Kazumasa Hamano

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Although immunoassayable relaxin has been detected in human and boar seminal plasma, there is no evidence suggesting the existence of immunoreactive relaxin in the seminal plasma of other domestic animals. The first objective of this study was to determine whether immunoreactive relaxin was present in the seminal plasma of bulls, rams and he-goats. In(More)
It is evident that cytokines play an important role in the pathogenesis as well as disease progression of IgA nephropathy (IgAN). Several gene polymorphisms of the pertinent cytokines have an influence on the level of cytokine production. Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra) gene polymorphism has been found to affect disease susceptibility and(More)
Plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1) and tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) are the major regulators of plasmin generation. Glomerular PAI-1/tPA balance is involved in extracellular matrix turnover, as well as fibrin deposition in glomeruli. Renal biopsy specimens were obtained from 80 patients with either primary or secondary glomerulonephritis(More)
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