Kei Kimizuka

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Carbon monoxide (CO), a byproduct of heme catalysis by heme oxygenases, has been shown to exert anti-inflammatory effects. This study examines the cytoprotective efficacy of inhaled CO during intestinal cold ischemia/reperfusion injury associated with small intestinal transplantation. Orthotopic syngenic intestinal transplantation was performed in Lewis(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The aim of this study was to clarify prognostic factors after surgical treatments in gastric cancer patients having synchronous liver metastases. METHODOLOGY Clinicopathological features and prognosis were retrospectively reviewed in 43 surgical patients with gastric cancer with concomitant liver metastases from 1984 to 1998. RESULTS(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) protects against inflammation in many disease models. By degrading heme, HO-1 generates carbon monoxide (CO), iron and biliverdin. We investigated whether biliverdin would protect rat syngeneic small intestinal transplants (SITx) against damage and, if so, by what mechanism. METHODS Motility was assessed by organ(More)
BACKGROUND Heme oxygenase (HO)-1 system has been shown to provide protection against oxidative stress through the degradation of heme to biliverdin, free iron, and carbon monoxide (CO). This study investigated cytoprotective efficacy of CO at a low concentration on cold ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury of transplanted intestine. METHODS Lewis rat(More)
Both carbon monoxide (CO) and biliverdin, products of heme degradation by heme oxygenase, have been shown to attenuate ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. We hypothesized in this study that dual-treatment with CO and biliverdin would induce enhanced protective effects against cold I/R injury. Heterotopic heart and orthotopic kidney transplantation were(More)
Chronic allograft nephropathy (CAN) is the primary cause for late kidney allograft loss. Carbon monoxide (CO), a product of heme metabolism by heme oxygenases, is known to impart protection against various stresses. We hypothesized that CO could minimize the chronic fibroinflammatory process and protect kidney allografts from CAN. Lewis kidney grafts were(More)
We have shown that tacrolimus (TAC)-induced liver allograft acceptance is associated with migration and persistence of donor B cells and dendritic cells (DC). To clarify whether these MHC class II+ leukocytes have favorable roles in inducing tolerance, we analyzed recipient T cell reactions after allogeneic B or DC infusion. LEW rat B cells localized(More)
Carbon monoxide (CO), a product of heme metabolism by heme oxygenases, is known to impart protection against oxidative stress. We hypothesized that CO would protect ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury of transplanted organs, and the efficacy of CO was studied in the rat kidney transplantation model. A Lewis rat kidney graft, preserved in University of(More)
Organ allografts have been shown to provide a syngeneic microenvironment for organ-based donor hematopoietic stem cells to maintain long-lasting chimerism after transplantation. We hypothesized that organ allografts would also support engraftment and hematopoiesis of adjunctively infused donor marrow stem cells, syngeneic to organ grafts, in nonmyeloablated(More)
BACKGROUND Brain metastasis from breast cancer has a poor prognosis. For solitary cerebral metastases, surgical resection may contribute to the improvement of survival and QOL. We studied the prognosis and characteristics of solitary brain metastasis from breast cancer in patients undergoing surgical resection. METHODS Seventeen patients had tumors(More)