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The aim of this study was to evaluate whether transplantation of human bone marrow stromal cell-derived Schwann cells (hBMSC-SC) promotes functional recovery after contusive spinal cord injury of adult rats. Human bone marrow stromal cells (hBMSC) were cultured from bone marrow of adult human patients and induced into Schwann cells (hBMSC-SC) in vitro.(More)
We have reported that a change in muscle fibre type distribution is present in two strains of diabetic rats (Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima Fatty and Goto-Kakizaki rats). In this study, we determined whether the change in soleus muscle fibre type distribution was caused by diabetes, using obese, diabetic (Zucker diabetic fatty, ZDF), obese, non-diabetic(More)
Our previous study revealed that the ectoplasmic specialization (ES) was deleted by the treatment of anti-estrogen, ICI 182.780 (ICI), and anti-androgen, flutamide (FLUT) in mouse testis. Also, expression of cortactin, an F-actin-binding protein, was decreased by the treatment of FLUT in mouse testis. Cortactin has been suggested to promote actin(More)
Previous reports have revealed that estrogen agonists or anti-androgenic chemicals induce abnormal spermiogenesis in rodents. In the seminiferous epithelium, the apical ectoplasmic specialization (ES) is an actin-based (cell-cell) junctional structure developing between the Sertoli cells and spermatids as is the basal ES also--although it is located between(More)
At Chiba University, gross anatomy laboratory sessions ("laboratories") are required for physical therapy students. Though most physical therapy schools require their students to participate in laboratories so that they will better understand the structure of the human body, few data exist on the value of these laboratories specifically for physical therapy(More)
This is a mini-review summarizing recent findings on the effect of flutamide (FLUT), an anti-androgenic toxicant, on the mouse testis, particularly on the ectoplasmic specialization (ES) in the testis. FLUT induces a reduction in the weight of male reproductive tissues, such as the prostate, because it inhibits the formation of the androgen receptors and(More)
Discrimination was attempted on 14 Listeria monocytogenes strains isolated from commercially available Japanese pork and chicken. Examination of the isolates was performed by restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis of the chromosomal DNA and amplified products and comparison of the nucleotide sequences of the amplified products. A(More)
Flutamide (FLUT) has potent anti-androgenic activity and is used in the medical field and in a screening test to detect endocrinologically active compounds. Our previous study demonstrated that FLUT induced histological deformation of spermatids and ultrastructural defects of the apical ectoplasmic specialization (ES) in the mouse testis. The apical ES is(More)
Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a multifunctional protein that acts as a pro-inflammatory cytokine, pituitary hormone, immunoregulator and mitogen. The MIF gene knockout (MIFKO) mouse has been used to study the MIF response in many tissues, such as with skin injury and spinal cord injury; however, there is little information about the MIFKO(More)
The cadmium (Cd) contents in hair of macaques (n = 45, Macaca fuscata) living on the Shimokita Peninsula were investigated. The mean Cd contents in the hair of Japanese (n = 34, 5.01 μg/g) and macaques (3.05 μg/g) tendency to be higher than those of animals living other areas. The Cd contents of hair of wild macaques were significantly (p < 0.01) lower than(More)