Masako Itaya

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In the present case, a patient in whom limb apraxia and asymmetrical parkinsonism developed suggesting corticobasal degeneration, is reported. Neuropathologic examination revealed numerous tufted astrocytes in the precentral cortex in addition to the characteristic pathologic findings of PSP. Therefore, on the basis of clinicopathologic features, atypical(More)
Lithium, a drug used to treat bipolar disorders, has a variety of neuroprotective mechanisms including inhibition of glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3), a major tau kinase. Recently, it has been shown that, in various neurodegenerative proteinopathies, lithium could induce autophagy. To analyze how lithium is therapeutically beneficial in tauopathies,(More)
Apolipoprotein E receptor 2 (apoER2) is a receptor for apolipoprotein E containing lipoprotein and also for Reelin. Apolipoprotein E-associated risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD) may be related to its binding to and clearance by cell surface receptors, including members of the low-density lipoprotein receptor family. Otherwise there is(More)
Parkinson disease (PD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) are considered Lewy body diseases (LBDs). To clarify the relation between PD with dementia (PDD) and DLB, 30 patients with LBD were divided into pathological subtypes according to the consensus guidelines for DLB. Patients with PDD showed neocortical and limbic type of LBD as well as patients with(More)
Phosphorylated tau (p-tau) is the principal component of neurofibrillary tangles, a pathological hallmark, and likely plays a neurotoxic role in tauopathies including Alzheimer's disease (AD), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), and corticobasal degeneration (CBD). We subjected brains from autopsy cases of AD, PSP, and CBD to a variety of(More)
We have developed a simple method to correct the washout of tracer from the brain based on the two-compartment model in brain early SPECT using N-isopropyl-p-[123I]iodoamphetamine (123I-IMP). This correction was applied to a new quantitative method of regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) in combination with the microsphere method by continuous arterial(More)
We investigated the characteristics of 123I-Iomazenil (IMZ) SPECT images in 12 adults (six males and six females, with a mean age of 56.1 years). The washout rate of 123I-IMZ from the brain was estimated from two SPECTs done 15 min and 3 hr after injection. Although the washout was relatively slow, the rates differed in each intracerebral region, suggesting(More)
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