Takuya Kawakita

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In this study, we estimated the effects of traditional Japanese medicines on liver fibrosis in Wistar rats injected with porcine serum twice a week for 8 weeks. The rats were orally administered Hochu-ekki-to, Ninjin-youei-to (100 and 300 mg/kg/day) or Sho-saiko-to (300 mg/kg/day) 5 days per week. Serum and liver samples were obtained 2 days after the last(More)
The disruption of myelin causes severe neurological diseases. An understanding of the mechanism of myelination and remyelination is essential for the development of therapeutic strategies for demyelination diseases. Our previous findings indicated that the FcRγ/Fyn cascade is a potential therapeutic target for remyelination caused by the Chinese/Japanese(More)
Sairei-to is a traditional herbal medicine used to complement, and as an alternative to, Western drugs. The aim of this study was to evaluate the pharmacokinetic interactions between Sairei-to and nifedipine (NFP), a substrate for CYP3A, in rats. NFP-oxidizing activity and the pharmacokinetics of NFP were examined after a single or 1-week of administration(More)
Hachimi-jio-gan (Chinese name: Ba-Wei-Di-Huang-Wan, HMG), a traditional Japanese herbal medicine, has been used for disorders accompanying aging. Our previous studies suggested that HMG ameliorated Thl-predominant autoimmune diseases in MRL/lpr mice through inhibition of IL-12 production. In the present study, the oral administration of HMG down-regulated(More)
Oral administration of Hachimi-jio-gan (HMG, Ba-Wei-Di-Huang-Wan), a traditional Japanese herbal medicine, for several weeks, ameliorates some autoimmune symptoms of MRL/lpr mice. In the short time treatment for 9 days, hyperresponsiveness of mesenteric lymph node (MLN) cells to interleukin (IL)-18 manifested by the proliferation or the production of(More)
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