Takako Nishikawa

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A protective effect of Rho-kinase inhibitor on various organ injuries is gaining attention. Regarding liver injury, Rho-kinase inhibitor is reported to prevent carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)- or dimethylnitrosamine-induced liver fibrosis and hepatic ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats. Because Rho-kinase inhibitor not only improved liver fibrosis but also(More)
Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfotransferase (DHEA-ST) is a key enzyme in the formation of Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) and is thought to be involved in the conversion of various substances such as bile acids and cholesterol. The existence of DHEA-ST in the small intestine in addition to the adrenal gland and liver in adult humans was recently(More)
A novel compound, NO-1886, which possesses a powerful lipoprotein lipase activity-increasing action, induces hypertrophy of adrenals in rats and hyperplasia of cortical cells in dogs. However, these effects were not observed in monkeys. We examined the effects of NO- 1886 on steroid hormone production by adrenocortical cells to clarify its effects on(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), a potent mitogen for hepatocytes, enhances hepatocyte function without stimulating proliferation, depending on the physiological conditions. p53, a transcription factor, suppresses the cell proliferation by expressing p21(WAF1/CIP1) in various tissues. AIM To investigate the mechanism through which the(More)
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