Junko Kuribayashi

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Mitochondrial abnormality has been implicated in various models of retinal ganglion cell (RGC) degeneration. We investigated modulation of mitochondrial membrane permeability and apoptosis-inducing factor (AIF) translocation in a rat experimental glaucoma model. A decrease in MitoTracker-labeled mitochondria around the lamina area of the optic nerve was(More)
Axonal degeneration often leads to the death of neuronal cell bodies. Previous studies demonstrated the substantial protective role of 17β-estradiol (E2) in several types of neuron. However, most studies examined cell body protection, and the role of 17β-E2 in axonal degeneration of retinal ganglion cells (RGC) remains unclear. In this study, we showed the(More)
We examined the histologic findings of optic nerve axons and changes in kinesin-1, which is involved in axonal flow, in N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA)-induced neurotoxicity in rats. Substantial degenerative changes visualized as black profiles and pale large axons were observed 72h after NMDA injection, but those degenerative changes were not apparent in axons(More)
Thalidomide, an inhibitor of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) production, has been indicated to be useful for many inflammatory and oncogenic diseases. In the present study, we examined whether thalidomide (50 mg/kg/day, p.o.) has a protective effect against N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-induced retinal neurotoxicity in rats. A morphometric analysis showed(More)
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