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)
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)
BACKGROUND Cholestatic liver diseases exhibit higher levels of serum γ-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) and incidence of secondary osteoporosis. GGT has been identified as a novel bone-resorbing factor that stimulates osteoclast formation. The aim of this study was to elucidate the interaction of elevated GGT levels and cholestatic liver disease-induced bone(More)
Homoursodeoxycholic acid and [11,12-3H]homoursodeoxycholic acid were synthesized from ursodeoxycholic acid and homocholic acid, respectively. Ursodeoxycholic acid (Ia) was converted to 3 alpha, 7 beta-diformoxy-5 beta-cholan-24-oic acid (Ib) using formic acid. Reaction of the diformoxy derivative (Ib) with thionyl chloride yielded the acid chloride (II)(More)
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