Suguru Akamatsu

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Probucol is a unique hypolipidemic agent that increases cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) activity. Enhanced CETP-mediated conversion of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) partly explains the probucol-induced decrease in HDL cholesterol and increase in plasma prebeta1-HDL (native lipid-poor HDL) concentrations. However, HDL cholesterol is reduced in(More)
Chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is the most common late complication following allogeneic stem cell transplantation, occurring in 25–80% of transplant recipients. It is becoming a more frequent problem due to the increasing recipient age at transplantation as well as the increasing use of alternative donors, peripheral blood stem cells, and donor(More)
Chemerin, a recently discovered adipocytokine plays an important role in obesity and obesity-associated metabolic complications. However, the role of chemerin in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) has not fully been elucidated. We compared the serum chemerin levels and metabolic parameters between 88 control subjects, 86 patients with(More)
A novel, rapid, and noninvasive test (ODK0501) to detect Streptococcus pneumoniae antigen was evaluated in a Japanese multicenter study. ODK0501 uses polyclonal antibodies to detect C polysaccharide of S. pneumoniae from sputum samples by an immunochromatographic assay. The utility of ODK0501 was evaluated for 161 adult patients with lower respiratory tract(More)
Dysregulated production of adipocytokines in obesity is involved in the development of metabolic syndrome. URB/DRO1 contains N-terminal signal sequence and is thought to play a role in apoptosis of tumor cells. In the present study, we investigated the expression pattern of URB mRNA in adipose tissue and secretion from cultured adipocytes. In human and(More)
A highly sensitive immunochromatography test kit, ODK0501, was developed using specific polyclonal antibodies against the C-polysaccharide moiety of Streptococcus pneumoniae for the rapid detection of S. pneumoniae antigen in sputum samples. The clinical utility of ODK0501 for this detection was evaluated prospectively in 52 adult patients with respiratory(More)
OBJECTIVE Adiponectin and C1q have similar sequences, exist abundantly in blood, and are produced by adipose tissues. The aim of this study was to examine whether adiponectin and C1q form protein-complex in blood and to know the clinical significance of the C1q-adiponectin (C1q-APN) complex in serum. METHODS The direct interaction between adiponectin and(More)
Alpha(1 → 3)-l-fucosyltransferase (α1,3FT) activity was determined in plasma of patients with chronic liver diseases, namely, chronic hepatitis (CH), liver cirrhosis (LC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The plasma α1,3FT activity was significantly higher (p<0.01) in chronic liver diseases than that in normal controls. The enzyme activity in plasma of(More)
BACKGROUND In patients on long-term continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD), ultrafiltration (UF) capacity of peritoneal membrane may be impaired due to accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). This study aimed to elucidate the characteristics of a novel anti-AGE antibody, ODI-GLC19, and to demonstrate AGE accumulation in the(More)
Levels of fucosylated antigens in sera from patients with liver diseases were examined by a newly developed sandwich-type enzyme immuno assay with the aid of anti-fucosylated antigen antibody, YB-2 which reacts simultaneously with Y, Leb and H type 2 antigens. When the cut-off value was set arbitrarily at mean [3 SD values of normal, 30 (69.8%) of the 43(More)