Tomoko Namba

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Autophagy is a bulk protein degradation system that likely plays an important role in normal proximal tubule function and recovery from acute ischemic kidney injury. Using conditional Atg5 gene deletion to eliminate autophagy in the proximal tubule, we determined whether autophagy prevents accumulation of damaged proteins and organelles with aging and(More)
A 53-year-old male was admitted to our hospital for a high fever. He suffered a change in personality, memory loss and disorientation as well. The findings of cerebrospinal fluid showed monocytosis, but the titers of glucose, C1 and ADA were all normal. Although there was no bacterium in the CSF, the patient's electroencephalography finding was abnormal. We(More)
Autophagy is a highly conserved bulk protein degradation pathway involved in cellular homeostasis. Although emerging evidence indicates involvement of autophagy in various conditions, efforts to clarify the role of autophagy in renal tubules are beginning to be elucidated. In the present study, we examined the hypothesis that autophagy guards against acute(More)
Although hypokalemia is a common clinical problem, symptoms generally do not become manifest unless the serum potassium (K) falls rapidly. We encountered five cases with symptomatic severe hypokalemia (K<2.0 mEq/L) hospitalized for the past 15 months at our hospital. We examined the clinical characteristics and treatment of these patients. All five patients(More)
Hypertension, which is affected by genetic and environmental factors, is one of the major risk factors for chronic kidney disease. Identification of the genetic factor contributing to hypertension in patients with chronic kidney disease may potentially refine a therapeutic strategy. In the present multicenter cross-sectional study, 240 patients were(More)
In December 2008, a 69-year-old Japanese woman was admitted to the Department of Otorhinolaryngology because of hearing impairment due to bilateral exudative otitis media, and was discharged without complete recovery despite conventional treatment. Two weeks later, she was readmitted for worsened deafness, numbness, gait disturbance, and general fatigue.(More)
On April 25, 2003, a 62-year-old Japanese man had been admitted to a hospital because of heavy proteinuria and elevated serum creatinine level, and purpura on the lower extremities. On May 15, 2003, he was referred to our hospital for evaluation and treatment. Serum immunoglobulin and complements were within normal ranges. Immune serology was negative for(More)
Two siblings with autosomal recessive Alport syndrome (ARAS) obtained renal transplants from their consanguineous parents. Their COL4A3 mRNA transcripts were disrupted by a 139 bp intronic sequence between exon 48 and 49, which was derived from an antisense Alu element in this intron. The new amino acid sequence from the cryptic exon was terminated by a(More)
Background Medullary cystic kidney disease Type 1 is an autosomal dominant tubulointerstitial kidney disease (ADTKD). Recently, mucin 1 (MUC1) was identified as a causal gene of medullary cystic kidney disease (ADTKD-MUC1). However, the MUC1 mutation was found to be a single cytosine insertion in a single copy of the GC-rich variable number of tandem(More)