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OBJECTIVE To clarify the role of very low density lipoprotein (VLDL) and apolipoprotein E (apoE) in adipogenesis, we studied newly developed hyperlipidemic obese (ob/ob;apoE-/-) mice. Because hydrolysis of VLDL is believed to be the major source of adipogenic free fatty acids, a higher plasma level of VLDL in these mice should exaggerate obesity. METHODS(More)
Herp was originally identified as an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress protein in vascular endothelial cells. ER stress is induced in atherosclerotic lesions, but it is not known whether Herp plays any role in the development of atherosclerosis. To address this question, we generated Herp- and apolipoprotein E (apoE)-deficient mice (Herp(-/-); apoE(-/-)(More)
BACKGROUND It is not clear how hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) affects ischemia-induced pathophysiological responses such as angiogenesis and skeletal muscle regeneration. In the present study the effects of HBO on the functional and morphological recovery of ischemic hind limbs, blood perfusion and the local production of angiogenic growth factors were(More)
Currently, from the viewpoint of animal welfare, anesthesia or analgesia is required during experimental procedures in animals that are likely to cause pain. A part of these anesthetics have been reported to influence a blood biochemical level. It is important for us to understand the effect of the anesthetic on blood biochemistry when we choose the(More)
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