Takanori Hasegawa

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OBJECTIVE Ischemic heart disease is a pivotal complication for diabetic patients. Electron-beam computed tomography (EBCT) represents the only noninvasive method that allows for accurate quantification of coronary artery calcification that reflects underlying atherosclerotic disease. Although coronary calcium score (CCS) cut points that predict the presence(More)
Mice lacking a functional bombesin receptor subtype-3 (BRS-3) develop mild obesity. However, the origin of obesity in BRS-3 knockout (KO) mice remains unclear. We used a strain-crossing strategy to investigate the physiological role of the BRS-3 pathway. We crossed female heterozygous BRS-3 KO mice (X-/X) and male KK-Ay mice (Ay/+) to obtain BRS-3 KO/KK-Ay(More)
To determine the effects of Lactobacillus plantarum strain HSK201 on Japanese cedar pollinosis, a single-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted in 2008. The HSK201 group was administered fermented milk prepared with HSK201 for 8 weeks, and the placebo group was administered non-fermented milk adjusted to the same acidity and taste. We found HSK201(More)
A 65-year-old man with previous history of congestive heart failure and genetically proven Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) was suddenly suffered from aphasia and right hemiplegia. Physical examination showed severe motor aphasia, right hemiplegia, and signs of left heart failure. An echocardiogram before the onset of aphasia showed markedly dilated left(More)
L-leucyl-L-leucine methyl ester (LLME) is known to remove lysosome-rich cells from human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). To evaluate the immunopotentiating ability of lactic acid bacteria (LAB), we adopted the in vitro stimulation protocol of LLME-treated PBMCs as a model assay system and monitored the level of antibody produced by stimulated(More)
A 49-year-old woman with seronegative myasthenia gravis (SNMG) was admitted to our hospital with severe respiratory failure, proximal muscle weakness and bulbar palsy. Permanent tracheostomy and continuous mechanical ventilation were performed. At a previous hospital, she was diagnosed as SNMG on the basis of the positive waning during 3 Hz repetitive(More)
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