Atsuhisa Shirakami

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It has been proposed that mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation in pancreatic beta-cells plays an important role in insulin secretion. To examine the impact of mitochondrial dysfunction on insulin secretion, we created a MIN6 cell line that depleted mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) by treatment with ethidium bromide (EtBr), and studied the response of the cell(More)
Aims/hypothesis. Resistin is a peptide secreted by adipocytes and recognized as a hormone that could link obesity to insulin resistance. This study was designed to examine the effect and mechanism(s) of insulin on resistin expression in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Methods. Differentiated 3T3-L1 adipocytes were stimulated with insulin and resistin mRNA expression(More)
Acute exercise induces glucose uptake in skeletal muscle in vivo, but the molecular mechanism of this phenomenon remains to be identified. In this study, we evaluated the involvement of bradykinin in exercise-induced glucose uptake in humans and rats. In human studies, plasma bradykinin concentrations increased significantly during an ergometer exercise (20(More)
We report the case of a 76-year-old woman who was referred to our hospital for a gradually worsening cough and renal dysfunction. Although pneumonia was initially suspected, imaging findings of the lungs revealed diffuse alveolar hemorrhage at a later date. Renal failure developed and hemodiafiltration was performed on the 9th day. Rapidly progressive(More)
Studies were made on the fibronectin receptor on polymorphonuclear leukocytes of patients with hereditary connective tissue diseases and of healthy members of their families. In four patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type II (family E) and type VI (family M), the maximum number of binding sites (Bmax) of fibronectin receptor was significantly decreased(More)
The pathophysiology of peripheral circulatory disturbance in patients presenting with vibration syndrome was studied from the viewpoint of blood coagulation. Plasma levels of fibronectin (FN), vitronectin (VN), thrombin-antithrombin III complex (TAT), and alpha 2-plasmin inhibitor-plasmin complex (PIC) were measured in 23 subjects who showed no evidence of(More)
More than 300 cases of acquired von Willebrand syndrome (AVWS) have been reported, but it is thought that this number reflects only the tip of the iceberg [1]. Data from an international registry has shown that AVWS may be associated with lymphoproliferative (48%) or myeloproliferative (15%) disorders, neoplasia (5%), immunological (2%), cardiovascular(More)
The genetic and molecular basis of a mutant prothrombin of 'prothrombin Tokushima' was studied by polymerase chain reaction-single strand conformation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) and PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) analyses. The abnormal gene was detected by altered migration by PCR-SSCP and by the loss of an MspI site by PCR-RFLP. The(More)