H. Kaji

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We examined the tissue distribution of growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) receptor mRNA in the rat brain because several lines of evidence have suggested that GHRH plays a functional role in the brain. GHRH receptor mRNA was detected in the hypothalamus as well as pituitary, but not in olfactory bulb, caudate putamen, cerebral cortex, hippocampus,(More)
In diabetic patients, the risk of fracture is high because of impaired bone formation. However, the details of the mechanisms in the development of diabetic osteoporosis remain unclear. In the current study, we investigated the role of plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI)-1 in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetic osteoporosis by using PAI-1-deficient mice.(More)
A girl with severe growth retardation had the clinical features of Laron syndrome. Her serum insulin-like growth factor-I level was completely unresponsive to exogenous GH administration. The serum GH-binding protein (GHBP) level was below the detectable limit in the patient, but it was normal in her parents and brother. Her parents and brother were normal(More)
Previous studies suggest that fracture healing is impaired in diabetes; however, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. Here, we investigated the roles of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) in the impaired bone repair process by using streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic female wild-type (PAI-1+/+) and PAI-1-deficient (PAI-1-/-) mice. Bone repair(More)
A missense mutation, C422F, was identified in the intracellular domain of GH receptor (GHR) in a Japanese short boy. Although this mutation was previously reported in a patient with GH insensitivity syndrome (GHIS), it has not been clear whether this mutation causes GH insensitivity. To clarify the effect of this mutation on GH signal transduction, mutant(More)
With the use of stable isotopes, this study aimed to compare the bioavailability of active absorbable algal calcium (AAACa), obtained from oyster shell powder heated to a high temperature, with an additional heated seaweed component (Heated Algal Ingredient, HAI), with that of calcium carbonate. In 10 postmenopausal women volunteers aged 59 to 77 years(More)
The osteoinductive factors BMP-2 and Tmem119 that promote the differentiation of myoblasts into osteoblasts, each increase the levels of the other. However, the relative contributions of BMP-2 and Tmem119 to the osteogenic differentiation and the mechanisms involved are incompletely understood. In the present study, we examined the relationship among BMP-2,(More)
Self-reported levels of pain, anxiety, and depression, and plasma levels of beta-endorphin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin were measured in 19 arthritic pain patients before and after hypnosis designed to produce pain reduction. Correlations were found between levels of pain, anxiety, and depression. Anxiety and depression were(More)
As an innovative approach to the system requirements analysis, this paper proposes a computer aided method to develop objectives trees. This method consists of a procedure, algorithms and, a man-machine interactive graphic system. And two typical kinds of applications of the objectives tree in computer applications system planning are described. By this(More)