Mitsuyoshi Takiguchi

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The mechanistic dissociation of 'tumor starvation' versus 'vascular normalization' following anti-angiogenic therapy is a subject of intense controversy in the field of experimental research. In addition, accurately evaluating changes of the tumor microenvironment after anti-angiogenic therapy is important for optimizing(More)
Leptin is a protein synthesized and secreted primarily by adipose tissue. The blood leptin concentration is known to reflect body fat content in rodents, humans and dogs, and thereby is useful for quantitative assessment of obesity. In the present study, we produced recombinant feline leptin in Escherichia coli transfected with feline leptin cDNA we cloned(More)
Subpopulations of infiltrating lymphocytes, professional antigen-presenting cells (APCs), and Th1/Th2 cytokines that could initiate an autoimmune sialodacryoadenitis were studied in the IQI/Jic mouse model of primary Sjögren's syndrome. Although lymphocytic infiltrations were first seen in submandibular glands (SMGs) of females and in lacrimal glands (LGs)(More)
We have recently characterized IQI/Jic mice as a model for Sjogren's syndrome (SS), a chronic autoimmune disease in humans. In SS, local lymphocytic infiltrations into salivary and lacrimal glands frequently develop to the involvement of systemic exocrine and nonexocrine organs, and the mechanism for progression of this disease remains obscure. Herein, we(More)
Identification of factors that exacerbate a disease is important for the development of biomarkers. In this study, we discovered ectopic overexpression of interleukin-1 family, member-6 (IL-1F6) in several murine renal diseases. IL-1F6 participates in cytokine/chemokine production in the epithelium. In PCR array analysis for inflammatory mediators, Il1f6(More)
Minute virus of canines (MVC), also known as canine parvovirus type 1, was initially believed to be a nonpathogenic agent, since it was first isolated from canine fecal specimens in the late 1960s. However, subsequent pathological as well as epidemiological studies suggested that MVC is a pathogen of neonatal puppies and is widely distributed among domestic(More)
Claudin-16 is one of the tight junction protein claudins and has been shown to contribute to reabsorption of divalent cations in the human kidney. In cattle, total deficiency of claudin-16 causes severe renal tubular dysplasia without aberrant metabolic changes of divalent cations, suggesting that bovine claudin-16 has some roles in renal tubule formation(More)
An early identification of the tumor response to sorafenib treatment is indispensable for selecting optimal personalized treatment strategies. However, at present, no reliable predictors are clinically available. 18 F‑fluorothymidine (18 F‑FLT) positron emission tomography (PET) is used to assess tumor proliferation, since the FLT uptake level reflects(More)
Inflammatory colorectal polyps (ICRPs) in miniature dachshunds are recently recognized as a major cause of large bowel diarrhea in this dog breed in Japan. ICRPs are characterized by the formation of multiple small polyps and a space-occupying large polyp in the colorectal area, and are thought to be a novel form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In(More)
In six normal beagles and 27 dogs with spontaneous focal or multifocal liver lesions, contrast-enhanced ultrasonography using Sonazoid was performed. Sonazoid is a newly developed second-generation contrast agent with the ability to be used for real-time contrast imaging along with parenchymal imaging. An appropriate protocol for the evaluation of all three(More)