Isao Kihara

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The distribution of major components of the basement membrane, such as type IV collagen, laminin, and heparan sulfate proteoglycan (HSPG), was investigated in the rat cochlear duct. Immunofluorescence demonstrated that type IV collagen, laminin and HSPG were distributed along capillaries in the cochlear duct, including the stria vascularis, spiral ligament,(More)
Anti-glomerular basement membrane (GBM) nephritis in WKY rats is characterized by an accumulation of CD8-positive lymphocytes (CD8+ lym) and monocytes/macrophages (Mo/M psi) in the glomeruli and crescent formation. In the study presented here, the involvement of a chemokine for Mo/M psi, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), was examined in this(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of the present study was to clarify the relationship between factors having an influence on obesity improvement programs and psychosocial factors from a more comprehensive point of view. METHODS We studied a total of 43 subjects with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 kg/m(2) or higher who wished to take part in an obesity improvement(More)
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