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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)
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)
We report a rare case of a patient with Behçet's syndrome who developed end-stage renal failure due to crescentic glomerulonephritis (GN). A 20-year-old male patient had suffered from uveitis, aphthous mouth ulcers and genital ulceration for the past 7 years. His renal function rapidly deteriorated and renal biopsy specimens obtained when his serum(More)
Acute renal failure (ARF) with loin pain after exercise with development of wedge-shaped contrast enhancement on computed tomography (CT) has been described as a new disease entity. We report 2 patients who developed ARF with severe loin pain after exercise, showing wedge-shaped lesions both on CT and ultrasonography. Renal ultrasonography showed indistinct(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)