Ikuko Nakamura

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The potential and possible mechanisms for regression of existing glomerulosclerosis by angiotensin II type 1 receptor antagonist (AT1RA) and/or angiotensin I converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) were investigated. Adult male Sprague Dawley rats underwent 5/6 nephrectomy (Nx). Glomerulosclerosis was assessed by renal biopsy 8 wk later, and rats were divided(More)
Ten cats were stimulated twice a day in the lateral amygdala with low-frequency stimulation of about 3 Hz until generalized convulsion occurred. After the completion of kindling, the longest interpulse interval required for provocation of generalized convulsion (pulse-interval threshold) was determined in each subject. The pulse-interval threshold was 1300(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS There are many reports on the presence of an incompletely glycosylated O-linked oligosaccharide(s) on the IgA1 hinge region in some immunoglobulin (IgA) nephropathy patients. Furthermore, the production of an antibody against the naked hinge peptide portion was reported in an IgA nephropathy patient. In this report, characterization of(More)
BACKGROUND There are many reports of incompletely glycosylated O-linked oligosaccharides on the IgA1 hinge region in certain IgA nephropathy patients. In addition, other reports have noted a relationship between tonsillectomy and IgA nephropathy. METHODS Immunoglobulins from extracts of tonsillectomized tissue and other sources were analysed by(More)
The binding protein to a hypoglycosylated IgA1/Sepharose (IgA1-BP) could be prepared from human sera. IgG was a major component in the IgA1-BP. A Protein A column was used to remove the IgG; however, about half of the IgA1-BP was passed from the column [Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun., 264 (1999) 424]. Quantitative analysis of the passed fraction (PAP) by(More)
To assess the development of kindling effect induced with low frequency electrical stimulations, we stimulated the lateral amygdala (AM group, 5 cats) and the dorsal hippocampus (HP group, 5 cats) bipolarly, once a day, with 2 mA base to peak, biphasic 1 msec square-wave pulses. In each stimulation we measured the longest inter-pulse interval required for(More)
BACKGROUND It has been found that the immunoglobulin A1-binding protein (IgA1-BP) can be separated from human serum using an asialo-, agalacto-IgA1 (aglyco-IgA1)-Sepharose column (13). As the IgA content in IgA1-BP was significantly higher in IgA nephropathy patients than that in other nephropathy patients, the relationship between IgA in IgA1-BP and(More)
A 25-year-old man was at first dermatologically suspected as suffering from Weber-Christian syndrome because of subcutaneous panniculitis, but his skin lesions disappeared completely during the course. Hyperlipidemia, disturbances in liver function, and leukemoid reaction became remarkable and he died of subarachnoid hemorrhage eleven months after onset.(More)
BACKGROUND There are reports concerning the relationship between tonsillectomy and immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN). Two reports on the biochemical analysis of over-produced IgA1 from IgAN patients were recently published. On the other hand, histochemical analysis of tonsillar tissue indicated the disordered balance in IgG and IgA producing cells and in(More)