Kohji Umemura

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The accumulation of polyols has been previously found in renal glomeruli isolated from streptozocin-induced diabetic (STZ-D) rats, although the intraglomerular polyol pathway has not been exactly localized. Because we have previously observed mesangial cell dysfunction in STZ-D rats, we examined whether the polyol pathway exists in mesangial cells as a(More)
The effect of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor spirapril on structural and functional parameters of volume-overloaded rat hearts was evaluated in a time-course study. Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) was induced by graded disruption of the aortic valve in male Wistar rats. Four weeks later, structural (LV mass and LV wall thickness) as(More)
Although the enhanced activity of the polyol pathway has been detected in diabetic glomeruli, the intraglomerular localization of this pathway has not yet been well defined. In this study, we attempted to identify aldose reductase, a key enzyme of the polyol pathway, in cultured rat mesangial cells and to characterize the properties of this enzyme using(More)
Serum and corpuscular nickel and zinc concentrations in 30 chronic hemodialysis patients were examined. Serum nickel and zinc levels before dialysis were 0.22 +/- 0.03 microgram/dl (normal value: 0.56 +/- 0.08 microgram/dl) and 70.0 +/- 13.4 micrograms/dl (normal value: 96 +/- 8 micrograms/dl) low, respectively. However, corpuscular nickel and zinc levels(More)
(6-Amidino-2-naphthyl 4-guanidino benzoate) dimethanesulfonate (FUT-175), a protease inhibitor, has been reported to be an effective anticoagulant during hemodialysis without heparin. The anticoagulant activity of FUT-175 is also reported to be short. We applied FUT-175 to 33 patients who were undergoing hemodialysis and susceptible to bleeding, to avoid(More)
The antihypertensive effect of calcium antagonists is altered little by high salt intake or concomitant diuretic treatment. We therefore investigated whether modest changes in the salt balance might alter the acute response of the renin-angiotensin system to the calcium antagonist isradipine in conscious rabbits. Mongrel rabbits with indwelling arterial and(More)
Cord blood (CB) is becoming an increasingly attractive alternative stem cell source for allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), but the outcomes of CB transplantation (CBT) are inconsistent. In the present study, we compared non-infectious transplantation-related complications (NITRCs) post-CBT in patients with acute myeloid leukemia(More)
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