the mean values of three months of testing for positive patients were determined. The characteristics of patients with aspergillosis during this period were also assessed. Results Forty-five patients were positive for Aspergillus antigen (>0...
March 9, 2018: Internal Medicine
Eiichiro Amano, Kokoro Ozaki, Satoru Egawa, Motohiro Suzuki, Takashi Hirai, Satoru Ishibashi, Takuya Ohkubo, Toshitaka Yoshii, Atsushi Okawa, Takanori Yokota
RATIONALE: OSAM is a rare ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt complication where cervical spinal cord compression by epidural venous plexus engorgement is caused by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) overdrainage. Symmetrically indented deformity of the upper cervical spinal cord and surrounding epidural venous engorgement are characteristic radiological findings. Both of them are typically detected on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and enhanced computed tomography (CT). PATIENT CONCERNS: The 77-year-old man who underwent the placement of a VP shunt without an antisiphon device to treat post-subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) hydrocephalus presented with progressive quadriplegia 10 years postoperatively...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Akihiko Ozaki, Morihito Takita, Tetsuya Tanimoto
Introduction Globally, laws and guidelines for managing conflict of interest are increasingly implemented to achieve transparency in financial ties between physicians and pharmaceutical and medical device industries, yet little information is available regarding the limitations of the current frameworks for disclosing these financial ties. Case In June 2017, the Capecitabine for Residual Cancer as Adjuvant Therapy (CREATE-X) trial was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In this study, which suggested the post-surgery addition of capecitabine would improve survival of high-risk breast cancer patients, the cost of capecitabine for off-label use was illegally claimed to the Japanese public health insurance system, rather than being covered by the research budget...
March 8, 2018: Investigational New Drugs
James Steele, Andrew Butler, Zoe Comerford, Jason Dyer, Nathan Lloyd, Joshua Ward, James Fisher, Paulo Gentil, Christopher Scott, Hayao Ozaki
The present study examined the effects of exercise utilising traditional resistance training (leg press) or 'cardio' exercise (recumbent cycle ergometry) modalities upon acute physiological responses. Nine healthy males underwent a within session randomised crossover design where they completed both the leg press and recumbent cycle ergometer conditions. Conditions were approximately matched for effort and duration (leg press: 4 × 12RM using a 2 s concentric and 3 s eccentric repetition duration controlled with a metronome, thus each set lasted  60 s; recumbent cycle ergometer: 4 × 60 s bouts using a resistance level permitting 80-100 rpm but culminating with being unable to sustain the minimum cadence for the final 5-10 s)...
2018: PeerJ
Ewelina Wiercigroch, Emilia Staniszewska-Slezak, Kinga Szkaradek, Tomasz Wojcik, Yukihiro Ozaki, Malgorzata Baranska, Kamilla Malek
Two endothelial cell lines were selected as models to investigate an effect of incubation with cytokine tumour necrosis factor type α (TNF-α) using FT-IR imaging spectroscopy. Both cell lines are often used in laboratories, and are typical lung vascular endothelial cells (HMLVEC) and derived from the fusion of umbilical vein endothelial cells with lung adenocarcinoma cells (EA.hy926). This study was focused on alteration of spectral changes accompanying inflammation at the cellular level by applying two resolution systems of FT-IR microscopy...
March 5, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
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