Kotaro Kunimi

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OBJECTIVE The aim of the present study was to clarify the changes in circulating cytokines and chemokines in women during the menopausal transition by using a detailed classification. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 554 women were recruited for this study from the outpatient clinic of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tokushima University(More)
Human seminal plasma contains a factor that binds human IgG, designated as immunoglobulin binding factor (IgBF). Under reducing condition IgBF interacts with anti-Leu-11b, a murine monoclonal antibody raised against human FcgammaRIII/CD16. IgBF shows no binding activity under non-reducing condition. Three components having IgBF activity were separated by(More)
Secretion of glucocorticoids is widely known as a key endocrine response to stresses. Prenatal dexamethasone administration induces intrauterine growth retardation and delayed onset of puberty in female rats independent of the hypothalamic Kiss1-gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) system. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of chronic(More)
OBJECTIVE We examined (1) the change in circulating adiponectin in women during the menopausal transition and (2) the associations of adiponectin levels with estrogen, androgen and sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) in women during the menopausal transition. METHODS We conducted a cross-sectional study in 235 healthy women and divided them into 7 stages(More)
Menopausal symptoms, bone loss, changes in lipid profiles and reduction of insulin sensitivity due to an abrupt decrease in circulating estrogen level are well known in women during the menopausal transition. On the other hand, the effect of androgen on women's health has not been fully elucidated. Circulating levels of testosterone and(More)
Myeloid-related protein-8 (MRP-8), MRP-14, and MRP-8/14 are found in a variety of inflammatory conditions and are involved in the host defense system. The objective of this study was to determine the concentrations of MRP-8, MRP-14, and MRP-8/14 in human cervical mucus and the associations between MRP-8/14 and proinflammatory cytokines. Samples of cervical(More)
BACKGROUND Estrogen deficiency due to natural menopause or surgical menopause has been suggested to have an adverse effect on insulin resistance. Testosterone and sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) as well as estrogen are also associated with insulin resistance in women. However, to date, the associations of estradiol, testosterone and SHBG with insulin(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify the target antigen of sperm-immobilizing antibodies present in the circulation of infertile women. DESIGN Laboratory research. SETTING Academic research laboratory. PATIENT(S) Twenty-nine infertile women with sperm-immobilizing antibodies, 22 infertile women with other disorders, and 20 fertile women. INTERVENTION(S) Titers of(More)
OBJECTIVE High-molecular weight (HMW) isoform level and HMW ratio have been shown to be better predictors of insulin sensitivity and metabolic syndrome than total adiponectin level.We examined the changes in circulating levels of HMW adiponectin and ratios of HMW to total adiponectin in women during the menopausal transition. METHODS We conducted a(More)