Norihiro Nishimura

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Obesity is a multifactorial disorder influenced by genetic and environmental factors. Animal models of obesity are required to help us understand the signaling pathways underlying this condition. Zebrafish possess many structural and functional similarities with humans and have been used to model various human diseases, including a genetic model of obesity.(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this research was to identify molecular clues to tumor progression and lymph node metastasis in esophageal cancer and to test their value as predictive markers. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN We explored the gene expression profiles in cDNA array data of a 36-tissue training set of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) by using generalized(More)
OBJECTIVE Non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) is one of the leading causes of death in the world. Lymph node metastasis is not only an important factor in estimating the extent and the metastatic potential of an NSCLC but also in prognosticating the patient outcome. Preoperative prediction of lymph node metastasis might greatly facilitate the choice of(More)
Accurate preoperative prediction of lymph node metastasis and degree of tumor invasion would facilitate an appropriate decision of the extent of surgical resection of cancers to reduce unnecessary complication or to minimize the risk of recurrence in patients. We analyzed gene expression profiles characteristic of the invasiveness of colorectal carcinoma in(More)
Repeated blood collection is one of the most common techniques performed on laboratory animals. However, a non-lethal protocol for blood collection from zebrafish has not been established. The previous methods for blood collection from zebrafish are lethal, such as lateral incision, decapitation and tail ablation. Thus we have developed a novel "repeated"(More)
OBJECTIVE To better understand the nature of the malignancy of biliary tract carcinoma and evaluate the feasibility of its prediction by gene expression profiles. METHODS AND RESULTS We explored the gene expression profiles characteristic of progression and invasiveness in the cDNA array data obtained from 37 biliary tract carcinomas (15 bile duct, 11(More)
Collecting blood from laboratory animals is necessary for a wide variety of scientific studies, but the small size of the zebrafish makes this common procedure challenging. We developed a novel, minimally invasive method to collect repeated blood samples from adult zebrafish. This method minimizes trauma to the zebrafish and yields a low mortality rate of(More)
A novel protocol using gluten as a carrier material was developed to administer chemicals to adult zebrafish, per os (p.o.). To evaluate the capacity of gluten to retain chemicals, we prepared gluten granules containing eight types of chemicals with different Log P(ow) values and immersed them in water. Less than 5% of chemicals were eluted from gluten(More)
To analyze the status of the genus Alcaligenes in the agricultural environment, we developed a PCR method for detection of these species from vegetables and farming soil. The selected PCR primers amplified a 107-bp fragment of the 16S rRNA gene in a specific PCR assay with a detection limit of 1.06 pg of pure culture DNA, corresponding to DNA extracted from(More)
Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease caused by decreased bone density. Compounds with anti-osteoclastic activity, such as bisphosphonates, may help in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Herein, we determined the inhibitory effects of ginger hexane extract (GHE) on receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa-B ligand (RANKL)-induced(More)