Toru Funahashi

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Animal disease models are pivotal in investigating the pathogenesis of emphysema and developing novel drugs, but the modalities to evaluate murine emphysema models have been of limited validity and sensitivity. In this study, we evaluated hyperpolarized (129)Xe magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) compared with(More)
As the plasma level of adiponectin is related to metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular events, a low plasma adiponectin level may either cause or trigger cardiovascular disorders. The purpose of this study was to determine whether a low adiponectin level contributes to cardiovascular events, and to investigate the factors influencing adiponectin in the(More)
Adiponectin is an adipocytokine that modulates energy homeostasis and glucose metabolism. Here, we examined the effects of acute intravenous (iv) and lateral cerebral ventricular (LCV) injections of adiponectin on the renal sympathetic nerve activity (RSNA) and blood pressure (b/p) in urethane-anesthetized rats. Both iv and LCV injections of adiponectin(More)
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