Hidetaka Okada

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BACKGROUND Hypoxia of the human endometrium is a physiologic event occurring during the perimenstrual period and the local stimulus for angiogenesis. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of hypoxic stress on the regulation of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1/CXCL12), and the potential role of(More)
We previously reported that shakuyaku-kanzo-to, a kampo medicine consisting of shakuyaku and kanzo, has an inhibitory effect on myometrial contractions in pregnant women. In this study, we evaluated the effects of kanzo, glycyrrhizin (a major component of kanzo), glycyrrhetinic acid (GA; a major metabolite of glycyrrhizin), shakuyaku, and paeoniflorin (a(More)
We investigate the effects of ovarian hormone on the gene expression of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (M1-M5) in the myometrium using real-time PCR and evaluate the relationships between their expression and that of ovarian hormone receptors (ERα, ERβ, and PgR). Wistar rats were sham operated (SO) or ovariectomized (OVX) and treated with vehicle,(More)
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