Aya Ishigaki

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Living cells produce reactive oxygen species (ROSs). To protect themselves from these ROSs, the cells have developed both an antioxidant system containing superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) and a redox system including peroxiredoxin2 (Prx2, thioredoxin peroxidase) and glutathione peroxidase1 (GPx1): SOD1 converts superoxide radicals into hydrogen peroxide(More)
We investigated motoneuron degeneration after proximal nerve injury in presymptomatic transgenic (tg) rats expressing human mutant Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD1). The right facial nerves of presymptomatic tg rats expressing human H46R or G93A SOD1 and their non-tg littermates were avulsed, and facial nuclei were examined at 2 weeks postoperation.(More)
Cholesterol-free diets, which contain 0.003% tea catechins with perilla oil rich in alpha-linolenic acid, were given to male mice for periods of 6 and 15 months. Cholesterol levels decreased significantly in mice fed the catechin diet for 6 and 15 months compared to the animals fed the control diet. The phospholipid level of mice fed the catechin diet for(More)
The SJL mouse is a model for human dysferlinopathy (limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2B and Miyoshi myopathy). We used cDNA microarrays to compare the expression profiles of 10,012 genes in control and SJL quadriceps femoris muscles in order to find genes involved in the degeneration and regeneration process and in dysferlin's functional network. Many(More)
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is one of the most potent survival-promoting factors for motor neurons. We showed that introduction of the HGF gene into neurons of G93A transgenic mice attenuates motor neuron degeneration and increases the lifespan of these mice. Currently, treatment regimens using recombinant protein are closer to clinical application than(More)
Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and Fisher syndrome (FS) are immune-mediated peripheral neuropathies, and most of these cases were known to be associated with a preceding infection. Recent reports evidenced an increase in the number of infectious disease cases after the earthquake. The aim of this report is to investigate the incidence and clinical features(More)
We report a 49-year-old previously healthy woman with acute onset of decrease in attention, dysarthria and ataxia, accompanied by drowsiness. On admission, there were cloudness of consciousness, hallucination and left hemiparesis. Cerebrospinal fluid study revealed a cell count of 1/mm3, and the cytology was class I with a slight increase in protein. MRI of(More)
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