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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333692/application-of-olfactory-tissue-and-its-neural-progenitors-to-schizophrenia-and-psychiatric-research
#1
Joëlle Lavoie, Akira Sawa, Koko Ishizuka
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The goal of this review article is to introduce olfactory epithelium-derived cell/tissue models as a promising surrogate system to study the molecular mechanisms implicated in schizophrenia and other neuropsychiatric disorders. Here, we particularly focus on the utility of their neural progenitors. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent investigations of the pathophysiology of schizophrenia using olfactory epithelium-derived tissue/cell models have provided insights about schizophrenia-associated alterations in neurodevelopment, stress response, and gene/protein expression regulatory pathways...
March 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329295/flow-dynamics-assessment-of-mitral-valve-surgery-by-intraoperative-vector-flow-mapping
#2
Koichi Akiyama, Naotoshi Nakamura, Keiichi Itatani, Yoshifumi Naito, Mao Kinoshita, Masaru Shimizu, Saeko Hamaoka, Hideya Kato, Hiroaki Yasumoto, Yasufumi Nakajima, Toshiki Mizobe, Satoshi Numata, Hitoshi Yaku, Teiji Sawa
OBJECTIVES: We assessed vortex patterns and energy loss in left ventricular flow in patients who underwent mitral valve repair or replacement with bioprosthetic valves. METHODS: Vector flow mapping was performed before and after the procedure in 15 and 17 patients who underwent repair and replacement, respectively. The preprocedure mitral-septal angle was measured in all patients. Relationships between vortex patterns or energy loss change (ELC) and annuloplasty ring or bioprosthetic valve sizes or the effect of mitral leaflet resection in the repair group were statistically analysed...
February 22, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325015/estimating-apnea-hypopnea-index-only-from-an-accelerometer-signal-measured-on-the-chest
#3
Yasunobu Yamauchi, Sawa Fuke, Kanako Nakayama, Jun'ya Takakura, Hitoshi Usuniwa, Keiji Koike, Eriko Ouchi, Nagafumi Doi
Sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) is becoming a public concern in the field of preventive medicine because it causes more deleterious diseases. However, the majority of patients are not diagnosed and an easier-to-use, lower-cost device for screening of SAS is needed compared to the existing multimodal devices. In this study, we developed and tested a method to estimate the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI), which is the measure of severity of SAS, only from an accelerometer signal measured on the chest. Simultaneous recordings of overnight sleep polysomnography and accelerometer signal were conducted for 50 participants...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321003/midterm-outcomes-with-a-self-expandable-transcatheter-heart-valve-in-japanese-patients-with-symptomatic-severe-aortic-stenosis
#4
Yoshiki Sawa, Kei Torikai, Junjiro Kobayashi, Hiroshi Niinami, Toru Kuratani, Koichi Maeda, Hideaki Kanzaki, Nobuyuki Komiyama, Yutaka Tanaka, Angie Zhang, Shigeru Saito
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is a viable alternative to surgical aortic valve replacement in high-risk or inoperable patients with aortic stenosis (AS). Here we report the midterm outcomes of high-risk Japanese patients with severe AS who underwent TAVI with a self-expandable TAV.Methods and Results:The CoreValve Japan Trial was a prospective, multicenter trial of the CoreValve System. A group of 55 patients (mean age 82.5±5.5 years, 30.9% male, 100% NYHA class III/IV, STS 8...
March 17, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321002/five-year-outcomes-of-the-first-pivotal-clinical-trial-of-balloon-expandable-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-in-japan-prevail-japan
#5
Yoshiki Sawa, Morimasa Takayama, Tsuyoshi Goto, Shuichiro Takanashi, Tatsuhiko Komiya, Tetsuya Tobaru, Koichi Maeda, Toru Kuratani, Yasushi Sakata
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has been an alternative less invasive therapy for high-surgical risk/inoperable patients with aortic valve stenosis (AS) in Japan. We report 5-year outcomes of the first pivotal clinical trial of TAVR in Japan (PREVAIL JAPAN).Methods and Results:A total of 64 patients with AS who were considered unsuitable candidates for surgery were enrolled at 3 centers in Japan (mean age: 84.3±6.1 years, female: 65.6%, STS score: 9.0±4...
