Hiroshi Iida

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Bisphenol A (BPA) was examined for its effects on cultured Sertoli cells established from 18-day-old rat testes. We demonstrated that exposure of cultured Sertoli cells to BPA decreased the cell viability in a dose- and a time-dependent manner and that exposure to BPA brought about morphologic changes of the cells, such as membrane blebs, cell rounding,(More)
The changes in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) range over a wide spectrum, extending from steatosis to steatohepatitis (NASH). However, it has remained difficult to differentiate between NASH and nonprogressive NAFLD by clinical examination. We investigated the interrelationships between serum high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and the(More)
BACKGROUND Genetic factors as well as environmental factors are important in the development of NAFLD and in this study we investigated associations between polymorphisms of peroxisome proliferators-activated receptor gamma coactivator 1alpha polymorphism (PPARGC1A) and NAFLD. AIMS We recruited 115 patients with biopsy-proven NAFLD, 65 with NASH and 50(More)
BACKGROUND Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one of the most common causes of chronic liver injury in many countries. Genetic factors are important for the development of NAFLD, as well as environmental factors. Recently an angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AGTR1) has been recognized as important in the aetiology of fibrosis in the liver. (More)
We investigated the function of DDX3Y, the Y chromosome AZFa region encoding a putative DEAD-box RNA helicase protein, the loss of which results in oligozoospermia or azoospermia in humans. The human DDX3Y amino acid sequence is similar to that of the X chromosome gene DDX3X (91.7% homology). Here we report that human Y- and X-encoded DEAD box RNA helicase(More)
The goal of this study was to investigate Cystatin SN, a cysteine protease inhibitor, as a novel tumor marker for colorectal cancer (CRC). Gene expression profiles of mRNA from normal tissues and cancer cell lines were performed. Twenty-eight monoclonal antibodies for Cystatin SN were generated and serum Cystatin SN was quantified using ELISA in sera from(More)
It still remains controversial whether simple obesity, as measured by the body mass index (BMI), is an independent risk factor for Barrett's esophagus (BE). Recent studies have shown abdominal obesity, as defined by the waist circumference (WC) and the waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), to be a risk factor for BE, independent of the BMI, with the association between(More)
Recent studies suggest that the morphological and physiological properties of tight junctions (TJs) are determined by the combination and mixing ratios of claudin isoforms. In this study, we tried to characterize mouse cell lines by expression of claudin isoforms to use for studying epithelial TJs by overexpression or suppression of claudin(s) in the cells(More)
Spergen-1, a recently identified molecule specifically expressed in haploid spermatids in testis, is a small protein of 154 amino acids with a mitochondria-targeting signal at the N terminus. To examine the localization of spergen-1 protein in germ cells, we performed immunocytochemistry with the anti-spergen-1 antibody on frozen sections of rat testis and(More)
Tektins are composed of a family of filament-forming proteins associated with ciliary and flagellar microtubules. A new member of the TEKTIN gene family, which was designated as rat Tektin4, was obtained by PCR technique combined with yeast two-hybrid screening. Rat Tektin4 cDNA consists of 1,341 bp encoding a 52 kDa protein of 447 amino acids. Tektin4(More)