Reiko Nagano

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We have previously established a protocol for the neural differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) as an efficient tool to evaluate the neurodevelopmental toxicity of environmental chemicals. Here, we described a multivariate bioinformatic approach to identify the stage-specific gene sets associated with neural differentiation of mESCs. We(More)
The establishment of more efficient approaches for developmental neurotoxicity testing (DNT) has been an emerging issue for children's environmental health. Here we describe a systematic approach for DNT using the neuronal differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) as a model of fetal programming. During embryoid body (EB) formation, mESCs were(More)
Thalidomide is increasingly used in anticancer and anti-inflammation therapies. However, it is known for its teratogenicity and ability to induce peripheral neuropathy, although the mechanisms underlying its neurological effect in humans are unclear. In this study, we investigated the effect of thalidomide on the metabolism and neuronal differentiation of(More)
Predictive toxicology using stem cells or their derived tissues has gained increasing importance in biomedical and pharmaceutical research. Here, we show that toxicity category prediction by support vector machines (SVMs), which uses qRT-PCR data from 20 categorized chemicals based on a human embryonic stem cell (hESC) system, is improved by the adoption of(More)
A 32-year-old man experienced double vision around January, 2010, followed by weakness of his left upper and lower extremities. Articulation disorders and loss of hearing in his left ear developed, and he was admitted to our hospital on February 14, 2010. Physical examination was normal, and neurological examination showed clear consciousness with no(More)
The aim of this study was to explore whether nifedipine influences the secondary deterioration of cerebral mitochondrial function after transient intrauterine ischemia in fetal rats. Intrauterine ischemia was induced by a 30-min occlusion of the right uterine artery at 20 days of gestation in Wistar rats. Nifedipine (1 mg kg(-1)) or vehicle was injected(More)
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