Akito Watanabe

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Glycyrrhizin (GL) has been used to treat chronic hepatitis in Japan and Europe. It is thought to induce pseudoaldosteronism via inhibition of type 2 11beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (11beta-HSD2) by glycyrrhetinic acid (GA), a major metabolite of GL. A previous clinical study suggested that 3-monoglucuronyl-glycyrrhetinic acid (3MGA), another metabolite(More)
A 56-year-old woman was hospitalized for recurrent hemoptysis. She had been suffering from bronchiectasis for 4 years. Pseudomonas aeruginosa was persistently detected in her sputum. Serum was positive for Myeloperoxidase antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (MPO-ANCA) and bactericidal/permeability-increasing protein antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody(More)
BACKGROUND Recent development of genetic analyses enabled us to reveal underlying genetic causes of the patients with epileptic encephalopathy in infancy. Mutations of voltage-gated sodium channel type I alpha subunit gene (SCN1A) are to be causally related with several phenotypes of epilepsy, generalized epilepsy with febrile seizure plus (GEFS+), Dravet(More)
The mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1: mTOR-raptor interaction) and heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) regulate various cellular processes and are crucial for the progression of many cancers and metabolic diseases. In the recent study, we reported that interaction of Hsp70 with tuberous sclerosis complex 1 (TSC1) regulated apoptosis. This study was(More)
An 80-year-old man presented to the internist with fever, fatigue and leukocytosis up to 66.8 x 10(3)/microl. Although a chronic myelogenous leukemia was initially suspected, he was diagnosed as metastatic bone marrow tumor with bone marrow necrosis from primary prostate cancer on the basis of the clinical and pathological findings. The serum concentrations(More)
Brain hypoperfusion observed on single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is a typical finding in the acute phase of human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) encephalopathy. However, from 2004 to 2010, we encountered three cases of HHV-6 encephalopathy in which hyperperfusion in the area of the brain lesion was observed on SPECT performed within 48 hours after(More)
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