Sachiko Nakamura

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Regulation of hyaluronan (HA) synthesis and degradation is essential to maintenance of extracellular matrix homeostasis. We recently reported that HYBID (HYaluronan-Binding protein Involved in hyaluronan Depolymerization), also called KIAA1199, plays a key role in HA depolymerization in skin and arthritic synovial fibroblasts. However, regulation of HA(More)
Recently, we disclosed that KIAA1199-mediated hyaluronan (HA) depolymerization requires an acidic cellular microenvironment (e.g. clathrin-coated vesicles or early endosomes), but no information about the structural basis underlying the cellular targeting and functional modification of KIAA1199 was available. Here, we show that the cleavage of N-terminal 30(More)
We investigated the relations of body composition to regional and total body bone mineral density (BMD) in 275 healthy Japanese premenopausal women (mean age, 37.1 ± 9.2 years; range, 16–55 years). In all subjects, the right side was dominant. BMD of the head, bilateral arms, lumbar spine (L2–L4), bilateral legs, and total body were measured using(More)
AIMS Fetuin-A, a protein exclusively secreted from the liver, is associated with insulin resistance and/or metabolic syndrome (MetS). However, few studies have examined this association in Japan. We investigated this issue in a Japanese general population. METHODS We performed an epidemiological survey in a small community in Japan. The participants(More)
We present a case of myeloperoxidase-antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (MPO-ANCA)-associated glomerulonephritis with diabetic nephrosclerosis, diagnosed by serial renal biopsies within a short period. A 78-year-old man with renal insufficiency, who had been diagnosed with diabetic nephrosclerosis by renal biopsy 9 months earlier, was admitted to the(More)
Recently, we have disclosed that human KIAA1199 (hKIAA1199) is a hyaluronan (HA) binding protein implicated in HA depolymerization. Although a murine homologue (mKiaa1199) was previously cloned, no information about the function of the molecule was available. Here, we show that cells transfected with mKiaa1199 cDNA selectively catabolized HA via the(More)
OBJECTIVES Vaspin is a novel adipocytokine with potential insulin-sensitizing properties. Insulin resistance (IR) plays a role in the development and progression of atherosclerosis. However, the relationship between serum vaspin levels and atherosclerosis remains unknown. Therefore, we investigated whether vaspin was correlated with carotid intima-media(More)
Orthostatic hypotension (OH) after hemodialysis (HD) is a serious complication, as it causes various neurological symptoms and even ischemic brain damage. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of antihypotensive agents, midodrine hydrochloride (MID) and L-threo-3,4-dihydroxyphenylserine (L-DOPS), on OH after HD. We measured systolic blood(More)
The association of serum uric acid (UA) with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) remains controversial. We investigated this issue in a general population. Participants consisted of 1,943 subjects (774 males and 1,169 females) aged over 40 years, living in Tanushimaru (a Japanese cohort of the Seven Countries Study). Serum UA and other biochemistry(More)