Kinya Ashida

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We studied the cellular internalization of lactoferrin (Lf) in an intestinal epithelial cell line, Caco-2, to investigate the mechanism of biological actions of ingested Lf. RT-PCR and Western blotting analyses revealed that differentiated Caco-2 cells express LfR mRNA and its protein with a 34 kD molecular weight under reducing conditions. Biotin-labeled(More)
The purpose of the present study is to investigate the effects of hypochlorhydria induced by proton pump inhibitor (PPI) administration and intake of a dairy product fermented by lactobacilli (DFL) on bone metabolism in growing rats. Male rats, aged 3 weeks, were divided into two groups: a control group fed a casein-based diet and a group fed a DFL-based(More)
Refeeding either an arginine-devoid diet or a 14% casein diet supplemented with 1% orotic acid for 7 days to starved rats caused an increase in liver lipid content which was prevented by the addition of adenine, allopurinol and safflower oil, but not guanine, cytosine, thymine and uracil. When rats were refed the arginine-devoid diet unsupplemented or(More)
Midkine (MK) is a heparin-binding growth factor, which promotes growth, migration, and survival of various cells, and MK expression is increased in many human carcinomas. We determined the urinary MK level by enzyme-linked immunoassay. Taking 311pg/mg creatinine as a cut-off level, 70% of patients with various carcinomas (n=142) gave positive values, while(More)
The addition of lysine hydrochloride (50 g/kg) to a diet supplemented with methionine (3 g/kg) had no effect on liver lipids when rats (Wistar and Sprague-Dawley) were fed ad lib. for 14 d. However, refeeding a diet supplemented with methionine and excess lysine hydrochloride to previously-starved rats (Wistar) for 6, 7 or 9 d, but not 3 or 4 d, resulted in(More)