Tomoko Kodama

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We studied polymorphisms of mitochondrial DNA 5178cytosine/adenine (mt5178C/A) and angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) genes (DCP1) in 127 cerebrovascular disorder (CVD) patients and 294 age-matched normal controls to clarify the genetic background of Japanese patients with CVD. Mt5178C was predominant in CVD patients compared with controls (P<0.01). The(More)
OBJECTIVE To establish a statistical diagnostic method to identify patients with Minamata disease (MD) considering factors of aging and sex, we analyzed the neurological findings in MD patients, inhabitants in a methylmercury polluted (MP) area, and inhabitants in a non-MP area. MATERIALS AND METHODS We compared the neurological findings in MD patients(More)
We have conducted annual health checkup surveys of elderly subjects aged 60 years or older in a remote island of southwestern Japan. After excluding patients with neurological diseases and the subjects who needed help in activities of daily living, a cross-sectional analysis of the data obtained from 348 elderly people aged 60-89 years was made. We examined(More)
A 2-month-old Japanese girl exhibited tonic seizure, agenesis of the corpus callosum, lacunar chorioretinopathy, vertebral anomalies, electroencephalographic abnormalities and a malignant tumor. Autopsy revealed a hepatoblastoma and severe brain malformations consisting of callosal agenesis, arhinencephaly, marked polymicrogyria and optic nerve anomalies.(More)
We previously showed that the polymeric forms of polyphenols present in oolong tea extract exhibited strong inhibitory activities against glucosyltransferases (GTases) of mutans streptococci, while green tea extract, which is rich in catechins, did not show such GTase-inhibitory activities. In this study, (+)-catechin(More)
Fatty acid-binding protein (FABP) 4 is an adipocytokine mainly expressed in adipocyte and macrophage. Blood FABP4 is related not only to metabolic disorders including insulin resistance and atherosclerosis but also increased blood pressure. We tested the hypothesis that FABP4 plays roles in pathogenesis of hypertension development including proliferation,(More)
BACKGROUND Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are considered to have a role in the progression of puromycin aminonucleoside (PAN) nephrosis. However, the exact mechanism by which PAN induces ROS in this model is little known. In the present study, we attempted to purify a candidate for the target protein from PAN nephrotoxicity. METHODS Using PAN-affinity(More)
A 56-yr-old man with hypogonadism, gynecomastia, and mental retardation was evaluated for chromosome constitution and thrombocytopenia. Chromosomal analysis demonstrated the mosaicism of 48, XXYY and 47, XXY in the peripheral lymphocytes. Twenty out of twenty-five cells were 48, XXYY karyotype and the remaining five were 47, XXY karyotype. Thrombocytopenia(More)
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