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Adipose tissue consists of mature adipocytes and endothelial cells, which are all supported by the extracellular matrix. Adipose tissue development is closely associated with angiogenesis. However, the adipocyte-endothelial cell interaction is unclear. To address this issue, we examined the effects of endothelial cells on the growth, apoptosis, and(More)
A 25-year-old man with a 2.5-year history of maintenance hemodialysis underwent a living-related donor (father) kidney transplantation. He was free from acute rejection, but 8 months after the kidney transplantation, he complained of malaise and fever which were accompanied by eruptions on the face, fingers, and hips which resembled symptoms seen in(More)
Hypercholesterolemic Imai rats, especially males, spontaneously develop proteinuria and glomerulosclerosis. We have shown that castration attenuated the progression of glomerular injury in male Imai rats. The present study was designed to investigate whether the attenuating effect of castration on glomerulosclerosis is eliminated by administration of(More)
We report on a 46-year-old female patient with a 5-year history of refractory nephrotic syndrome who rapidly developed extensive metastatic calcifications in lung, bone, blood vessels, skin, uterus and other soft tissues following maintenance hemodialysis. She was admitted for controlling anasarca. On admission, she suffered from severe nephrotic syndrome(More)
1-Hexylcarbamoyl-5-fluorouracil (HCFU) was administered orally to 63 patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) at a daily dose of 200 to 600 mg. Twenty three of those patients who received HCFU over 4 weeks without any other therapies were studied for its antitumor effect. Eighteen patients were evaluated for tumor size. The results showed a response(More)
A patient with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, who developed acute renal failure, was imaged by computed tomography (CT). Persistent wedge-shaped areas of low attenuation in the kidneys were shown by sequential scans but not areas of infarction were found at autopsy. This case suggests that a wedge-shaped low-density lesion on CT may occur not only in(More)
AIM Non-insulin-dependent diabetic mellitus model rats, Otsuka-Long-Evans-Tokushima-Fatty (OLETF), develop diabetic nephropathy presenting with mesangial expansion leading to glomerular sclerosis and thickening of the glomerular basement membrane (GBM), especially in elderly males. The effects of sex hormones and castration on the incidence of diabetes(More)
Hypercholesterolemic Imai rats spontaneously develop proteinuria and glomerulosclerosis, especially in males. Estrogen administration attenuated glomerular injury in male Imai rats, and the aggravating effect of ovariectomy in female rats is found. To clarify whether this aggravating effect of ovariectomy is due to a lack of estrogen, we administered(More)