Keiichi Shimamura

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Recent studies have established oxidative modification of low density lipoprotein (LDL) as an important atherogenic factor. We examined the clinical relevance of circulating oxidized LDL (OxLDL) levels in atherosclerotic disease by an enzyme immunoassay with use of specific antibodies against OxLDL (FOH1a/DLH3) and apolipoprotein B. Plasma OxLDL levels were(More)
Cadherins are a family of Ca2+-dependent intercellular adhesion molecules. Complementary DNAs encoding mouse neural cadherin (N-cadherin) were cloned, and the cell binding specificity of this molecule was examined. Mouse N-cadherin shows 92 percent similarity in amino acid sequence to the chicken homolog, while it shows 49 percent and 43 percent similarity(More)
To investigate the possible role of the superoxide radical and its scavenging system in the human endometrium, the immunohistochemical distribution of superoxide dismutase (SOD), activities of SOD and lipid peroxide concentrations were studied in the human endometrium throughout the menstrual cycle and in early pregnancy. The endometrial epithelium showed a(More)
Effects of sodium vanadate on various vascular smooth muscles of guinea pigs, rabbits, and Wistar Kyoto rats (WKY) were studied. Sodium vanadate of concentrations higher than 10(-5) M induced contractions in the aortae of all animals. The contractile effects varied among vascular smooth muscles, and mesenteric arteries showed no or only weak contractile(More)
Cadherin-11 (cad-11) is a novel member of the cadherin family of cell adhesion molecules, having recently been identified by means of the polymerase chain reaction. To study the function and expression of this molecule, we cloned mouse, cad-11 cDNA. Transfection of L cells with cDNA led them to acquire a typical cadherin-dependent cell-cell adhesiveness,(More)
We found that E-cadherin (uvomorulin) is transiently expressed in restricted regions of the metencephalon, mesencephalon and diencephalon of mouse embryonic brain. This expression first occurred in parts of the mesencephalon and diencephalon at around E9.5, and subsequently extended to the primordia of cerebellum, the dorsal midline of mesencephalon and(More)
To study the relationship between follicular atresia, apoptosis, and nitric oxide (NO) generation in follicular development, steroidogenesis, NO levels in follicular fluid and apoptosis were analysed in the various sized follicles of women receiving ovarian stimulation with human menopausal gonadotrophin (HMG)-human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) treatments(More)
Oxidized low density lipoprotein (oxLDL) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. Recent studies have shown that immunization of animals with oxLDL results in suppression of atherogenesis. Antibody against oxLDL (oxLDL Ab) is detectable in human sera, although its biological significance is not well established. We examined the(More)
We found that the dorsal root ganglia (DRG) and trigeminal ganglia of mouse embryos express the E-cadherin cell-cell adhesion molecule and analyzed its expression profile. E-cadherin expression began around Embryonic Day 12 (E12) in these ganglia, thereafter increased, and persisted to the adult stage. This cadherin was expressed by 10 and 30% of DRG(More)
The pharmacokinetics of platinum in cancer patients were examined following an intravenous infusion of cis-diammine(glycolato) platinum, 254-S. The plasma concentrations of total platinum, which decreased biexponentially after the infusion, were proportional to the dose over the range of 10 to 120 mg/m2, suggesting linearity of the pharmacokinetics. The(More)