Akihito Suenaga

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The ion permeation process, driven by a membrane potential through an outer membrane protein, OmpF porin of Escherichia coli, was simulated by molecular dynamics. A Na+ ion, initially placed in the solvent region at the outer side of the porin channel, moved along the electric field passing through the porin channel in a 1.3 nsec simulation; the permeation(More)
We report here on the characterization of a mutation in the ceruloplasmin gene in a 45 year old woman with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus who presented with the recent onset of gait disturbance and dysarthria. Physical examination revealed an ataxic gait, scanning speech and retinal degeneration. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain was consistent(More)
Several proteins have been postulated as possible targets of immune attack in Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS). Heterogeneity of autoantibodies in sera from 20 LEMS patients was studied by comparing their reactivity to synaptotagmin, a synaptic vesicle protein, and voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs). Six patients' sera (1 with small cell lung(More)
The concentrations of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) in peritoneal fluid (PF) from women with endometriosis (n = 36) and without endometriosis (n = 40) were measured. All of the PF samples examined contained detectable concentrations of HGF. The HGF concentrations in PF from women with stage III/IV endometriosis (0.906 ng/ml, 0. 561-1.185; median,(More)
Fifteen patients with human T-cell lymphotropic virus type-I (HTLV-I)-associated myelopathy (HAM) were treated in an uncontrolled preliminary trial by oral administration of pentoxifylline (PTX). Motor function, neurological evaluation, immunological markers and parameters were evaluated after four weeks. In 13 of the 15 patients, motor disability,(More)
An immunoprecipitation assay was used to measure omega-conotoxin MVIIC (P/Q-type) binding and blocking calcium channel antibodies in 67 patients with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) and in a large control population. We first showed the presence of omega-conotoxin MVIIC-blocking antibody in LEMS patients. Binding antibodies were detected in 55 of(More)
The effects of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) on regeneration of the peripheral nerves were investigated in rats. The sciatic nerves were crushed at the mid-thigh level on the last day of 32 days of oral administration of PCB. The sciatic nerves were biopsied from the crushed regions at 1, 2, 4, 8 and 12 weeks after crushing. Myelin thickness on the axon(More)
We report a 20-year-old female with generalized myasthenia gravis (MG) who developed atonic urinary bladder and accommodative insufficiency. Although her sera did not contain antibodies to either nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (AChR) or voltage-gated calcium channels, a positive intravenous edrophonium test and a waning phenomenon on electromyographic(More)
A 57-year-old woman had undergone surgery for meningioma. After the surgery, she suffered from repeated fever and headache. One year after surgery, she was admitted to our hospital for further examination. Cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) findings indicated bacterial meningitis infection. Germ culture, acid-fast bacterium culture, PCR for mycobacteriosis and(More)
We report a 49-year-old female with hereditary ceruloplasmin deficiency with hemosiderosis. There was a family history of the same symptoms; her brother showed hypoceruloplasminemia and decrease of the serum copper content. On physical examinations, dementia, dysarthria, downbeat nystagmus, sensorineural hearing disturbance, orthostatic hypotension,(More)