March 17, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315708/2016-international-meeting-of-the-global-virus-network
#6
REVIEW
Ramesh Akkina, Heinz Ellerbrok, William Hall, Hideki Hasegawa, Yasushi Kawaguchi, Harold Kleanthous, Edward McSweegan, Natalia Mercer, Victor Romanowski, Hirofumi Sawa, Anders Vahlne
The Global Virus Network (GVN) was established in 2011 in order to strengthen research and responses to current viral causes of human disease and to prepare against new viral pandemic threats. There are now 38 GVN Centers of Excellence and 6 Affiliate laboratories in 24 countries. GVN scientists meet annually to learn about each other's current research, address collaborative priorities and plan future programs. The 2016 meeting was held from October 23-25 in Hokkaido, Japan, in partnership with the Japanese Society for Virology, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases of Japan and the Research Center for Zoonosis Control of Hokkaido University...
March 16, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314446/the-insula-an-underestimated-brain-area-in-clinical-neuroscience-psychiatry-and-neurology
#7
REVIEW
Ho Namkung, Sun-Hong Kim, Akira Sawa
Supported by recent human neuroimaging studies, the insula is re-emerging as an important brain area not only in the physiological understanding of the brain, but also in pathological contexts in clinical research. In this opinion article, we briefly introduce the anatomical and histological features of the human insula. We then summarize the physiological functions of the insula and underscore its pathological roles in psychiatric and neurological disorders that have long been underestimated. We finally propose possible strategies through which the role of the insula may be further understood for both basic and clinical neuroscience...
March 14, 2017: Trends in Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300753/krebs-cycle-intermediates-protective-against-oxidative-stress-by-modulating-the-level-of-reactive-oxygen-species-in-neuronal-ht22-cells
#8
Kenta Sawa, Takumi Uematsu, Yusuke Korenaga, Ryuya Hirasawa, Masatoshi Kikuchi, Kyohei Murata, Jian Zhang, Xiaoqing Gai, Kazuichi Sakamoto, Tomoyuki Koyama, Takumi Satoh
Krebs cycle intermediates (KCIs) are reported to function as energy substrates in mitochondria and to exert antioxidants effects on the brain. The present study was designed to identify which KCIs are effective neuroprotective compounds against oxidative stress in neuronal cells. Here we found that pyruvate, oxaloacetate, and α-ketoglutarate, but not lactate, citrate, iso-citrate, succinate, fumarate, or malate, protected HT22 cells against hydrogen peroxide-mediated toxicity. These three intermediates reduced the production of hydrogen peroxide-activated reactive oxygen species, measured in terms of 2',7'-dichlorofluorescein diacetate fluorescence...
March 16, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293037/structure-and-antibacterial-activities-of-new-cyclic-peptide-antibiotics-pargamicins-b-c-and-d-from-amycolatopsis-sp-ml1-hf4
#9
Hideki Hashizume, Ryuichi Sawa, Kazuma Yamashita, Yoshio Nishimura, Masayuki Igarashi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 15, 2017: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279847/discovery-of-novel-furanone-derivatives-as-potent-cdc7-kinase-inhibitors
#10
Takayuki Irie, Tokiko Asami, Ayako Sawa, Yuko Uno, Mitsuharu Hanada, Chika Taniyama, Yoko Funakoshi, Hisao Masai, Masaaki Sawa
Cdc7 is a serine-threonine kinase and plays a conserved and important role in DNA replication, and it has been recognized as a potential anticancer target. Herein, we report the design, synthesis and structure-activity relationship of novel furanone derivatives as Cdc7 kinase inhibitors. Compound 13 was identified as a strong inhibitor of Cdc7 with an IC50 value of 0.6 nM in the presence of 1 mM ATP and showed excellent kinase selectivity. In addition, it exhibited slow off-rate characteristics, which may offer advantages over known Cdc7 inhibitors in its potential to yield prolonged inhibitory effects in vivo...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277247/vector-flow-mapping-and-impaired-left-ventricular-flow-after-the-alfieri-stitch
#11
Koichi Akiyama, Keiichi Itatani, Yoshifumi Naito, Mao Kinoshita, Masaru Shimizu, Saeko Hamaoka, Hiroaki Yasumoto, Hideya Kato, Yasufumi Nakajima, Satoshi Numata, Hitoshi Yaku, Teiji Sawa
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 12, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267151/regulation-of-striatal-dopamine-responsiveness-by-notch-rbp-j-signaling
#12
M Toritsuka, S Kimoto, K Muraki, M Kitagawa, T Kishimoto, A Sawa, K Tanigaki
Dopamine signaling is essential for reward learning and fear-related learning, and thought to be involved in neuropsychiatric diseases. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of dopamine responsiveness is unclear. Here we show the critical roles of Notch/RBP-J signaling in the regulation of dopamine responsiveness in the striatum. Notch/RBP-J signaling regulates various neural cell fate specification, and neuronal functions in the adult central nervous system. Conditional deletion of RBP-J specifically in neuronal cells causes enhanced response to apomorphine, a non-selective dopamine agonist, and SKF38393, a D1 agonist, and impaired dopamine-dependent instrumental avoidance learning, which is corrected by SCH23390, a D1 antagonist...
