Masao Koshikawa

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Diabetic nephropathy is the leading cause of end-stage renal disease, for which effective therapy to prevent the progression at advanced stages remains to be established. There is also a long debate whether diabetic glomerular injury is reversible or not. Lipoatrophic diabetes, a syndrome caused by paucity of adipose tissue, is characterized by severe(More)
BACKGROUND Significance of podocyte injury in the progression of diabetic nephropathy is not well-understood. In this study, we examined whether alteration of gap junction protein connexin43 (Cx43) expression in podocytes is associated with the progression of overt diabetic nephropathy. METHODS We recruited 29 type 2 diabetic patients with overt(More)
Dynamic recovery of glomerular structure occurs after severe glomerular damage in anti-Thy-1 glomerulonephritis (Thy-1 GN), but its mechanism remains to be investigated. To identify candidate genes possibly involved in glomerular reconstruction, screening was performed for genes that are specifically expressed by podocytes and are upregulated in glomeruli(More)
CCN1 (cysteine-rich protein 61; Cyr61) is an extracellular matrix-associated signaling molecule that functions in cell migration, adhesion, and differentiation. We previously reported that CCN1 is induced at podocytes in rat anti-Thy-1 glomerulonephritis, a well-known model of reversible glomerular injury, but its expression and significance in the human(More)
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