Kohei Furuta

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Lysosome-associated membrane proteins (LAMPs) are structural glycoproteins located on the lysosomal membrane and are thought to have an important role in protein degradation. Increased lysosomal activity is associated with the formation of rimmed vacuoles, which are observed in various muscle disorders such as inclusion body myositis (IBM) and distal(More)
Two channel proteins, inwardly rectifying potassium channel 4.1 (Kir4.1) and water channel aquaporin-4 (AQP4), were recently identified as targets of an autoantibody response in patients with multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica, respectively. In the present study, we examined the expression patterns of Kir4.1 and AQP4 in a mouse model of(More)
We investigated the effects of auraptene on mouse oligodendroglial cell lineage in an animal model of demyelination induced by cuprizone. Auraptene, a citrus coumarin, was intraperitoneally administered to mice fed the demyelinating agent cuprizone. Immunohistochemical analysis of the corpus callosum and/or Western blotting analysis of brain extracts(More)
Effects of phellodendrine (OB-5) on crescentic-type anti-GBM nephritis in rats and the cell number of the various leukocyte subpopulations in the glomeruli of the nephritic rats were investigated. OB-5 at 25, 50 and 100 mg/kg/day, p.o. prevented the urinary protein excretion by the 19th day after i.v.-injection of anti-GBM serum. In the OB-5-treated rats,(More)
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