March 7, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263187/aggregation-of-scaffolding-protein-disc1-dysregulates-phosphodiesterase-4-in-huntington-s-disease
#13
Motomasa Tanaka, Koko Ishizuka, Yoko Nekooki-Machida, Ryo Endo, Noriko Takashima, Hideyuki Sasaki, Yusuke Komi, Amy Gathercole, Elaine Huston, Kazuhiro Ishii, Kelvin Kai-Wan Hui, Masaru Kurosawa, Sun-Hong Kim, Nobuyuki Nukina, Eiki Takimoto, Miles D Houslay, Akira Sawa
Huntington's disease (HD) is a polyglutamine (polyQ) disease caused by aberrant expansion of the polyQ tract in Huntingtin (HTT). While motor impairment mediated by polyQ-expanded HTT has been intensively studied, molecular mechanisms for nonmotor symptoms in HD, such as psychiatric manifestations, remain elusive. Here we have demonstrated that HTT forms a ternary protein complex with the scaffolding protein DISC1 and cAMP-degrading phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) to regulate PDE4 activity. We observed pathological cross-seeding between DISC1 and mutant HTT aggregates in the brains of HD patients as well as in a murine model that recapitulates the polyQ pathology of HD (R6/2 mice)...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246378/fradiamine-a-a-new-siderophore-from-the-deep-sea-actinomycete-streptomyces-fradiae-mm456m-mf7
#14
Yasuhiro Takehana, Maya Umekita, Masaki Hatano, Chiaki Kato, Ryuichi Sawa, Masayuki Igarashi
New bioactive substances were identified from several marine actinomycetes strains by LC-HRESI-MS based non-targeted metabolomics. A new siderophore and its derivative, named fradiamines A and B, were isolated from the extract of the deep-sea actinomycetes Streptomyces fradiae MM456M-mF7 by Diaion CHP-20P, Sephadex LH-20 column chromatography and HPLC. Fradiamine A was a new compound, but fradiamine B was previously patented as a sweetness enhancer. Their structures were determined by NMR and LC-HRESI-MS/MS analysis...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244828/insurance-systems-and-reimbursement-concerning-research-and-development-of-regenerative-medicine-in-japan
#15
Kiyoshi Okada, Toshio Miyata, Yoshiki Sawa
In Japan, the Act on the Safety of Regenerative Medicine and the Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices and Other Therapeutic Products Act were enacted in November 2014, creating a new framework for clinical research and products related to regenerative medicine. Together with these regulatory frameworks, new insurance procedures were created for handling regenerative medicine in Japan. For developing regenerative medicine in Japan, understanding medical insurance greatly influences funding and venture success, particularly in the stages between clinical research and market launch...
March 2017: Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238658/role-of-lotr1-in-nutrient-transport-through-organization-of-spatial-distribution-of-root-endodermal-barriers
#16
Baohai Li, Takehiro Kamiya, Lothar Kalmbach, Mutsumi Yamagami, Katsushi Yamaguchi, Shuji Shigenobu, Shinichiro Sawa, John M C Danku, David E Salt, Niko Geldner, Toru Fujiwara
The formation of Casparian strips and suberin lamellae at the endodermis limits the free diffusion of nutrients and harmful substances via the apoplastic space between the soil solution and the stele in roots [1-3]. Casparian strips are ring-like lignin polymers deposited in the middle of anticlinal cell walls between endodermal cells and fill the gap between them [4-6]. Suberin lamellae are glycerolipid polymers covering the endodermal cells and likely function as a barrier to limit transmembrane movement of apoplastic solutes into the endodermal cells [7, 8]...
