Tatsuya Nakatani

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We recently identified a novel gene, termed klotho (kl) that is involved in the development of a syndrome in mice resembling human aging. A defect of the kl gene expression in mice leads to multiple disorders including arteriosclerosis, osteoporosis, ectopic calcification, and skin atrophy together with short life-span and infertility. Patients with chronic(More)
Various N-sulfonylamino acid derivatives were synthesized and evaluated for their in vitro and in vivo activities to inhibit type IV collagenase (MMP-9 and MMP-2). When the amino acid residue and the sulfonamide moiety were modified, their inhibitory activities were greatly affected by the structure of the sulfonamide moiety. A series of aryl sulfonamide(More)
The tumorigenicity of kojic acid (KA), which is widely used for food and cosmetics in Japan, was examined in B6C3F1 mice. Female and male animals were divided into three groups and given 0, 1.5 and 3.0% KA containing food from the age of 6 weeks. At sacrifice after 20 months, thyroid weights were significantly increased in both sexes of mice receiving KA,(More)
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is frequently activated in patients with chronic liver diseases. Angiotensin-II (AT-II) has been suggested to play an important role in liver fibrogenesis. It induces hepatic stellate cell (HSC) proliferation and up-regulates the transforming growth factor beta(1) (TGF-beta(1)) expression via AT-II type 1 receptor(More)
Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP-1) has been shown to be increased in liver fibrosis development both in murine experimental models and human samples. However, the direct role of TIMP-1 during liver fibrosis development has not been defined. To address this issue, we developed transgenic mice overexpressing human TIMP-1 (hTIMP-1) in the liver(More)
Screening and prophylactic treatment for hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation is recommended for patients who receive immunosuppressive or cytotoxic therapy. The aim of this study was to clarify the prevalence of HBV reactivation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients who had received more than 1 year of immunosuppressive therapy. This study also evaluated(More)
BACKGROUND We have previously shown that correction of hypomagnesemia by magnesium (Mg) supplementation ameliorates chronic cyclosporine A (CsA) nephropathy via inhibiting gene expression of fibrogenic molecules. Experiments were conducted to further elucidate upstream mechanism of the beneficial effects upon CsA nephrotoxicity. METHODS CsA (15 mg/kg/day,(More)
An extracellular lipase secreted by Pseudomonas aeruginosa TE3285 was purified. A genomic library of this strain was constructed in lambda EMBL3, and a DNA fragment 2.7 kb long containing the lipase gene, lipA, was isolated with an oligonucleotide probe synthesized on the basis of the partial amino acid sequence of a purified preparation of the enzyme.(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Previous studies showed that patients with ESRD had increased intima-media thickness of the carotid artery (CA-IMT). In the present study, we examined whether CA-IMT would predict cardiovascular mortality in patients with ESRD. METHODS The(More)
In experimental animals such as rats and rabbits, CYP4B1 has an important role in mutagenic activation of procarcinogens in bladders. In human bladders, it is not clear whether CYP4B1 has such role or not. In the present study, human bladder microsomes activated 2-aminofluorene which is a typical substrate for CYP4B1 and is a bladder carcinogen. CYP4B1 was(More)