Naoko Sakagami

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OBJECTIVES Recently, there has been a resurgence of interest in the interactions between oral conditions and a number of prevalent systemic diseases. The morbidity and mortality of the dependent elderly that result from aspiration pneumonia have been recognized as a major geriatric health problem. The purpose of this study was to gain more information on(More)
Progressive condylar resorption is an irreversible complication and a factor in the development of late skeletal relapse after orthognathic surgery. We have evaluated cephalometric characteristics, signs and symptoms in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and surgical factors in six patients (one man and five women) who developed it after orthognathic(More)
In our previous experiment using rats, fluoride was reported to cause renal calcification, whose mechanism was deduced to be due to an increase in parathyroid hormone (PTH) secretion. However fluoride-induced renal calcification that was independent of PTH has not been understood well in the nephron of fluoride-treated animals. Thus, we examined the effect(More)
Osteopetrotic (op/op) mice fail to exhibit bone remodeling because of a defective osteoclast formation due to a lack of macrophage colony-stimulating factor. In this study, we investigated the femora of op/op mice to clarify whether the osteoblastic population and bone mineralization are involved in osteoclasts or their bone resorption. The op/op mice(More)
Pellets of megestrol acetate and melengestrol acetate were implanted subcutaneously every one and two months, respectively, into 3-5 month old SHN virgin mice. Spontaneous mammary tumourigenesis was significantly enhanced by both steroids. The formation of preneoplastic mammary hyperplastic alveolar nodules (HAN) was, in contrast, inhibited by both(More)
Dental root formation is a dynamic process in which mesenchymal cells migrate toward the site of the future root, differentiate and secrete dentin and cementum. However, the identities of dental mesenchymal progenitors are largely unknown. Here we show that cells expressing osterix are mesenchymal progenitors contributing to all relevant cell types during(More)
The effect of chronic suppression of growth hormone (GH) secretion by SMS 201-995 on lactation was studied in primiparous C3H/He mice. Mammary gland DNA content on day 12 of lactation was significantly lower in SMS 201-995 treated mice than in the control. There were little differences between groups in mammary gland RNA content and litter growth on day 12(More)
The interaction between somatostatin (SMS) and high doses of oestrogen on mammary gland growth was examined in C3H/He virgin mice. Mammary gland growth was significantly suppressed by the subcutaneous implantation of pellets of oestradiol benzoate diluted to 1/1000 or 1/500 or by injection twice daily of 50ng SMS 201-995 between 25 and 55 days of age.(More)
Since osteoblastic activities are believed to be coupled with osteoclasts, we have attempted to histologically verify which of the distinct cellular circumstances, the presence of osteoclasts themselves or bone resorption by osteoclasts, is essential for coupled osteoblastic activity, by examining c-fos-/- or c-src-/- mice. Osteopetrotic c-fos deficient(More)