Shinji Morimoto

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OBJECTIVE Heart and aorta possess biologic clocks, but their involvement in genetic hypertension has been unknown. Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) expression is directly regulated by clock genes, while angiotensin II modulates both PAI-1 and clock gene expression. We therefore examined circadian expression of PAI-1 and clock genes, and effects of(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the value of the preoperative serum C-reactive protein (CRP) level in the prognosis of patients with localized renal cell carcinoma (RCC). PATIENTS AND METHODS The study comprised 101 patients who had a radical nephrectomy for localized RCC (pT1-3N0M0). An elevated CRP was defined as >0.5 mg/dL before surgery. Survival rates for each(More)
Activation of the Na+/H+ exchanger (NHE) is known to be related to elevated blood pressure in hyperinsulinemia. We previously demonstrated that a fructose-enriched diet induced hyperinsulinemia and hypertriglyceridemia, elevated NHE activity, increased intracellular calcium concentrations ([Ca2+]i), and increased blood pressure in borderline hypertensive(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the prognostic effect of age in patients with localized renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and investigate the incidence of Xp11 translocation RCC in young patients who developed recurrence. METHODS From 1990 to 2007, 2403 Japanese patients underwent nephrectomy for presumed RCC at 9 institutions. Of those, 1143 patients had localized RCC(More)
OBJECTIVE IL-35 is the most recently identified member of the IL-12 family. It consists of EBV-induced gene 3 (EBI3) and IL-12α chain p35. We investigated whether IL-35 enhances the in vitro immunosuppressive function of peripheral blood isolated from patients with RA. METHODS Peripheral blood was harvested from 17 active and 10 inactive RA patients and(More)
OBJECTIVE We have shown that connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Insulin-like growth factor binding proteins (IGFBPs) are modules of CTGF. IGFBPs bind IGF-I and IGF-II. IGF-I plays a role in the regulation of immunity, bone metabolism and inflammation. Therefore, we investigated(More)
Heterotopic bone formation caused by urothelial carcinoma is rare. The precise mechanism of heterotopic ossification is still unknown. We report a case of urothelial carcinoma with heterotopic bone formation in a metastatic site and investigate the expression of bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2) and the BMP receptor (BMPR)-Ib using immunohistochemistry.(More)
BACKGROUND Epidemiologic investigations suggest that fish oil, which contains eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), has favorable cardiovascular effects. Fish oil improves endothelial function in subjects with hypercholesterolemia or diabetes. However, controversy persists regarding relationships between primary hypertriglyceridemia and endothelial dysfunction.(More)
Previous studies have shown that synthetic octacalcium phosphate (OCP) facilitates in vitro osteoblastic cell differentiation in an OCP dose-dependent manner and that a complex of OCP and collagen (OCP/collagen) enhances critical-sized rat calvaria defects more than OCP alone. The present study was designed to investigate whether the bone regenerative(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the oncological and functional outcome of distal ureterectomy compared with nephroureterectomy in the management of distal ureteral urothelial carcinoma. METHODS Using a database including upper urinary tract urothelial carcinoma patients (n = 1329), 282 patients were identified with urothelial carcinoma localized in the distal(More)