Masaaki Saiki

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Further to the wellestablished association between apolipoprotein E (APOE) and Alzheimer’s disease, this gene has also been implicated in both susceptibility to, and dementia in, Parkinson’s disease (PD). However studies to date have produced contradictory findings. We conducted a case-control study in a population of 528 PD patients and 512 healthy(More)
OBJECT A variety of factors may affect surgery-related outcome in patients with ossification of the ligamentum flavum (OLF) of the thoracic spine. The aim of this study was to determine these factors on the basis of preoperative clinical and radiological findings. METHODS The authors treated 31 cases of symptomatic thoracic OLF between 1988 and 1999. The(More)
Since the development of a specific monoclonal antibody against the thymidine analogue bromodeoxyuridine (BUdR), many investigators have used intravenous infusion of BUdR to estimate the proliferative potential of human brain tumors. However, side effects such as the induction of cell mutation, latent virus promotion, or inhibition of cytodifferentiation(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the abilities of recombinant adenovirus carrying the basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) gene to (1) produce bFGF protein in vitro and (2) rescue retinal photoreceptors in Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) rats in vivo. METHODS Cultured human retinal pigment epithelial cells were infected with one of the following two(More)
Vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation associated with arterial injury causes restenosis, which remains to be resolved in cardiovascular and ischemic cerebrovascular disease, especially after balloon angioplasty. Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) is a potent mitogen and a trophic factor for a variety of cells, including VSMCs. We constructed a(More)
Two unusual cases of brain metastasis from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are described. A 15-year-old boy presented with intracerebral hemorrhage from brain metastasis from HCC, and died of rebleeding 1 month after surgery. Cerebral metastatic HCC in a child is quite rare, and has not previously been reported. A 65-year-old male with a 2-year history of(More)
To investigate the possibility of adenovirus-mediated gene transfer in the treatment of vascular occlusive diseases, we constructed a replication-deficient recombinant adenovirus vector coding for human basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and examined its effect on the proliferation and differentiation of vascular endothelial cells in vitro. Human(More)
The purpose of current study was to determine the step at which dietary selenium (Se) regulates the transcriptional expression of the gene for Se-glutathione peroxidase (Se-GPx) in rat brain and transplanted glioma tissue. Wistar rats were fed a Se-free diet or the same diet supplemented with 0.5, 2.0, and 4.0 mg Se/kg as sodium selenite for at least 3 wk.(More)