Tatsuhito Morita

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Autophagy is an intracellular bulk degradation process induced by cell starvation. Autophagy was recently reported to be induced by various stresses such as hypoxia, ischemia/reperfusion, toxins, and denatured proteins, and to affect cell survival and death. Light chain 3-II (LC3-II) is specifically located on double membrane-bound autophagosomes that(More)
The insertion/deletion (I/D) polymorphism in intron 16 of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) gene is involved in the development of cardiovascular diseases. We compared the ACE mRNA expression originating from the allele with a deletion (D allele) and that from the allele with an insertion (I allele) in human white blood cells from ID heterozygotes. We(More)
A case of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) associated with minimal-change nephrotic syndrome (MCNS) is described. A 41-year-old woman with SLE presented with symptoms of nephrotic syndrome. Renal biopsy revealed minor glomerular abnormalities without the deposition of immune complexes. The initial heavy proteinuria promptly decreased after the(More)
A 44-year-old man with intermittent asymmetric migratory oligoarthritis lasting the recent decade was admitted to our hospital. Considerable specific biomarkers for rheumatoid arthritis such as anti-agalactosyl IgG antibody are all negative. He was diagnosed as palindromic rheumatism (PR). Although hand X-rays showed no remarkable findings, hand magnetic(More)
Regulation of the ACTH receptor (R) in the adrenal gland by its own ligand "ACTH" has been a matter of controversy. In the present study, whether ACTH regulates the expression of mRNA for its own receptor in the adrenal gland was studied in human subjects and in rats in vivo. In the human study, adrenal adenoma tissues as well as adjacent normal tissues(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have identified high glucose as a potent stimulus for the intracellular synthesis of angiotensin II. However, the exact roles of angiotensin II and angiotensin II type 1 receptor blockers (ARB) in high-glucose-induced renal tubular function remain unclear. METHODS N-Acetyl-beta-glucosaminidase (NAG), angiotensin II and(More)
AIM We investigated the effect of angiotensin II (AII) type 1 (AT1) and angiotensin II type 2 (AT2) receptor blockers on tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha)-induced cell damage in human renal proximal tubular epithelial cells (RPTEC). METHODS The lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and N-acetyl-beta-glucosaminidase (NAG) release into the medium after(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Proteinuria is not merely a marker of chronic nephropathies, but may also be involved in the progression to end-stage renal failure. We investigated the effect of angiotensin II type 1 receptor blockers (ARBs) on albumin-induced cell damage in human renal proximal tubular epithelial cells (RPTEC). METHODS The(More)
BUF/Mna strain rats spontaneously develop slowly progressing mild-moderate muscle atrophy of extensor digitorum longus, tibialis, and extraocular muscles, which consist mainly of fast-twitch type fibers, at nearly 100% incidence. They have lighter extensor digitorum longus muscles than soleus muscles, when alive for more than 6 weeks. Genetic segregation of(More)
A 75-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital because of general fatigue. She had suffered from sarcoidosis during her 40s with remission, but subsequently she experienced progression of hypercalcemia and renal dysfunction for 7 years. On admission, she showed marked hypercalcemia (up to 15.5 mg/dl) and renal failure (serum creatinine 2.5 mg/dl). Plasma(More)