Tomoka Gomibuchi

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Osteoclasts are multinucleated cells that resorb bone. Osteoclastogenesis inhibitory factor (OCIF), also called osteoprotegerin (OPG), acts as a naturally occurring decoy receptor for osteoclast differentiation factor, which mediates an essential signal to osteoclast progenitors for their differentiation into osteoclasts. Here we show that the OCIF/OPG(More)
This experiment was carried out to investigate the inhibitory effects of glycyrrhizin and its aglycon, glycyrrhetinic acid, on the metabolism of cortisol and prednisolone in vivo and in vitro. The effects of glycyrrhetinic acid on the metabolism of cortisol were examined in vitro using rat and bovine liver homogenate. Glycyrrhetinic acid inhibits both(More)
MK 954 (DuP 753), a recently developed angiotensin II (Ang II) receptor antagonist, was administered orally for 2 weeks to spontaneously hypertensive (SHR) and Wistar-Kyoto rats (WKY). Whereas the basal levels of plasma Ang II were lower in SHR than in WKY, treatment with MK 954 markedly reduced blood pressure in SHR but not in WKY. Plasma renin activity,(More)
BACKGROUND The incidence of post-infectious glomerulonephritis (PIGN) in developed countries has decreased over the last 50 years. Here we identified the trends of the incidence of PIGN in Japan during the past four decades. METHODS We explored the frequency, clinicopathological findings, and prognosis of PIGN based on 6,369 cases from the Renal Biopsy(More)
O,p'-DDD has a cytotoxic action and inhibits the cholesterol side chain cleavage enzyme, 11 beta-hydroxylase, 3 beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase coupled with delta 5 to 4 isomerase and 21-hydroxylase of the adrenal cells. However, the effects of o,p'-DDD on gonadal steroidogenesis are still unknown. In the present study, the effects of o,p'-DDD on Plasma(More)
Adrenal tumors showing no clinical manifestations (incidentaloma) are frequently encountered during imaging analysis upon routine examinations. These tumors are sometimes associated with hypertension and/or diabetes mellitus (DM). We have examined six cases of incidentalomas with these symptoms in this study. All patients underwent endocrinological(More)
We report a 54-year old man diagnosed as idiopathic hyperaldosteronism (IHA) at least 12 years after the onset. At the age of 42, he showed hypertension (162/100mmHg), hypokalemia, metabolic alkalosis, low plasma renin activity (PRA) and normal plasma aldosterone concentration (PAC) in a supine posture. Both PRA and PAC were elevated after a 2-hour(More)
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