Chikako Hirashima

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The first commercial automated immunoassays specific for soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt-1) and placental growth factor (PlGF) (Elecsys sFlt-1 and Elecsys PlGF, respectively) have recently been introduced. We constructed reference range values of plasma levels of sFlt-1 and PlGF, and the sFlt-1/PlGF ratio using Elecsys sFlt-1 and Elecsys PlGF(More)
In this study, to search for novel preeclampsia (PE) biomarkers, we focused on microRNA expression and function in the human placenta complicated with PE. By comprehensive analyses of microRNA expression, we identified 22 microRNAs significantly upregulated in preeclamptic placentas, 5 of which were predicted in silico to commonly target the mRNA encoding(More)
Robust classical conditioning modifies responding to the unconditioned stimulus (US) in the absence of the conditioned stimulus (CS), a phenomenon the researchers called conditioning-specific reflex modification. Unconditioned responses (URs) to periorbital stimulation varying in intensity and duration were assessed before and after 1, 3, or 6 days of(More)
The significance of ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) monitoring during pregnancy has not been established. We performed a prospective study to elucidate whether ABP measures are associated with small-for-gestational-age birth weight (SGA). We studied 146 pregnant women who were seen for maternal medical checkups or suspected hypertension. ABP monitoring was(More)
It has been reported that the concentration of free placental growth factor (PlGF) is decreased and that of soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt-1) is increased before the onset of preeclampsia. However, no study has determined the reference values for sFlt-1 and free PlGF during pregnancy using a commercially available enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay(More)
PROBLEM It has been shown that the presence of antinuclear antibody (ANA) might reduce pregnancy rates after in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET). However, the mechanism of implantation failure by ANA has not yet been clarified. This study was performed to investigate the impact of ANA on pregnancy rates after IVF-ET, and the necessity of(More)
Blood pressure (BP) levels and body mass index (BMI) are known as risk factors for preeclampsia and gestational hypertension. However, there have been few investigations regarding the effects of BP and BMI levels on preeclampsia and gestational hypertension in the same cohort. In the present study, we conducted a retrospective cohort study using multiple(More)
Satisfactory results following in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET) treatments depend on retrieving an appropriate number of mature oocytes without causing the development of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). The present study was carried out to investigate whether the ovarian reserve is predictable based on the day-3 serum concentration(More)
OBJECTIVE It was recently reported that both a high soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt1): placental growth factor (PlGF) ratio (sFlt1:PlGF ratio) and high soluble endoglin (sEng) levels are related to the later occurrence of preeclampsia. We compared the serum sFlt1:PlGF ratio, PlGF and sEng levels in women with gestational proteinuria (GP) to those(More)
We report the first case of an obstructive hydrocephalus after intraventricular hemorrhage in a woman with HELLP syndrome and eclampsia. A 25-year-old primiparaous woman had severe preeclampsia at 36 weeks of gestation. She complained of epigastric pain and nausea. The levels of AST, ALT, and LDH were 539, 560, and 1051 IU/L, respectively; the platelet(More)