Katsuaki Magari

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The aim of this study was to elucidate the in vitro inhibitory potency of FK506 on production of the inflammatory cytokines, tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha and interleukin (IL)-1beta, with a view to assessing this immunosuppressive agent as a potential anti-rheumatic drug. We employed an in vitro model which produces TNF-alpha and IL-1beta through T(More)
The objective of this study was to investigate the therapeutic potential of FK506 and other immunosuppressive agents for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), focusing on the effects on in vitro IL-6 production and IL-6-mediated immune response. We employed an in vitro model producing IL-6 via T cell activation in human PBMC, based on the hypothesis(More)
We achieved apodization in a quasi-phase-matched wavelength converter. The new design yields a large bandwidth and a flat phase-matching response with a high conversion efficiency. Using the method, we demonstrate widely tunable 3.4 microm band difference frequency generation in a LiNbO3 ridge waveguide.
We propose a novel quasi-phase-matched (QPM) device that can generate unequally spaced multiple wavelengths. Unequally spaced multiple QPM peaks can be obtained by employing the optimized phase modulation of a periodic domain structure. We fabricated a LiNbO3 waveguide device for 3.2-3.4 microm band difference frequency generation based on the design. Using(More)
We compared three benidipine-based regimens-that is, benidipine plus angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB), β-blocker (BB) or thiazide-and found that the benidipine-BB combination was less beneficial in reducing the risk of stroke than the benidipine-thiazide combination. This sub-analysis sought to compare the effects of reaching a target blood pressure (BP)(More)
Visit-to-visit blood pressure (BP) variability is an important predictor of stroke. However, which antihypertensive drug combination is better at reducing visit-to-visit BP variability and therefore at reducing stroke incidence remains uncertain. We have previously reported that the dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker benidipine combined with a(More)
A biomimetic prosthesis was prepared from canine arterial wall by extraction with 70% formic acid. Under these conditions, the arterial architecture consisting of elastic lamella was conserved and the tensile strength was retained. Attachment of 51Cr-endothelial cells to the surface of the prosthesis was enhanced in the presence of collagen (50(More)
Rovibration absorption lines both of 12CO and 13CO are observed simultaneously with the output of a 2 microm broadband difference frequency generated in a direct-bonded quasi-phase-matched LiNbO3 waveguide, which is a 50 mm device with a single quasi-phase-matching period that is operated at a constant temperature. The wavelength conversion efficiency and(More)
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