Naoko Ueki

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The dicarbonyl methylglyoxal reacts primarily with arginine residues to form advanced glycation end products, including Nδ-(5-hydro-5-methyl-4 -imidazolone-2-yl)-ornithine (MG-H1), which are risk factors for not only diabetic complications but also lifestyle-related disease including renal dysfunction. However, the data on serum level and clinical(More)
Timing of ovulation and changes in plasma progesterone, luteinizing hormone (LH), and prolactin (PRL) during periovulatory stages were determined in Holtzman rats exhibiting regular 4- or 5-day cycles under a daily artificial illumination from 0500 to 1900 h. The 5-day cycling rats ovulated between 0130 and 0930 h on estrus, whereas some of the 4-day(More)
It was previously shown that pulmonary exposure of mice to diesel exhaust particles (DEP) enhances inflammatory conditions induced by allergens or bacterial endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide: LPS) via enhanced local expression of cytokines. However, resolution of the underlying mechanisms, in which DEP exaggerate inflammation, remains uncompleted. Investigation(More)
BACKGROUND The efficacy of B cell-depleting therapies for rheumatoid arthritis underscores antibody-independent functions of effector B cells such as cognate T-B interactions and production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Receptor activator of nuclear factor κB ligand (RANKL) is a key cytokine involved in bone destruction and is highly expressed in synovial(More)
15-Deoxy-delta(12, 14)-prostaglandin J2 (15d-PG J2) is a regulator of a nuclear transcriptional factor, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-gamma. A previous study has demonstrated that 15d-PG J2 enhanced acute lung injury induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in mice. 15d-PG J2 induced mucin-producing cells in the bronchial epithelium,(More)
We have previously shown that intratracheal instillation of diesel exhaust particles enhances lung inflammation and lung expression of proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines related to bacterial endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide) in mice. The present study was designed to elucidate the effects of inhalation of diesel exhaust on lung inflammation related to(More)
BACKGROUND It is widely accepted that tubulointerstitial injury (TII) is caused by glomerular injury (GI) in glomerular diseases. Glomerular endocapillary inflammation may result in crescent formation and exuded protein leakage, which may induce TII in antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated glomerulonephritis (ANCAGN). However, some reports have(More)
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