Ai Suzuki

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Recent studies have suggested that defects in the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) contribute to the etiopathogenetic mechanisms underlying dopaminergic neuronal degeneration in Parkinson's disease. The present study aims to study the effects of proteasome inhibition in the nerve terminals of nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars(More)
The neuropathological hallmark of idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) is dopaminergic neuron degeneration in the substantia nigra. However, it has been suggested that the neurodegenerative process initially may occur in the dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus (DMV). This implies that unidentified environmental toxins or neurotropic pathogens that is capable(More)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive degenerative disease involving the upper and lower motor neuron systems. Activated microglia are reported to enhance motor neuron death by secreting neurotoxic cytokines in SOD1-transgenic mice. Recent studies have provided evidence that chronic stimulation leads microglia to acquire an anti-inflammatory(More)
The rodent model of harmaline-induced tremor has been widely used for experimental analysis of tremor. Activation of the olivocerebellar system plays a key role in tremor-generating mechanisms. One undetermined problem is whether there are species-specific differences in effects of harmaline. The present study investigated effects of harmaline on(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the mechanisms underlying the anti-tremor effect of zonisamide in rats under conditions of tacrine-induced tremulous jaw movements (TJMs). METHODS Male adult rats received systemic administration of either zonisamide (5 or 50mg/kg) or vehicle at 20min prior to the administration of tacrine hydrochloride (5mg/kg). Animals were(More)
Insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) is a potent survival factor for motor neurons in animals, and glycogen synthase kinase-3beta (GSK-3beta) is suspected to play roles in apoptosis and tau phosphorylation. Here we report the immunological expression of IGF-I, GSK-3beta, phosphorylated-GSK-3alpha/beta (p-GSK-3alpha/beta) and phosphorylated-tau in the spinal(More)
Fast and proper assessment of bio macro-molecular complex structural rigidity as a measure of structural stability can be useful in systematic studies to predict molecular function, and can also enable the design of rapid scoring functions to rank automatically generated bio-molecular complexes. Based on the graph theoretical approach of Jacobs et al.(More)
In this study we have undertaken the theoretical analysis of the effect of R249S carcinogenic and H168R-R249S suppressor mutation at core domain of the tumor suppressor protein p53, on its natural interaction with DNA using a newly developed method. The results show that the carcinogenic mutation R249S affects the flexibility of L3 loop region in p53,(More)
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