Kazuki Miyaji

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OBJECTIVE Previous histochemical studies in the demyelinating form of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (AIDP), have shown complement deposition on the surface of Schwann cells, and therefore unknown epitopes would be present on the outer surface of Schwann cells. METHODS We used a proteomic-based approach to(More)
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is one of the most prevalent causative agents of lower respiratory tract infections worldwide, especially in infants around 3 to 4months old. Infants at such a young age have maternally-transferred passive antibodies against RSV but do not have active immune systems efficient enough for the control of RSV infection. In(More)
A few studies have reported the association of autoantibodies to GM1 or GQ1bα with Alzheimer's disease (AD) or vascular dementia. Here we investigated whether patients with AD or vascular dementia had high titers of the anti-ganglioside antibodies. Sera were obtained from patients with AD (n = 22), vascular dementia (n = 14), Guillain-Barré syndrome, and(More)
Serum samples from 191 ostriches (Struthio camelus) in Japan were tested for antibodies to Newcastle disease virus (NDV) and avian influenza virus (AIV). Twenty-two (12%) contained NDV-specific neutralizing antibodies by a virus-neutralization (VN) test without vaccination. Antibodies to AIV were not detected in the any sera by an agar gel precipitation(More)
The present study investigated IgE reactivity to a new Cryptomeria japonica pollen allergen (Cry j 3) in dogs with atopic dermatitis by using a fluorometric ELISA. Serum samples from 15 dogs that showed IgE sensitivity to crude C. japonica pollen allergen by ELISA were tested for specific IgE to each allergen, individually. All 15 dogs had anti-Cry j 1 IgE,(More)
Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica; CJ) pollinosis is a type I allergy induced by CJ pollen, and Cry j 2 is one of the major allergens in this pollen. In a previous study, we analyzed IgE epitopes on Cry j 2 in humans by using synthetic peptides. The main purpose of this study was to identify B-cell epitopes on Cry j 2 in patients with CJ pollinosis by(More)
Canine non-rabies combined vaccines are widely used to protect animals from infectious agents, and also play an important role in public health. We performed a large-scale survey to investigate vaccine-associated adverse events (VAAEs), including anaphylaxis, in Japan by distributing questionnaires on VAAEs to veterinary hospitals from April 1, 2006 through(More)
From an evolutionary perspective, the ancestors of cetaceans first lived in terrestrial environments prior to adapting to aquatic environments. Whereas anatomical and morphological adaptations to aquatic environments have been well studied, few studies have focused on physiological changes. We focused on plasma amino acid concentrations (aminograms) since(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of diet on the feline stress response by measuring plasma and urinary cortisol. A study diet was developed with a unique combination of nutrients that supports the management of stressful situations. The specific formulation of the diet included alpha-casozepine, which is believed to have an anxiolytic(More)
Tetraspanin family proteins, CD9, CD81 and CD82 are expressed in the oligodendrocytes and Schwann cells. We investigated autoantibodies to tetraspanin proteins in patients with demyelinating diseases. Sera were collected from 119 multiple sclerosis patients, 19 neuromyelitis optica, 42 acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, 23 chronic inflammatory(More)