Takemi Kimura

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To explore the role of apolipoprotein E (ApoE) in schizophrenia, we investigated ApoE phenotypes in a group of patients with schizophrenia. Serum samples were obtained from 122 schizophrenic patients and 126 controls in Japan and were examined using isoelectric focusing/immunoblotting. This experiment showed a trend toward a decreased frequency of ApoE(More)
The recent identification of age-related accumulation of advanced glycation end-products (AGE) of the Maillard reaction in neurons and vessels of the human brain suggests the involvement of AGE in the aging process. A variety of inclusions such as lipofuscin granules, corpora amylacea, Hirano bodies, granulovacuolar degenerations and ubiquitin-positive(More)
The findings that free radicals play a causative role in the occurrence of tardive dyskinesia (TD) and that apolipoprotein E (ApoE) 4 has decreased anti-oxidant activity suggest a potential link between TD and ApoE alleles. We, therefore, examined ApoE allelic frequencies in schizophrenic subjects with TD and non-TD. Serum samples were obtained from 333 DSM(More)
Previous studies from our laboratory demonstrated that N(epsilon)-(carboxymethyl)lysine (CML), one of the major advanced glycation end products (AGE), was accumulated in human pyramidal neurons in the hippocampus in an age-dependent manner. This suggests a potential link between AGE-accumulation and the aging process in neurons. The purpose of the present(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate the efficacy of Yokukansan in improving behavioral symptoms of frontotemporal dementia. This study was a prospective, open-label trial of daily Yokukansan for 4 weeks in 20 frontotemporal dementia patients. Yokukansan treatment was found to significantly improve scores for the Neuropsychiatric Inventory and(More)
Rivastigmine, galantamine, and memantine, in addition to donepezil, which has been on the market over 10 years, have been available for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD) since 2011 in Japan, leading a new stage in the medical treatment of AD. We studied two AD patients showing sudden deterioration of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia(More)
Inclusions, such as corpora amylacea, axonal spheroids and ubiquitin-positive granular structures, are present in aged brains. We found a phosphorylated tau-positive inclusion in brain tissues obtained from 13 non-demented subjects and five patients with Alzheimer's disease. This inclusion was spherical and 3-20 microm in size. It was most frequently(More)
We evaluated the proportion of classic plaques among all of the senile plaques in four Alzheimer brains (frontal, temporal, occipital and hippocampal areas) by the usual method of two-dimensional analysis using a single methenamine silver-stained section and three-dimensional analysis using a set of serial sections. Three-dimensional analysis showed the(More)
AIM The behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia place a heavy burden on caregivers. Antipsychotic drugs, though used to reduce the symptoms, frequently decrease patients' activities of daily living and reduce their quality of life. Recently, it was suggested that ferulic acid is an effective treatment for behavioral and psychological symptoms. We(More)