Tsuneo Takenaka

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BACKGROUND Fabry's disease is considered very rare. Left ventricular hypertrophy is one of the common manifestations in adults with classic hemizygous disease. Recently, several cases of an atypical variant of hemizygous Fabry's disease, with manifestations limited to the heart, have been reported. Therefore, we assessed the incidence of hemizygosity for(More)
BACKGROUND Although studies have suggested that "late-onset" hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) may be caused by sarcomeric protein gene mutations, the cause of HCM in the majority of patients is unknown. This study determined the prevalence of a potentially treatable cause of hypertrophy, Anderson-Fabry disease, in a HCM referral population. METHODS AND(More)
Lymphoid infiltrates in the ocular adnexa are mostly low-grade B-cell lymphoma, but their clinicopathologic characteristics and prognostic factors have not been extensively analyzed according to the Revised European-American Lymphoma (REAL) Classification. We reviewed histopathologic sections from 77 patients with primary ocular adnexal lymphoid(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality in patients with kidney failure treated with hemodialysis (HD). Although angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) events in patients with diabetes and chronic kidney disease, their effect in patients with kidney failure on HD therapy is not known. STUDY(More)
Gap junctions are present in the juxtaglomerular apparatus enabling intercellular communication. Our study determined the location of different connexin subtypes within the juxtaglomerular apparatus of the rat, and the role of these subtypes in renal hemodynamics through the use of specific mimetic peptides. Immunohistochemical analysis showed connexins 37(More)
Collapsin-1/Sema III, a member of the semaphorin family, has been implicated in axonal pathfinding as a repulsive guidance cue. Cellular and molecular mechanisms by which collapsin-1 exerts its action are not fully understood. Collapsin-1 induces growth cone collapse via a pathway which may include neuropilin-1, a cellsurface collapsin-1 binding protein, as(More)
Pharmacokinetic analyses of three kinds of benzodiazepines--midazolam (MDZ), triazolam (TRZ) and alprezolam (APZ)--were performed in rats with cannulated portal and jugular veins. Each drug was administered to the double-cannulated rats, and pharmacokinetic data for the parent drugs and their 1'- and 4-hydroxylated metabolites were compared with those(More)
BACKGROUND Our previous retrospective study showed that benidipine was superior to amlodipine (AM) for reducing proteinuria and preserving the augmentation index (AI) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). METHODS The present study enrolled CKD patients whose blood pressure was not well controlled by an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) and a(More)
Interstitial fibrosis and hypoxia accelerate the progression of CKD, but clinical tools to quantitate these factors in patients are lacking. Here, we evaluated the use of two magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques, diffusion-weighted (DW)-MRI and blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD)-MRI, to assess kidney fibrosis and hypoxia of the cortex in 142(More)
The effect of galactose on alpha-galactosidase missense mutants causing Fabry disease was investigated in the COS-1 cell expression system and lymphoblasts. Three mutant enzymes, A156V, L166V and Q279E, showed increases in activity and amount in COS-1 cells cultured with galactose. Another mutant without catalytic activity, C142Y, did not show any changes.(More)