Masahiro Fuchigami

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The antiproliferative constituents in the MeOH extract from the aerial parts of Centella asiatica were investigated. Activity-guided fractionation of MeOH extract resulted in the isolation of ursolic acid lactone, ursolic acid, pomolic acid, 2alpha,3alpha-dihydroxyurs-12-en-28-oic acid, 3-epimaslinic acid, asiatic acid, corosolic acid, and rosmarinic acid.(More)
OBJECTIVE Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors (α-GIs) show various anti-diabetic or anti-obesity effects in addition to the suppression of postprandial hyperglycemia. Based on recent observations that bile acids (BAs) are involved in glucose and energy homeostasis, we examined the ability of miglitol, an α-GI, to influence BA metabolism and ameliorate insulin(More)
In this study we aimed to identify the physiological roles of G protein-coupled receptor 84 (GPR84) in adipose tissue, together with medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), the specific ligands for GPR84. In mice, high-fat diet up-regulated GPR84 expression in fat pads. In 3T3-L1 adipocytes, co-culture with a macrophage cell line, RAW264, or TNFα remarkably(More)
C-C chemokine ligand 2 (CCL2)/its receptor (CCR2) axis is considered as an important signaling pathway in inflammatory diseases. TLK-19705 is a novel CCR2 antagonist, (1-(1,3-dimethyl-1-H-pyrazolo[3,4-b]pyridine-5-carbonyl)-3-(4-fluoro-3-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl)urea), and the inhibitory activity was antagonized by the third extracellular loop peptide of(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES In this study we examined the effects of switching α-glucosidase inhibitors (α-GI) from acarbose or voglibose to miglitol on glucose fluctuations and circulating concentrations of cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as soluble adhesion molecules (sE-selectin, sICAM-1 and sVCAM-1), a chemokine monocyte chemoattractant protein(More)
The Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima Fatty (OLETF) rat, an animal model of type 2 diabetes, exhibits obesity, hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia, with late onset of chronic and slowly progressive hyperinsulinemia. In this study, we examined effects of long-term dietary supplementation with the alpha-glucosidase inhibitor miglitol on the development of diabetes and(More)
In this study, we examined the effects of switching from acarbose or voglibose to miglitol in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients for 3 months on gene expression of inflammatory cytokines/cytokine-like factors in peripheral leukocytes and on glucose fluctuations. We enrolled 47 Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, aged 26 to 81 years, with(More)
Macrophages play an important role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, for which monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP)-1 and CCR2 chemokine receptors may be involved. The authors have recently demonstrated that propagermanium exerts inhibitory effect on the CCR2 receptors. In the current study, the authors examined whether the organic germanium(More)
OBJECTIVE In this study, we examined whether inhibition of postprandial hyperglycemia by combination therapy with two drugs for reducing postprandial hyperglycemia, i.e., α-glucosidase inhibitor miglitol and dipeptidyl peptidase (DPP)-4 inhibitor sitagliptin, improves glycemic control and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) development. (More)