Kazuki Yoshioka

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We investigated the expression of the genes for matrix metalloproteinases (MMP)-2 and MMP-9 in the ventricle for 1, 2 and 4 days after acute treatment with doxorubicin (DOX) to induce cardiomyopathy in mice, at a single dose of 25 mg kg(-1). Ventricle weights, ventricle weight-to-tail length ratios, and left ventricular systolic and diastolic internal(More)
The present study examined the possibility for regeneration of pancreatic endocrine cells from centroacinar (CA) and intercalated duct (ICD) cells in rat pancreas after 5 days of continuous streptozotocin (STZ) administration. Nine rats were divided into 3 experimental groups: 1) Control group, 2) Short term recovery group; three days after STZ(More)
The information needed to diagnose pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in dogs based on N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) levels is unclear. In this study, serial changes in plasma NT-proBNP and ANP concentrations were evaluated in association with the development of chronic embolic pulmonary(More)
Although transregulation between the sympathetic nervous system and the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system has been reported, it remains unclear whether sympathetic hyperactivity-induced matrix metalloproteinease (MMP) expression/activity and cardiac fibrosis are mediated by the mineralocorticoid receptor system. We investigated whether isoproterenol(More)
Campylobacter is a normal inhabitant of the chicken gut. Pathogenic infection with this organism in humans is accompanied by severe inflammation of the intestinal mucosal surface. The aim of this study was to evaluate the ability of Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 (LG2055) to inhibit the adhesion and invasion of Campylobacter jejuni in vitro and to suppress(More)
Gene expression of heparanase, matrix metalloproteinases (MMP)-2 and MMP-9 were examined in ventricles after chronic treatment with isoproterenol (ISO) induced cardiac hypertrophy in rats. Rats were treated with ISO (4 mg/kg, intraperitoneal) twice daily for 4 d. Ventricle weight of the heart and the ventricle weight/body weight ratio were increased(More)
Activins, TGF-beta superfamily members, have multiple functions in a variety of cells and tissues. Recently, additional activin beta subunit genes, betaC and betaE, have been identified. To explore the role of activin E, we created transgenic mice overexpressing human activin betaE subunit. There were pronounced differences in the pancreata of the(More)
Our objective was to investigate the effects of doxycycline, a matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) inhibitor (MMPi) on beta-agonist-induced myocardial fibrosis and MMP expression. Twenly-four Wistar-Kyoto rats were divided into 3 groups: control (CTL; n=8), isoproterenol (ISO; n=8), and isoproterenol with doxycycline (ISO+DOX; n=8). ISO and ISO+DOX rats received(More)
PURPOSE Disulfiram (DSF) exhibits a wide variety of biological activities, including an anti-inflammatory action, on which we focused our attention. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of oral DSF on endotoxin-induced uveitis (EIU) in rats. METHODS We investigated its effect upon cellular infiltration and protein leakage, as well as(More)