Masaaki Sasaoka

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the time course of the ocular hypoperfusion, retinal damage, and optic nerve damage induced by intravitreal injection of endothelin-1 (ET-1) in rabbits. ET-1, at 5 pmol (20 microL, twice a week for 2 or 4 weeks), was injected from the pars plana into the posterior vitreous of the right eye. Optic nerve head (ONH)(More)
Stachybotrydial, a triprenyl phenol metabolite from a fungus, has a plasminogen modulator activity selective to Glu-plasminogen. Stachybotrydial enhanced fibrin binding and activation of Glu-plasminogen (2- to 4-fold enhancement at 60∼120 μM) but not of Lys-plasminogen. Approximately 1.2∼1.6 moles of [3H]stachybotrydial bound to Glu-plasminogen to exert(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to examine retinal nerve fiber layer thickness in normal cynomolgus monkeys using a scanning laser polarimeter with a fixed corneal compensator (GDx FCC), and to clarify the reproducibility and symmetries (right-left differences) between both eyes for the GDx parameters. METHODS GDx parameters were measured in 36(More)
We examined the time course of changes in optic disc structure by means of a scanning laser ophthalmoscope (Heidelberg Retina Tomograph, HRT) in ocular hypertensive (experimental glaucoma) monkeys, and clarified the relationships between the histological RNFL thickness and HRT parameters. Further, the time course of changes in retinal nerve fiber layer(More)
Experimentally induced changes in the central visual pathway were studied by using positron emission tomography in monkeys with unilateral hypertension glaucoma. In 2-[18F]fluoro-2-deoxy-glucose studies, monocular visual stimulation of the affected eye yielded significantly reduced neural responses in the occipital visuocortical areas. The response(More)