Naoya Shibata

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This report concerns retrospective immunohistochemical and immunoelectron microscopic studies on superoxide dismutase-1 (SOD1) in intracytoplasmic hyaline inclusions (IHIs) of the anterior horn cells of three patients with familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) with posterior column involvement. All of the patients were members of the American "C"(More)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that primarily involves the motor neuron system. Approximately 5-10% of ALS is familial. Superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) gene mutations are shown to be associated with about 20% of familial ALS (FALS) patients. The neuronal Lewy-body-like hyaline inclusion (LBHI) and astrocytic(More)
A simple disk diffusion test was constructed for detection of IMP-1-type metallo-beta-lactamase-producing gram-negative bacteria. Two Kirby-Bauer disks containing ceftazidime (CAZ) and a filter disk containing a metallo-beta-lactamase inhibitor were used in this test. Several IMP-1 inhibitors such as thiol compounds including 2-mercaptopropionic acid, heavy(More)
A role mutations in the superoxide dismutase (SOD)-1 gene in the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has been discussed. To investigate immunohistochemical alterations of SOD in the spinal cord affected with the disease, we examined 3 patients with SOD1 mutation-associated family with ALS, 20 patients with sporadic ALS and 10 control(More)
Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD)-like immunoreactivity (LI) was found within Lewy body-like inclusions (LBIs) in the spinal cords of patients with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by using an antibody to human Cu/ZnSOD. LBIs were detected in the anterior horn cells in 10 of 20 patients with sporadic ALS. In each of these patients, 7 to 60% of(More)
Ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco, EC 4.1.1. 39) obtained from a thermophilic red alga Galdieria partita has the highest specificity factor of 238 among the Rubiscos hitherto reported. Crystal structure of activated Rubisco from G. partita complexed with the reaction intermediate analogue, 2-carboxyarabinitol 1,5-bisphosphate (2-CABP)(More)
This report concerns a case of sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) with dementia and Lewy body-like hyaline inclusions (LBHIs). The patient was a 70-year-old woman who initially showed memory disturbance and later developed bulbar palsy, muscle atrophy and weakness. The total clinical course was 51 months. The postmortem examination revealed(More)
We carried out an immunohistochemical investigation of the spinal cords of 15 patients with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), using antibodies to inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and nitrotyrosine; our purpose was to search for a possible role of increased oxidative damage in the motor system that may contribute to the neurodegenerative(More)
Okadaic acid (OA) and calyculin A (CLA), which are potent and specific inhibitors of serine/threonine protein phosphatases type 1 and 2A, have been shown to induce drastic changes in platelet morphology. The aim of this study was to analyse the molecular mechanisms of OA- or CLA-induced cytoskeletal reorganization, with a specific focus on microtubules and(More)
In previous articles, we reported the presence of phosphate-bound beta-1,2-linked oligomannosyl residues in the mannans of strains of Candida albicans serotypes A and B and Candida stellatoidea. To identify the antigenic factor corresponding to this type of oligomannosyl residue, a relationship between chemical structure and antigenic specificity in the(More)