Kaori Sasaki

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The adverse effect of Ti on body-defense macrophage is not well understood. The aims of this study were twofold: (1) to examine the intracellular accumulation of Ti element; and (2) to measure the cell viability, superoxide dismutase (SOD) production, and TNF-alpha secretion of macrophage-like RAW264 cells cultured for two days in medium with 1 ppm Ti(More)
We hypothesized that serial changes in platelet (PLT) mitochondrial enzyme (ME) activities might correspond to the effects of medications for mitochondrial encephalomyopathy and stroke-like episodes (MELAS). Cytochrome c and sodium dichloroacetate (DCA) were given to a 7-year-old girl with MELAS who had an A3243G mitochondrial DNA mutation. The effects were(More)
Ten glucocerebrosides, HPC-3-A-HPC-3-J, have been isolated from their obtained parent glucocerebroside molecular species HPC-3, together with other glucocerebroside molecular species HPC-1 and HPC-2, from the less polar lipid fraction of a chloroform/methanol extract of the sea cucumber Holothuria pervicax. The structures of these glucocerebrosides have(More)
PURPOSE We analyzed the short- and long-term effects of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) therapy for patients with epileptic spasms (ESs) who did not meet the criteria of West syndrome (WS). METHODS The subjects were 30 patients, including 13 boys and 17 girls, who had received ACTH therapy between 1970 and 2003. We excluded patients with WS, but(More)
The bone metabolic processes of proliferation and differentiation in preterm and term newborns have yet to be fully elucidated. Seventy-four umbilical cord blood samples were collected from preterm and term newborns delivered at 27 to 42 gestational weeks (GWs). Carboxy-terminal propeptide of type I procollagen (PICP), pyridinoline cross-linked telopeptide(More)
We isolated stable cell lines, designated as mitochondrial cells, from cybrids obtained by fusing mitochondria-less HeLa cells with platelets from patients with Leigh syndrome, a subtype of mitochondrial encephalomyopathy. The cells contain a pathogenic point mutation, T9176C, in the mitochondrial DNA. Hematoxylin-eosin staining, confocal fluorescent(More)
Phenytoin, one of the most common antiepileptic drugs, is a major cause of antiepileptic drug hypersensitivity syndrome (AHS), which is a rare but potentially fatal complication. We herein report a 5-year-old boy who developed unexpected agranulocytosis with fever approximately one week after recovering from the typical symptoms of AHS, characterized by(More)
Specific targeting of tissues and/or cells is essential for any type of drug delivery system because this determines the efficacy and side effects of the drug. Poly lactic-co-glycolic acids (PLGA) have long been used as biomaterials for drug delivery due to their excellent biocompatibility and biodegradability. Direct visualization of PLGA particles is(More)
Further development of bio-compatible, bio-absorbable, and osteo-conductive bio-materials is desired for bone grafts in dental and medical clinics. One candidate material might be a high-density apatite/collagen composite, which cures relatively large bone defects. To produce such a composite, we freeze-dried type I collagen solution, cross-linked the(More)
BACKGROUND Immediate access to patients' complete health records via electronic databases could improve healthcare and facilitate health research. However, the possible benefits of a national electronic health records (EHR) system must be balanced against public concerns about data security and personal privacy. Successful development of EHR requires better(More)