Takumi Yasugi

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Lipoprotein abnormalities were analyzed in 3 cases of marked hyperalphalipoproteinemia caused by complete deficiency of cholesteryl ester transfer activity. The probands were all men, aged 34, 43 and 48 years, respectively. The serum high density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol levels of these patients were higher than 150 mg/dl (157-254 mg/dl), while serum(More)
In this study, we perform a detailed analysis of the microglial and macrophage responses in a model of spinal cord ischemia and reperfusion (SCI/R) injury in Wistar rats. The rats underwent occlusion across the descending aorta for 13min, causing paraplegia or paresis of varying severity. They were divided into four groups based on neurological assessment:(More)
Direct activation of human cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) by interleukin (IL)-18 was observed in a system in which CTL effective against autologous tumor cells were generated. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from tumor-bearing patients, after removal of natural killer (NK) cells, were cultured in a medium containing IL-1, -2, -4, and -6, with or(More)
The polymorphisms of the B subunit of coagulation factor XIII (F13B), plasminogen (PLG), complement C6, C7, factor B (BF) and factor I (IF) were studied among 21 unrelated Japanese patients with primary varicose veins (PVV) by isoelectric focusing followed by immunoblotting. The allele frequencies for F13B*2 and IF*A in PVV patients were significantly(More)
This paper deals with changes in intralobular microvascular density and architecture of the rat mammary gland during the reproductive cycle. Morphometrical analysis of india ink-perfused histological sections showed that the vascular density (the percentage of the total area of the vascular lumen to the whole lobular area), was consistently low before(More)
BACKGROUND Liver dysfunction and cirrhosis affect vasculature in several organ systems and cause impairment of organ functions, thereby increasing morbidity and mortality. Establishment of a mouse model of hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS) would provide greater insights into the genetic basis of the disease. Our objectives were to establish a mouse model of(More)
We examined the microvasculature of the 7,12-dimethylbenz(a)anthracene (DMBA)-induced rat mammary tumour by scanning electron microscopy of corrosion casts. An elaborate vascular envelope predominantly consisting of sinusoidal and venular vessels was formed around each tumour nodule. These vessels exhibited various abnormal features, whereas arterioles(More)
BACKGROUND A bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is associated with premature valve dysfunction and abnormalities of the ascending aorta. The aim of our study was to assess the degree of ascending aortic dilatation by measuring the ratio of the dimension of the AAo to that of the descending aorta (DAo) using preoperative computerized tomography (CT). METHODS A(More)
Pregnancy in cases of Cushing's syndrome is rare. A pregnant patient with Cushing's syndrome due to an adrenal adenoma who was diagnosed in the third trimester is described. She underwent conservative treatment for Cushing's syndrome and delivered a normal infant by Caesarean section. Currently, 121 pregnancies in 97 patients have been reported, but a(More)