Motohiro Yukitake

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Recent studies showed that the 14-3-3 protein is detectable in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of prion-unrelated neurological diseases, such as meningoencephalitis and myelitis. To investigate the possible association between the amounts of the 14-3-3 protein in the CSF and the clinical severity of multiple sclerosis (MS), its levels were determined by(More)
The 14-3-3 protein belongs to a family of 30-kD proteins originally identified by two-dimensional analysis of brain protein extracts. Recently, the detection of the 14-3-3 protein in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is utilized as a highly reliable test for the premortem diagnosis of prion diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. For the initial step, to(More)
A 51-year-old woman developed a slowly progressive spastic paraparesis and diminished vibration sense beginning at age 38. Intellectual capacity was normal. Krabbe disease was confirmed by markedly reduced leukocyte galactocerebrosidase (GALC) activity, typical inclusions in Schwann cell cytoplasm, and an identification of the homozygous point mutation(More)
Idiopathic herniation of the spinal cord is an extremely rare disorder which may cause progressive myelopathy. Two cases of this entity reported herein were both examined using MRI and CT myelography. The typical appearance of this disease with or without a dorsal intradural arachnoid cyst is focal ventral displacement of the mid-thoracic spinal cord,(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the long-term effects of tacrolimus in steroid-dependent myasthenia gravis (MG) patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS We administered tacrolimus at 3 mg/day to 10 generalized MG patients presented with clinical worsening by a reduction in dose of prednisolone. The effects of tacrolimus were assessed by using the MG activities of daily living(More)
We describe the MRI findings in three Japanese patients with spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6) in which a polymorphic CAG repeat was identified in the gene encoding the alpha 1A voltage-dependent P/Q-type Ca2+ channel subunit (CACNL1A4). All showed slowly progressive cerebellar ataxia and mild pyramidal signs. Neuroradiologically, they had moderate(More)
Using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and in situ hybridization, we investigated the HTLV-I genome in the CNS of an HTLV-I-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP) patient with a 20-year disease duration. Neuropathologically, there was severe white matter degeneration throughout the spinal cord, but lymphocytic infiltrates were not(More)
Interleukin-15 (IL-15) is a novel cytokine which shares activities and receptor components with IL-2. To investigate the biological roles of IL-15 in the human nervous system, we examined the expression of mRNAs for IL-15 and the IL-15 receptor three subunits (IL-15alpha, IL-2Rbeta and IL-2Rgamma) in human neural cell lines and tissues using reverse(More)
A 68-year-old man receiving four times of injection of botulinum toxin type A for cervical dystonia developed acute polyradiculoneuritis 10 weeks after the final injection. He had been complaining of paresthesia in four limbs after the second injection of the treatment. On neurological examination, bilateral facial palsy, bulbar palsy, difficulty of breath,(More)