Kazuo Fukawa

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Leg weakness in pigs is a serious problem in the pig industry. We performed a whole genome quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis to find QTLs affecting leg weakness traits in the Landrace population. Half-sib progeny (n = 522) with five sires were measured for leg weakness traits. Whole genome QTL mapping was performed using a half-sib regression-based(More)
We performed a genome-wide association study using the porcine 60K SNP array to detect QTL regions for nine traits in a three-generational Duroc samples (n = 651), viz. generations 1, 2 and 3 from a population selected over five generations using a closed nucleus breeding scheme. We applied a linear mixed model for association mapping to detect SNP effects,(More)
In the present study, a sequential observation of the gastric lesions or ulcers in rats weighing from 100 g was made with an endoscope. It was found that bleeding, edema, hyperemia, fur of ulcer and convergences of the mucosal folds in the stomach could be observed in rats with a SES-1717S (phi = 1.7 mm) or SES-2217S (phi = 2.2 mm) endoscope. Furthermore,(More)
A method is described for evaluating antinociceptive activity in rats using writhing responses induced by 4% sodium chloride solution. Narcotic and nonnarcotic analgesics, narcotic antagonists except naloxone, and antipyretic and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs were effectively evaluated at relatively low doses using this method. Parenteral ED50 values(More)
In our studies with drug combinations, we search for mixtures which would enhance the effectiveness of the related active substances. Ethenzamide was found to possess a specific suppressive effect on the gastric damage induced by aspirin. Such effect could not be demonstrated in analgesic agents such as salicylamide, bucetin, acetaminophen and phenacetin.(More)
We evaluated multiple effects of genetic variations of five candidate loci (LEP, LEPR, MC4R, PIK3C3 and VRTN) on four production traits (average daily weight gain (ADG); backfat thickness (BFT); loin eye muscle area (EMA); and intramuscular fat content (IMF)) in a closed nucleus herd of pure Duroc pigs. Polymorphisms in LEPR, MC4R and PIK3C3 had significant(More)
BACKGROUND Successful engraftment of human hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) in a large animal may serve not only as a model to study human hematopoiesis but also as a bioreactor to expand human HSPCs in vivo. The aim of this study was to accomplish xenotransplantation of human HSPCs into pig. METHODS Total mononuclear or CD34-positive HSPCs(More)
The following results were obtained as the result of the sequential observations with an endoscope of the gastric ulcer produced by submucosal injection of acetic acid in rats. 1) The size of the ulcer produced by acetic acid injection observed on the 3rd day after ulcer induction depended on the concentration and volume of acetic acid. 2) The natural(More)