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The objective of this study was to assess the pathological role of advanced glycation end products (AGE) and the receptor for AGE (RAGE) in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). We immunohistochemically investigated the occipital lobe of three patients with CJD containing with prion protein (PrP) plaques using anti-AGE and RAGE antibodies. Many PrP-positive(More)
BACKGROUND The Japan Assessment of Pitavastatin and Atorvastatin in Acute Coronary Syndrome (JAPAN-ACS) trial demonstrated that early aggressive statin therapy in patients with ACS significantly reduces plaque volume (PV). Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and the receptors of AGEs (RAGE) may lead to angiopathy in diabetes mellitus (DM) and may affect(More)
A non-enzymatic reaction between ketones or aldehydes and the amino groups of proteins, lipids and nucleic acids contributes to the aging of macromolecules and to the development and progression of various age-related disorders such as vascular complications of diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, cancer growth and metastasis, insulin resistance and degenerative(More)
About 246 million people worldwide have diabetes in 2007. The global figure of people with diabetes is projected to increase to 370 million in 2030. As the prevalence of diabetes has risen to epidemic proportions worldwide, diabetic nephropathy has become one of the most challenging health problems. Therapeutic options such as strict blood glucose and blood(More)
The Maillard reaction that leads to the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGE) is considered to play an important role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Until now AGE derived from glucose (glucose-AGE) have been mainly investigated, so we established new AGE species derived from alpha-hydroxyaldehydes and dicarbonyl compounds. We(More)
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is one of the adipocytokines. We evaluated whether serum levels of HGF are related to the metabolic syndrome. A total of 1474 subjects of a general population free of liver, kidney, and lung diseases received a health examination. We measured blood pressure, waist circumference, body mass index, fasting plasma glucose, lipid(More)
Glycation, one of the post-translational modifications of proteins, is a nonenzymatic reaction initiated by the primary addition of a sugar aldehyde or ketone to the amino groups of proteins. In the early stage of glycation, the synthesis of intermediates leading to the formation of Amadori compounds occurs. In the late stage, advanced glycation end(More)
Diabetic retinopathy is a common and potentially devastating microvascular complication in diabetes and is a leading cause of acquired blindness among the people of occupational age. However, current therapeutic options for the treatment of sight-threatening proliferative diabetic retinopathy such as photocoagulation and vitrectomy are limited by(More)
A dysfunctional ubiquitin-proteasome system recently has been proposed to play a role in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). We have shown previously that spinal motor neurons are more vulnerable to proteasome inhibition-induced neurotoxicity, using a dissociated culture system. To confirm this(More)
Proteasomal dysfunction has been implicated in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD). We examined the effect of a selective proteasomal inhibitor, epoxomicin, on primary cultured mesencephalic neurons. Exposing rat cultured mesencephalic neurons to epoxomicin for 24 h resulted in neurotoxicity in a dose-dependent manner. Epoxomicin caused(More)