Shinya Asayama

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AIMS Smad ubiquitination regulatory factor-2 (Smurf2), an E3 ubiquitin ligase, can interact with Smad proteins and promote their ubiquitin-dependent degradation, thereby controlling the cellular levels of these signalling mediators. We previously reported that phosphorylated Smad2/3 (pSmad2/3) was sequestered in transactive response DNA-binding protein-43(More)
A 64-year-old man noticed weakness in his arms and dyspnea upon exertion. Four months later he was admitted to our hospital, where muscle atrophy and hyperactive deep tendon reflexes in the arms were observed upon examination. A needle electromyograph study revealed acute and chronic denervation in the extremities, and he was diagnosed as having amyotrophic(More)
BACKGROUND Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) deficiency is a rare inborn error of metabolism inherited in autosomal recessive pattern and is associated with a wide spectrum of neurological abnormalities. CASE PRESENTATION We herein describe a 15-year-old boy with MTHFR deficiency who presented with a slowly progressive decline of school(More)
OBJECTIVES To clarify whether weight change in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) or progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is caused by the disease itself or secondarily by other factors. MATERIALS AND METHODS We conducted a retrospective analysis of 51 patients with PD and 14 patients with PSP, especially during the early stage of their diseases. All(More)
A 39-year-old woman initially developed vomiting and intractable hiccup, followed by progressive dysphagia, dysarthria and hypoglossal nerve palsy. She was admitted to our department on the 30th day of illness. MRI-FLAIR images of the brain revealed a hyperintense lesion in the dorsal medulla. A diagnosis of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD)(More)
OBJECTIVES To explore the possibility of a generally applicable tool for the immediate diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD) in its early stage, we compared the sensitivity and specificity of an acute levodopa challenge test with that of (123) I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) myocardial scintigraphy. MATERIALS AND METHODS A consecutive series of 45(More)
A 36-year-old man was hospitalized because of subacutely progressive gait disturbance. Neurological examination disclosed severe ataxia of gait and trunk and moderate ataxia of the four limbs, without signs of cognitive impairment. There were no manifestations of systemic infections. Brain MRI showed mild atrophy of the cerebellar vermis and hemispheres.(More)
We reported a 39-year-old, left-handed man with sudden onset hypogeusia. Taste threshold examined by a filter-paper disc method was elevated remarkably on both sides of the tongue. Additionally, the patient showed mild right central facial nerve palsy and mild weakness in the right upper limb. Brain CT showed left putaminal hemorrhage. Brain MRI(More)
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