Sawako Moriwaki

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Anthocyanins, one of the flavonoid subtypes, are a large family of water-soluble phytopigments and have a wide range of health-promoting benefits. Recently, an anthocyanin-rich compound from blueberries was reported to possess protective property against bone loss in ovariectomized (OVX) animal models. However, the active ingredients in the anthocyanin(More)
UNLABELLED Osteoblast apoptosis increased in the tibias of apoE(-/-) mice fed with a high-fat diet, decreasing bone formation. The expression of p53 mRNA in marrow adherent cells increased. LDL or oxidized LDL increased apoptosis in the calvarial cells of apoE(-/-) mice. The increase in p53-mediated apoptosis is apparently related to a high-fat diet-induced(More)
Abrin-a consists of A-chain with N-glycosidase activity, which inhibits protein synthesis, and lectin-like B-chain responsible for binding with cell-surface receptors and penetrating of abrin-a molecule into the cells. As a lectin component, the B-chain can also participate in cell signal transduction. It has been reported that abrin induces apoptosis, but(More)
To clarify the role of Fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (Flt-1) signaling in bone dynamics, we examined C57BL/6J mice, aged 6, 9 and 16 weeks, with disruption of the flt1 tyrosine kinase domain gene (flt1(TK-/-)) and compared with age-matched wild-type (flt1(TK+/+)) mice. Dynamic histomorphometric analysis confirmed a significant decrease in the values of(More)
Mast cells (MCs) accumulate in chronic inflammatory sites; however, it is not clear which adhesion molecules are involved in this process. Recently, the expression of Notch ligands was reported to be upregulated in inflammatory sites. Although Notch receptors are known as signaling molecules that can activate integrins, their contributions to the adhesion(More)
We examined the effect of hot-compressed-water (HCW) extracted and fractionated bamboo products (named as fractions A and B) on the viability of human cultured cell lines, derived from leukemia patients and human peripheral blood lymphocytes, obtained from normal adults. Fraction A was composed of xylose, xylooligosaccharides and water-soluble lignin,(More)
UNLABELLED The effectiveness of a new antibody treatment on arthritis-associated osteolysis was studied by using CIA mice. GGT, a newly identified bone-resorbing factor, was upregulated in arthritic joints. We generated monoclonal antibodies against GGT and injected them into CIA mice. Mice treated with antibodies showed a reduction in osteoclast number and(More)
An autopsy case of plasma cell granuloma of the stomach combined with gastric cancer is reported. Plasma cell granuloma presumably occurred independently of adenocarcinoma in the stomach, and nodular or diffuse infiltration of plasma cell containing many Russell bodies was observed in the gastric wall, intermingled with lymphocytes. Infiltrating plasma(More)
Chronic inflammation-associated bone destruction, which is observed in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and periodontitis, is mediated by excessive osteoclastogenesis. We showed previously that γ-glutamyltranspeptidase (GGT), an enzyme involved in glutathione metabolism, acts as an endogenous activator of such pathological osteoclastogenesis, independent of its(More)