Akihito Suenaga

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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)
Carbamoylphosphate synthetase I deficiency (CPS1D) is a urea-cycle disorder characterized by episodes of life-threatening hyperammonemia. Correct diagnosis is crucial for patient management, but is difficult to make from clinical presentation and conventional laboratory tests alone. Enzymatic or genetic diagnoses have also been hampered by difficult access(More)
The interaction of warfarin with human alpha 1-acid glycoprotein (alpha 1-AGP) and human albumin (HA) has been investigated using fluorescence and circular dichroism techniques. The fluorescence of warfarin is greatly enhanced following binding to alpha 1-AGP or HA, the binding constant for a single site being estimated by the Scatchard method. The binding(More)
The presence of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) in follicular fluid (FF) relative to concentrations of sex steroid hormones and human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) was investigated. A total of 69 FF samples were obtained during oocyte retrieval for in-vitro fertilization (IVF) from 11 patients with no apparent endocrine disorders. The concentrations of HGF,(More)
OBJECTIVE More than 80 unrelated, but all Caucasian, patients with cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL), originating from various communities around the world, have been molecularly identified. To clarify the occurrence of CADASIL in Orientals, we investigated Japanese families presenting as(More)
An immunoprecipitation assay was used to measure ω-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 ω-conotoxin MVIIC-blocking antibody in LEMS patients. Binding antibodies were detected in 55 of 67(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)
Angiogenesis is an essential event during the development of the ovarian follicle and ensuing formation of the corpus luteum. We investigated the presence of angiogenin, a potent inducer of angiogenesis, and the regulatory mechanisms of its production in the human ovary. Follicular fluid (FF) and granulosa cells (GCs) were collected from women undergoing in(More)
The outgrowth of the mouse blastocyst in culture represents an in vitro model of trophoblastic invasion. In the present study we analysed trophoblast spreading by time lapse video microscopy. Trophoblast spreading consists of (1) the migration and (2) the giant cell transformation of trophoblast cells, (3) the proliferation of ectoplacental cone (EPC) cells(More)
The binding site of 7-hydroxystaurosporine (UCN-01) on alpha-acid glycoprotein (AGP) was studied by fluorescence and ultracentrifugation experiments. Three ligands, propranolol, warfarin and progesterone were employed as marker ligands and quinaldine red was employed as a fluorescent probe. The presence of UCN-01, pro- pranolol, warfarin and progesterone(More)