Yasutaka Murata

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Cystic periventricular leukomalacia (cPVL), the principal ischemic brain injury in premature infants, is characterized by necrosis of the white matter in the periventricular region and the major neuropathology for spastic motor deficits in cerebral palsy or epilepsy. Recent reports strongly suggest that the brain injury associated with cPVL may have already(More)
Local concentrations of the vasopressor peptide, angiotensin II (AngII), depend upon the balance between synthesis and degradation. Previous studies of blood pressure (BP) regulation have focused primarily on the generation of AngII and its receptors, and less attention has been devoted to angiotensin degradation. Aminopeptidase A (APA, EC 3.4.11.7) is(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this paper was to evaluate the efficacies and safety of transurethral prostate enucleation by bipolar system (TUEB) for the patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). METHODS We prospectively evaluated clinical outcomes of TUEB in 55 patients with BPH from July 2005 to January 2011. Mean ages of the patients were 69.2 years.(More)
BACKGROUND To clarify the effect of estradiol benzoate on placental structure and its consequences for fetal survival and fetoplacental growth. STUDY DESIGN Estradiol benzoate (0, 0.1, 1, 10, 100 microg/day) was infused intraperitoneally into pregnant Wistar rats from 12 to 19 days' gestation. Survival rate, weight of pups and placentas at 20 days'(More)
Gonadotropin-producing pituitary adenomas are extremely rare in reproductive-age women. We report here a case of gonadotroph microadenoma with ovarian hyperstimulation. It was found in a 29-yr-old infertile Japanese woman with enlarged multicystic ovaries. The patient had an elevated basal serum estradiol level (up to 6755 pM, or 1840 pg/ml). Serum FSH and(More)
BACKGROUND Hypertension complicated with pregnancy is a major cause of maternal and fetal mortality, but its pathophysiology is unclear. OBJECTIVE To investigate the pressor response to angiotensin II (Ang II) and the involvement of the Ang II degrading protease, aminopeptidase A, in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). DESIGN Pregnant SHRs and(More)
A solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) is an unusual spindle cell neoplasm that usually arises in the pleura but rarely occurs in the kidney. Despite its rarity, histological diagnosis of SFT is crucial to avoid misdiagnosis with other malignant tumors in the kidney. We report a SFT of the left kidney that presented as a malignant tumor on radiographic findings in(More)
Aminopeptidase A (APA, BP-1) is a membrane-bound zinc metallopeptidase that converts angiotensin II (AngII) into AngIII by selectively hydrolyzing the N-terminal aspartyl residue. AngII has been proposed as a candidate for the initial vasoconstrictor of endometrial spiral arteries/arterioles in the preliminary step of menstruation. In the late secretory(More)
BACKGROUND Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) is an important and dangerous aspect of assisted reproduction techniques. Although elective cryopreservation of all embryos can prevent pregnancy-induced late OHSS, it cannot prevent early OHSS, which is induced by hCG administration. METHODS We undertook this trial to assess the efficacy with which the(More)
Aberrant overexpression of ERG induced by the TMPRSS2-ERG gene fusion is likely involved in the development of prostate cancer. Synthetic pyrrole-imidazole (PI) polyamides recognize and attach to the minor groove of DNA with high affinity and specificity. In the present study, we designed a PI polyamide targeting TMPRSS2-ERG translocation breakpoints and(More)