Kimihiko Nakatani

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Angiogenesis is considered to play an important role in the development of malignant brain tumors, especially glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Abnormal vascular construction with a glomeruloid appearance is characteristic of GBM. beta-catenin is known as one of the adhesive molecules associated not only with cell adhesion and cell polarity, but also with(More)
Chronic hypoxia accelerates renal fibrosis. The chief mediator of the hypoxic response is hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1) and its oxygen-sensitive component HIF-1alpha. HIF-1 regulates a wide variety of genes, some of which are closely associated with tissue fibrosis. To determine the specific role of HIF-1 in renal fibrosis, we generated a knockout(More)
A polymorphism in the angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) gene has been associated with cerebrovascular diseases as a new potent risk factor. The purpose of this study was to investigate an association of the gene polymorphism with intracranial saccural aneurysmal patients. The study population consisted of 83 aneurysmal patients (age range 41-85 years)(More)
Renal α-Klotho (α-KL) plays a fundamental role as a co-receptor for fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23), a phosphaturic hormone and regulator of 1,25(OH)2 vitamin D3 (1,25VitD3). Disruption of FGF23-α-KL signaling is thought to be an early hallmark of chronic kidney disease (CKD) involving reduced renal α-KL expression and a reciprocal rise in serum FGF23.(More)
A case of persistent primitive proatlantal intersegmental artery (PPPIA) associated with a ruptured basilar bifurcation aneurysm was reported. A 44-year-old male with sudden headache was admitted to our hospital. CT scan revealed subarachnoid hemorrhage. Cerebral angiography revealed anomalous anastomosis between the internal carotid artery and the(More)
OBJECTIVE Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is currently the most widely accepted treatment for acute myocardial infarction (AMI). It remains unclear, however, whether post-AMI conditions might exacerbate neointimal hyperplasia and restenosis following PCI. Given that both a medial smooth muscle cell lineage and a bone marrow (BM)-derived(More)
Although many studies have reported that odorants can elicit inhibitory responses as well as excitatory responses in vertebrate olfactory receptor neurons, the cellular mechanisms that underlie this inhibition are unclear. Here we examine the inhibitory effect of odorants on newt olfactory receptor neurons using whole cell patch clamp recording. At high(More)
Deleted in colorectal carcinoma (DCC) gene has been as a candidate of tumor suppressor genes, has been identified recently and is thought to relate to the metastatic potential in some cancers. We examined the gene in 60 human gliomas (26 glioblastomas multiforme (GBMs), 16 anaplastic astrocytomas (AAs), 6 low grade astrocytomas (LGAs) of WHO Grade II, and(More)
BACKGROUND Corticosteroids are frequently used to treat patients with active IgA nephropathy (IgAN); however, there have been few reports describing factors that are predictive of the response to corticosteroid treatment. The purpose of this study is to determine the extent to which fibroblast-specific protein 1-positive (FSP1(+)) cells are predictive of(More)
The relationship between hyperperfusion and temporary clipping was evaluated to determine the safe limit for the duration of temporary clipping in aneurysm surgery. Twenty-one patients surgically treated for a ruptured aneurysm were examined using xenon-enhanced computed tomography on postoperative days 4 to 13. Eight of the 16 patients undergoing temporary(More)