Kimikazu Hamano

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Fukuyama-type congenital muscular dystrophy (FCMD), one of the most common autosomal recessive disorders in Japan (incidence is 0.7-1.2 per 10,000 births), is characterized by congenital muscular dystrophy associated with brain malformation (micropolygria) due to a defect in the migration of neurons. We previously mapped the FCMD gene to a region of less(More)
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a common disease among elderly people that, when surgical treatment is inapplicable, results in progressive expansion and rupture of the aorta with high mortality. Although nonsurgical treatment for AAA is much awaited, few options are available because its molecular pathogenesis remains elusive. Here, we identify JNK as a(More)
Transforming growth factor-beta(1) (TGF-beta(1)) was found to induce the myogenic differentiation of bone marrow stem cells (BMSC). We investigated the morphological and electrophysiological properties of differentiated cells, and the mechanisms related to TGF-beta(1)-induced myogenic differentiation. We found that TGF-beta increased the expression of the(More)
The localization of immunoreactive thyrotropin-releasing hormone (IR-TRH) in the forebrain and pituitary of carp was studied immunohistochemically using the peroxidase-antiperoxidase technique. In the hypothalamus. IR-TRH was present in the neuronal processes extending from the preoptic nucleus (NPO) to the nucleus recessus lateralis (NRL). Cell bodies(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to investigate whether the mobilization and recruitment of bone marrow stem cells (BMSCs) contribute to cardioprotection in the late phase after ischemic pre-conditioning (IPC). BACKGROUND IPC is an innate phenomenon in which brief exposure to sublethal ischemia provides tissue protection from subsequent(More)
The temporal changes in intensity of myelination of the nervous pathways in 0 to 42-day-old Wistar rats were quantitatively analyzed by immunohistochemistry with anti-proteolipid protein and compared with that obtained by immunohistochemistry with anti-myelin basic protein. Immunohistochemistry was performed on paraffin-embedded tissue according to the(More)
The T2K experiment observes indications of ν(μ) → ν(e) appearance in data accumulated with 1.43×10(20) protons on target. Six events pass all selection criteria at the far detector. In a three-flavor neutrino oscillation scenario with |Δm(23)(2)| = 2.4×10(-3)  eV(2), sin(2)2θ(23) = 1 and sin(2)2θ(13) = 0, the expected number of such events is 1.5±0.3(syst).(More)
Therapeutic angiogenesis can be induced by the implantation of bone marrow mononuclear cells. We investigated the roles of mature mononuclear cell and stem cell fractions in bone marrow in this treatment. Although CD34 is the most popular marker for stem cell selection for inducing therapeutic angiogenesis, we separated CD117-positive cells (CD117+) from(More)
Febrile seizures (FSs) represent the most common form of childhood seizure. In the Japanese population, the incidence rate is as high as 7%. It has been recognized that there is a significant genetic component for susceptibility to this type of seizure. Two putative FS loci, FEB1 (chromosome 8q13-q21) and FEB2 (chromosome 19p), have been mapped.(More)
It is well known that the implantation of bone marrow mononuclear cells (BM-MNCs) into ischemic hearts can induce angiogenesis and improve cardiac function after myocardial infarction, but the precise mechanisms of these actions are unclear. We hypothesize that the cytokines produced by BM-MNCs play a key role in this cell-based therapy. BM-MNCs from rats(More)