Michiyo Fukushima

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The pathophysiology of schizophrenia (SCZ) remains unclear, and its treatment is far from ideal. We have previously reported that yokukansan (YKS), which is a traditional Japanese medicine, is effective as an adjunctive therapy for SCZ. However, the mechanisms underlying the action of YKS have not yet been completely elucidated. A recent meta-analysis study(More)
BACKGROUND Although schizophrenia affects all age groups, late or very-late-onset schizophrenia-like psychosis has not been well studied, and various treatment issues remain unresolved. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of yokukansan (TJ-54), Japanese herbal medicine, monotherapy in a diagnostically homogenous group(More)
Gastric cancer is the second common malignant neoplasia in Japan, and its poorly differentiated form is a deadly disease. To identify novel candidate oncogenes contributing to its genesis, we examined copy-number alterations in 50 primary poorly differentiated gastric cancers using an array-based comparative genomic hybridization (array-CGH). Many genetic(More)
The involvement of chronic inflammation in albuminuria and renal function was investigated in a cross-sectional study of 320 type 2 diabetic Chinese patients from the Singapore Diabetes Cohort Study. Plasma levels of TNF-α and its two cellular receptors and of IL-6 and C-reactive protein (CRP) were measured. A composite TNF-α score was extracted using(More)
Several researches indicate that autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysfunction in patients with schizophrenia. Recently, salivary alpha-amylase (sAA) has been employed as a useful marker for ANS function. We investigated the extent of ANS dysfunction by measuring sAA and heart rate variability (HRV) of 25 patients with schizophrenia compared with controls.(More)
BACKGROUND Accumulating evidence indicates that neuroinflammation plays a significant role in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. We previously reported evidence of schizophrenia-like behaviors and microglial activation in Gunn rats. We concluded that the Gunn rat, which exhibits a high concentration of unconjugated bilirubin, may be useful as an animal(More)
We previously reported that infectivities of human and other nonhuman lentiviruses including human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) are activated by desialylation of the virion surface [H. Hu et al., J Virol 70: 7 462–7 470 (1996)]. The present study was designed to determine whether neuraminidase (NA) is useful for isolation of HIV-1 from patients.(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Akinetic mutism is thought to be an appropriate therapeutic end-point in patients with sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD). However, prognostic factors for akinetic mutism are unclear and clinical signs or symptoms that precede this condition have not been defined. The goal of this study was to identify prognostic factors for(More)
In combination with xenogeneic immune RNA (l-RNA) and tumor antigen (TA), syngeneic spleen cells inhibited the growth of a N-methyl-N-nitrosourethane-induced colon carcinoma (CT-26) in BALB/c mice. The sequential administration of 1 X 10(7) spleen cells, l mg of anti-CT-26 l-RNA and 0.4 mg of CT-26 TA resulted in a 20% survival rate of mice bearing(More)