March 6, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236746/discovery-of-a-novel-antiviral-agent-targeting-the-nonstructural-protein-4-nsp4-of-chikungunya-virus
#17
Yuji Wada, Yasuko Orba, Michihito Sasaki, Shintaro Kobayashi, Michael J Carr, Haruaki Nobori, Akihiko Sato, William W Hall, Hirofumi Sawa
Chikungunya fever (CHIKF) is caused by chikungunya virus (CHIKV) infection which is a re-emerging mosquito-borne zoonosis. At present, there are no approved therapeutics for CHIKF. Herein, we have investigated candidate compounds which can inhibit CHIKV infection. Screening of chemical compound libraries were performed and one candidate, a benzimidazole-related compound designated Compound-A was found to inhibit infection by several CHIKV strains and a Sindbis virus strain at nanomolar concentrations. To investigate the inhibitory mechanism of action, a Compound-A resistant CHIKV (res-CHIKV) was isolated and a key mutation associated with resistance was identified by reverse-genetic recombinant CHIKVs containing amino acid substitutions present in res-CHIKV...
February 22, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229129/sphincterotomy-with-endoscopic-biliary-drainage-for-severe-acute-cholangitis-a-meta-analysis
#18
Tarek Sawas, Noura Arwani, Shadi Al Halabi, John Vargo
Aims To investigate the role of endoscopic sphincterotomy (ES) with endoscopic biliary drainage (EBD) in acute severe obstructive cholangitis management by performing a meta-analysis of controlled trials. Method We searched PubMed and Embase for controlled studies that compared endoscopic drainage with ES versus Non-ES in acute obstructive cholangitis. Two reviewers selected the studies and extracted the data. Disagreement was addressed by a third reviewer. Heterogeneity of the studies was analyzed by Cochran's Q statistics...
February 2017: Endoscopy International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222099/morphological-study-of-tooth-development-in-podoplanin-deficient-mice
#19
Kenyo Takara, Naoki Maruo, Kyoko Oka, Chiaki Kaji, Yuji Hatakeyama, Naruhiko Sawa, Yukinari Kato, Junro Yamashita, Hiroshi Kojima, Yoshihiko Sawa
Podoplanin is a mucin-type highly O-glycosylated glycoprotein identified in several somatyic cells: podocytes, alveolar epithelial cells, lymphatic endothelial cells, lymph node stromal fibroblastic reticular cells, osteocytes, odontoblasts, mesothelial cells, glia cells, and others. It has been reported that podoplanin-RhoA interaction induces cytoskeleton relaxation and cell process stretching in fibroblastic cells and osteocytes, and that podoplanin plays a critical role in type I alveolar cell differentiation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220479/a-phase-1-2-trial-of-ublituximab-a-novel-anti-cd20-monoclonal-antibody-in-patients-with-b-cell-non-hodgkin-lymphoma-or-chronic-lymphocytic-leukaemia-previously-exposed-to-rituximab
#20
Ahmed Sawas, Charles M Farber, Marshall T Schreeder, Mazen Y Khalil, Daruka Mahadevan, Changchun Deng, Jennifer E Amengual, Petros G Nikolinakos, Jill M Kolesar, John G Kuhn, Peter Sportelli, Hari P Miskin, Owen A O'Connor
This phase 1/2 study evaluated the safety, pharmacokinetic behavior and anti-tumour activity of ublituximab, a unique type I, chimeric, glycoengineered anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, in rituximab-relapsed or -refractory patients with B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL) or chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). Induction therapy (doses of 450-1200 mg) consisted of 4 weekly infusions in cycle 1 for NHL and 3 weekly infusions in cycles 1 and 2 for CLL. Patients received ublituximab maintenance monthly during cycles 3-5, then once every 3 months for up to 2 years...
February 21, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
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