Tetsuru Karasawa

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BACKGROUND Bone marrow cells (BMCs) have been shown to differentiate into a liver cell lineage, but little is known about their dynamics following transplantation. BMCs were cultured to investigate the expression of liver-specific genes in vitro and transplanted into in vivo liver-injury models to elucidate their dynamics in the liver. METHODS The mRNA(More)
The asialoglycoprotein receptor (ASGPR) is abundantly expressed on the sinusoidal surfaces of hepatocytes. However, regional expression and clinical significance of the ASGPR in acute hepatic damage is presently unknown. Our aim was to clarify the clinical significance of the regional expression of ASGPR in human livers with acute hepatitis (AH) and(More)
The effects of zonisamide on [3H]flunitrazepam binding and [3H]muscimol binding were studied in Sprague-Dawley rat brain. Specific [3H]flunitrazepam bound was decreased to 64.6 +/- 5.6% (mean +/- SD, n = 5, p < 0.002) and 91.9 +/- 4.0% (p < 0.005) by the addition of 10(-3) M and 10(-4) M zonisamide, respectively. Scatchard plot analysis of [3H]flunitrazepam(More)
Ribavirin is one of the major agents used in combination therapy with interferon for chronic hepatitis C, but is often associated with hemolytic anemia as a serious adverse event. Employing metabolome analysis, we demonstrated that the concentrations of intermediate metabolites produced by glycolysis and the pentose phosphate cycle in patients' erythrocytes(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Bone marrow (BM) cells have been shown to be capable of differentiating into a liver cell lineage in vitro. However, their differentiation and proliferation is poor, and the cell characteristics are poorly understood. METHODS We cultured rat BM cells on an artificial basement membrane containing extracellular matrix (ECM) with hepatocyte(More)
We report a case of chronic hepatitis C complicated with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), successfully treated with interferon (IFN) beta. A 65-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C with IFN beta. ITP was also diagnosed because of the presence of platelet associated IgG and the findings of bone marrow(More)
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