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OBJECTIVE We elaborated the rat hippocampi in order to assess for central nervous system changes following a peripheral neuropathic injury. DESIGN, SETTING, SUBJECTS We examined the gene changes in the hippocampi of chronic constriction injury (CCI) rats with TaqMan® low-density array analysis (TLDA) and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction(More)
BACKGROUND Sitagliptin is a DPP-4 inhibitor that became available for use in Japan three years ago. This study was conducted to identify the pleiotropic effects of sitagliptin other than blood glucose lowering in Japanese type 2 diabetes mellitus patients. METHODS A retrospective, observational study of 940 type 2 diabetes mellitus patients was conducted.(More)
UNLABELLED (J Diabetes Invest, doi: 10.1111/j.2040-1124.2012.00221.x, 2012) Aims/Introduction:  To determine the efficacy and safety of sitagliptin monotherapy and combination therapy in Japanese type 2 diabetes patients after 3 months' therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS   A retrospective, observational study of 741 type 2 diabetes patients was carried out;(More)
BACKGROUND Downstream activation through receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) plays important roles in carcinogenesis. In this study, we assessed the clinical involvement of Axl, an RTK, and its ligand, Gas6, in surgically treated lung adenocarcinoma. METHODS Axl and Gas6 mRNA and protein expression levels were quantified using quantitative real-time(More)
BACKGROUND Th1/Th2 cell balance is thought to be shifted toward a Th2-type immune response not only by malignancy but also by surgical stress. The aim of this study was to estimate perioperative immune responses with respect to the Th1/Th2 balance in patients with gastrointestinal cancer. METHODS Ninety-four patients who underwent abdominal surgeries were(More)
The two most common forms of chronic pain are inflammatory pain and neuropathic pain. Nevertheless, the underlying mechanisms of these pain conditions and their therapeutic responses are poorly understood. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) negatively regulate cell genes, and thus control cell proliferation, inflammation and metabolism. In the present study, we examined(More)
BACKGROUND A number of studies have investigated whether the activity levels of enzymes involved in 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) metabolism are prognostic factors for survival in patients with colorectal carcinoma. Most reports have examined thymidylate synthetase (TS) and dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) in unresectable or metastatic cases, therefore it is(More)
BACKGROUND There have only been a few reports about use of dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitors in elderly patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), suggesting that the safety of these agents has not been sufficiently demonstrated. We performed a comparative review of the efficacy and safety of sitagliptin for Japanese patients with T2DM managed(More)
BACKGROUND Ipragliflozin is a sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitor that can improve glycemic control and reduce body weight and blood pressure in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). We evaluated the efficacy and safety of ipragliflozin in the real-world clinical setting, with a focus on the changes of body composition up to 3 months of(More)
Commonly used anesthetics adversely affect the developing brain, but the mechanisms remain unknown. We previously showed that the expressions of microRNAs (miRNAs) in major organs are affected by anesthetics. Therefore, we used TaqMan low-density array (TLDA) to analyze gene expression in the hippocampus of neonatal rats exposed to sevoflurane and performed(More)