Keiichi Higuchi

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This study examined age-dependent deficits in the learning and memory of inferential tasks, using an established senescence-accelerated mouse model in age-related brain dysfunction (SAMP8) and its genetically related inbred strain (SAMR1). The mice learned two sets of nonspatial odor-odor pairs by association learning successively (i.e., A-->B, X-->Y, then(More)
The SAMP1 strain is a mouse model for accelerated senescence and severe senile amyloidosis. We determined whether supplementation with coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) could decelerate aging in SAMP1 mice and its potential role in aging. Plasma concentrations of CoQ10 and CoQ9 decreased with age in SAMP1 but not in SAMR1 mice. Supplementation with reduced CoQ10 (CoQH2,(More)
β-Amyloid (Aβ) is deposited in neurons and vascular cells of the brain and is characterized as a pathologic feature of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Recently studies have reported that there is an association between cardiovascular risk factors and AD, however the mechanism of this association is still uncertain. In this study we observed Aβ had an effect on(More)
Senescence-accelerated mice (SAM) are a series of mouse strains originally derived from unexpected crosses between AKR/J and unknown mice, from which phenotypically distinct senescence-prone (SAMP) and -resistant (SAMR) inbred strains were subsequently established. Although SAMP strains have been widely used for aging research focusing on their short life(More)
Common neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD), are now considered as "protein misfolding diseases," because the misfolding of a small number of proteins is a key event in the pathogenesis and progression of these diseases. Proteins that are prone to misfolding and thereby associated with neurodegenerative(More)
The most serious issue in domino liver transplantation (DLT) using liver grafts from patients with transthyretin (TTR)-related familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) is the development of iatrogenic transmitted amyloidosis (de novo amyloidosis) in DLT-recipients. However, little is known regarding the mechanisms of the initial stage of amyloid formation in(More)
BACKGROUND Serum amyloid A (SAA), an acute-phase protein, is expressed primarily in the liver, and recently found also expressed in cancer tissues. However, its expression and prognostic value in breast cancer have not been described. RESULTS SAA protein was found expressed in tumor cells in 44.2% cases and in TAM in 62.5% cases. FISH showed more frequent(More)