Junji Takaya

Learn More
In this paper, we report the usefulness of magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) in excluding biliary atresia (BA) as the cause of neonatal cholestasis. MRCP with a 1.5-T magnetic resonance (MR) imaging unit was performed on four jaundiced neonates and infants aged from 38 days to 106 days. The diagnosis of BA (n=2) was confirmed with surgery,(More)
UNLABELLED Magnesium, the second most abundant intracellular divalent cation, is a cofactor of many enzymes involved in glucose metabolism. Magnesium has an important role in insulin action, and insulin stimulates magnesium uptake in insulin-sensitive tissues. Impaired biological responses to insulin is referred to as insulin resistance. This review was(More)
A 25-year-old man was admitted to Juntendo University Hospital with chief complaints of nocturnal dyspnea and shortness of breath on Sept. 22, 1983. He had no history of rheumatic fever or bacterial endocarditis. He was violently kicked in the chest while practicing Shorinji-Kempo (Karate) in July 1977. His heart murmur was first noticed in April 1978, but(More)
BACKGROUND Nitric oxide (NO) is known to modulate myocardial contraction and coronary tone, and its inhalation reduces pulmonary vascular resistance in patients with pulmonary hypertension. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the pathophysiological role of NO in patients with a ventricular septal defect (VSD). PATIENTS Twenty-nine children with VSD, nine of whom had(More)
To explore the etiology of altered Ca metabolism in essential hypertension, we studied parameters, i.e., maximal initial reaction velocity (Vmax) and Michaelis constant (Km), of Ca activation kinetics of Ca2(+)-ATPase in membrane fractions (isolated by a sucrose gradient) from platelets of blacks and whites, 27 of whom were essential hypertensives, 17 of(More)
We report the case of a 3-year-old boy with Ménétrier’s disease who presented with prominent anasarca associated with hypoproteinemia, but no proteinuria. An early sonogram of the stomach demonstrated thickening of the gastric wall which was found to resolve gradually on serial sonograms. Consequently, we considered that the submucosal layer of the gastric(More)
Magnesium (Mg2+), the second most abundant intracellular cation, is a critical cofactor in numerous enzymatic reactions. After stimulation of platelets with insulin and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), we examined changes in cytosolic free Mg2+ ([Mg2+]i) by using fluorescent probe magfura-2. Basal [Mg2+]i in platelets was 614 +/- 1 microM (mean +/-(More)
Magnesium deficiency in pregnant women is frequently seen because of inadequate or low intake of magnesium. Magnesium deficiency during pregnancy can induce not only maternal and fetal nutritional problems, but also consequences that might last in offspring throughout life. Many epidemiological studies have shown that restricted fetal growth, i.e.(More)
Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) is a nonselective nitric oxide (NO) synthase inhibitor associated with cardiovascular and metabolic disorders. In several prospective and cross-sectional studies, ADMA has evolved as a marker of cardiovascular risk. However, there is limited information on this serum marker in young people, particularly in those with(More)
UNLABELLED Kawasaki disease (KD) is an acute vasculitis of unknown aetiology with varied clinical manifestations. Although coronary arteritis is common in the course of KD, central nervous system involvement is rare. We report a case of KD in an infant who developed convulsions and apnoea during his illness associated with syndrome of inappropriate(More)