Takahiko Kusakabe

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In this study, we examined the levels of Cadmium (Cd), iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn), which were considered to be involved in Sertoli cell damage caused by Cd exposure. We also examined metallothionein (MT), heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) and heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) expressions in Sertoli cells induced by Cd exposure. Evaluation by the in-air micro-particle(More)
To clarify the relation of essential metals to cadmium (Cd) toxicity, we evaluated metallothionein expression and analyzed the subcellular distribution of essential metals using in-air micro-Particle-Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE). Four mice were dosed orally with 100 mg/L of Cd in drinking water for 1.5 or 2 years. Frozen samples of organs were used for(More)
The aim of this study is to assess whether fucoidan modulates the expression of chemokine ligand 12 (CXCL12)/chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4) and exerts antitumor activity toward Huh7 hepatoma cells. According to 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assays, fucoidan inhibited the growth of Huh7 cells and HepG2 cells in a(More)
Cadmium (Cd) is known to cause various disorders in the testis, and metallothionein (MT) is known as a protein, which has a detoxification function for heavy metals. However, the changes of Fe, Cu, and Zn distribution in the testis induced by Cd exposure have not been well examined. Moreover, only a few studies have been reported on the localization of MT(More)
The hypertensive rat brain exhibited softening, severe edema and intracerebral hemorrhage. The NO(2) (-) + NO(3) (-) (NOx) level in the hypertensive rat brain was higher than in the normotensive rat brain. Light microscopy demonstrated severe arterial and arteriolar lesions with fibrinoid deposits and medial lesion. After injecting hypertensive rats with(More)
In our recent report, it remained unclear whether or not triglyceride-rich lipoprotein remnants (RLP) were associated with the risk of sudden coronary death in younger cases without coronary atherosclerosis that were detected in about 10% of all sudden coronary death cases in Japan. These cases were categorized as 'origin unknown, but suspected to be due to(More)
Gc globulin binds actin at an equimolar ratio with a high affinity. It has been revealed that complexes of Gc with actin are present in the plasma of human cadavers. In the present study, an immunoassay which we developed using a specific anti-Gc monoclonal antibody was applied to evaluate the complexed Gc in cadaver plasma. The percentage of Gc in the(More)
The ever-increasing presence of environmental toxicants and their disruptive effect on the reproductive systems of wildlife raises the question of possible damage to the human reproductive system. Using medicolegal data from over 20,000 Japanese men subjected to necropsy from 1948 to 1998, we investigated temporal changes in testis weight to find possible(More)