Naoko Mori

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Although persistent constipation is considered to be associated with skin problems, the supporting evidence is limited. Hence, this study investigated the effects of probiotic and prebiotic fermented milk on skin and intestinal conditions in an open-label trial. Among the 101 Japanese healthy young female students that participated, the 81 subjects in the(More)
Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) activation plays a role in repairing injured DNA, while its overactivation is involved in various diseases, including neuronal degradation. In the present study, we investigated the use of a PARP inhibitor, 3,4-dihydro-5-[4-(1-piperidinyl)butoxy]-1(2H)-isoquinolinone (DPQ), whether methylmercury-induced cell death in the(More)
Vitamin K (VK) has a protective effect on neural cells. Methylmercury is a neurotoxicant that directly induces neuronal death in vivo and in vitro. Therefore, in the present study, we hypothesized that VK inhibits the neurotoxicity of methylmercury. To prove our hypothesis in vitro, we investigated the protective effects of VKs (phylloquinone, vitamin K(1);(More)
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a member of the nerve growth factor (NGF) family and has been shown to promote neuronal survival and contribute to neural development. Although methylmercury, a neurotoxin, induces the cell death of neurons in vitro, there is little information regarding the effects of neurotrophins on the methylmercury-induced(More)
Thrombomodulin (TM) is an endothelial receptor for thrombin. The thrombin-thrombomodulin complex activates protein C in the anticoagulant pathway. Soluble TM is thought to be a marker for endothelial cell damage. We have evaluated the analytical performance of the HISCL TM test, a chemiluminescent enzyme immunoassay that measures soluble TM using(More)
Serial sera from four mongrel cats experimentally inoculated with infectious larvae of Dirofilaria immitis were analyzed by immunoblot patterns against a phosphate buffered saline-extract of D. immitis. Antigen-specific protein bands detected indicate that the low molecular weight bands of 36, 32, 22, 19 and 14 kDa, are predictable for positive adult worm(More)
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