Toshikazu Gondo

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Changes in the expression of arginase and their association with nitrosative stress were investigated using an asthmatic model previously established in NC/Nga mice with mite extract. Mite crude extract (100 microg/day) from Dermatophagoides farinae was administered intranasally for 5 consecutive days (day 0-4), and a single challenge was performed on day(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Despite the evidence of hepatic iron overload in patients with chronic hepatitis C, it remains unknown if iron overload is related to hepatocarcinogenesis in this condition. The aim of this study was to determine whether iron overload contributes to development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in transgenic mice expressing the hepatitis C(More)
The cerebrum, cerebellum, and choroid plexuses from 16 patients with systemic amyloidosis, and the pituitary glands from 14 of these patients, were investigated histologically and immunohistochemically. Cerebrovascular amyloid (CVA) was found in the leptomeninges and cortices of six patients with systemic amyloidosis, including two patients with amyloid A(More)
Bone marrow stromal cells (MSCs) can be expanded rapidly in vitro and have the potential to be differentiated into neuronal, glial and endodermal cell types. However, induction for differentiation does not always have stable result. We present a new method for efficient induction and acquisition of neural progenitors, neuronal- and glial-like cells from(More)
BACKGROUND CYFRA 21-1 measures soluble cytokeratin-19 fragments in serum and is a useful marker for lung carcinoma, especially squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). The authors conducted this study to determine the significance of CYFRA 21-1 in patients with esophageal SCC. METHODS Expression and production of cytokeratin-19 in the authors' six established(More)
Periodic acid-Schiff-positive granules (PGs) appear in the mouse brains in relation to advancing age. The exact location and pathophysiological significance of PGs, however, are not fully understood. The incidence, staining properties, and topographical distributions of PGs in the brains of 17 AKR mice ranging in age from 7 to 18 months were examined(More)
Early amyloid deposition in the spleen was studied by immunoelectron microscopy following the administration of rapid amyloid-inducing agents to mice. Two days after the injection of an amyloidenhancing factor and casein solution, a small amount of amyloid material was observed at the border of the white pulp and the marginal zone (perifollicular area) and(More)
Endoscopic ultrasonography-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy (EUS-FNAB) has come into widespread use, mainly in Western countries, as an efficient and safe method for the cytologic or histologic diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. However, it still has received relatively little attention in Japan. To evaluate the clinical status of EUS-FNAB in Japan, we(More)
Senile plaques in the brains of Alzheimer's disease (AD) were examined by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) with the following three findings. First, in sections stained with Congo red, the serial CLSM images of optical sections clearly revealed that a classic plaque is composed of a plaque core and a corona. Radially arranged process-like(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Stronger Neo-Minophagen C (SNMC), a glycyrrhizin-containing preparation, has been used as a treatment for chronic hepatitis for more than 30 years in Japan, and shown to be effective in preventing the development of hepatocellular carcinoma in chronic hepatitis C patients, but its underlying mechanisms remain elusive. The aim of this study(More)