Koji Tsunekawa

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Naofen has recently been identified from the rat brain/spinal cord cDNA library as a substance reactive against an anti-shigatoxin (Stx)-2 antibody. Naofen mRNA is composed of 4620 nucleotides and encodes 1170 amino acids. Naofen contains four WD-repeat domains in its N-terminus and is ubiquitously distributed in many tissues of the rat. Tumor necrosis(More)
Hyperglycemia/high glucose may induce apoptosis in diabetic kidney, but the mechanism is not fully understood. Naofen was found as a Shiga toxin (Stx)-2-related protein. Based on renal dysfunction in infection with Stx-producing Escherichia coli and on participation of naofen in apoptosis of human embryonic kidney cells, the present study was undertaken to(More)
AIM   Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) causes apoptosis of hepatocytes, which is probably mediated by inflammatory substances released from Kupffer cells (KCs). Recently, we have reported that naofen, a newly found intracellular WD40-repeat protein, has a role in inducing the apoptosis in HEK293 cells. Hence, the present study was undertaken to investigate a role(More)
Bupivacaine-induced neurotoxicity has been shown to occur through apoptosis. Recently, bupivacaine was shown to elicit reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and induce apoptosis accompanied by activation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) in a human neuroblastoma cell line. We have reported that WDR35, a WD40-repeat protein, may mediate(More)
AIM The present study was undertaken to evaluate the effects of 1-O-hexyl-2,3,5-trimethylhydroquinone (HTHQ), a synthesized vitamin E derivative, on carbon tetrachloride (CCl(4))-induced cirrhosis. METHODS Rats were treated with hypodermic injections of CCl(4) twice a week to induce the hepatic cirrhosis, and given drinking water containing HTHQ or(More)
BACKGROUND Problem-based learning (PBL) involves discussions among students who resolve loosely-structured problems to facilitate learning. In the PBL curriculum, faculty tutors are employed as facilitators for small groups of students. Because of lack of time and staff shortage, the effectiveness of tutorless PBL has been discussed as an alternate option.(More)
BACKGROUND Nitric oxide (NO) has been reported to be a key mediator in hepatocyte proliferation during liver regeneration. NO is the oxidative metabolite of L-arginine, and is produced by a family of enzymes, collective termed nitric oxide synthase (NOS). Thus, administration of L-arginine might enhance liver regeneration after a hepatectomy. Another amino(More)
Domoic acid (DA) is an excitatory amino acid analogue of kainic acid (KA) that acts via activation of glutamate receptors to elicit a rapid and potent excitotoxic response, resulting in neuronal cell death. Recently, DA was shown to elicit reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and induce apoptosis accompanied by activation of p38 mitogen-activated(More)
Naofen (GenBank accession no. EF613262), a newly found intracellular protein in the WD-repeat-2 protein family, has been cloned as an anti-verotoxin II antibody immunoreactive substance, and the nucleotide- and amino acid-sequences have been clarified. The present study was undertaken to evaluate the roles of naofen especially in carbon tetrachloride(More)
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