Kaori Yasutake

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beta-Amyloid (Abeta) acquires toxicity by self-aggregation. To identify and characterize the toxic form(s) of Abeta aggregates, we examined in vitro aggregation conditions by using large quantities of homogenous, chemically synthesized Abeta1-40 peptide. We found that slow rotation of Abeta1-40 solution reproducibly gave self-aggregated Abeta1-40 containing(More)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an adult-onset neurodegenerative disease characterized by a selective loss of upper and lower motor neurons. Since oxidative stress plays a crucial role in the progression of motor neuron loss observed in ALS, anti-oxidative agents could be an important therapeutic means for the ALS treatment. We have previously(More)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an adult-onset motor neuron degenerative disease. Given that oxidative stress and resulting chronic neuronal inflammation are thought to be central pathogenic, anti-oxidative agents and modulators of neuronal inflammation could be potential therapies for ALS. We report here that the novel small molecular compound,(More)
Antioxidant defense is crucial in restoring cellular redox homeostasis. Recent findings have suggested that oxidative stress plays pivotal roles in the pathogenesis of many neurodegenerative diseases. Thus, an anti-oxidative stress remedy might be a promising means for the treatment of such disorders. In this study, we employed a novel ligand-based virtual(More)
Stem cells represent a potential cellular resource in the development of regenerative medicine approaches to the treatment of pathologies in which specific cells are degenerated or damaged by genetic abnormality, disease, or injury. Securing sufficient supplies of cells suited to the demands of cell transplantation, however, remains challenging, and the(More)
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are promising in regenerative medicine. However, the risks of teratoma formation and the overgrowth of the transplanted cells continue to be major hurdles that must be overcome. Here, we examined the efficacy of the inducible caspase-9 (iCaspase9) gene as a fail-safe against undesired tumorigenic transformation(More)
Microtubule-associated protein tau is the major component of the filamentous neurofibrillary lesions of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other tauopathies. Recently, it has been reported that tau isoforms lacking both N-terminal exon 2 and exon 3 do not form straight filament- or paired helical filament-like filaments in vitro, and that the N-terminal exons(More)
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