Yasutomo Akazawa

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Nine novel oxylipin metabolites together with several known ones were isolated from the brown alga Eisenia bicyclis. Five (1-5) of them are ecklonialactone derivatives containing a chlorine or an iodine atom, and two (6 and 7) are cymathere type oxylipins with a lactone ring or a chlorine atom. The structures of these oxylipin metabolites were confirmed by(More)
A 56-year-old Japanese man presented with a 2-month duration of polyuria and polydipsia. The diagnosis of diabetes insipidus was confirmed by water deprivation and vasopressin injection. The secretory function of the adenohypophysis was estimated as normal by a variety of provocative tests. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) displayed the loss of the(More)
A case of primary intrasellar germinoma in a 24-year-old woman is presented. Her initial symptoms were diabetes insipidus and headaches. The neurological examination found no abnormalities, but the endocrinological examination disclosed a deficiency in growth hormone secretion. Her skull x-ray revealed a normal sella turcica, and a computed tomographic scan(More)
Extreme insulin resistance occurs in patients with primary defects in insulin action at the receptor or postreceptor levels. The condition commonly is associated with acanthosis nigricans and ovarian masculinization. Despite a marked increase in insulin secretion, some patients develop frank diabetes mellitus that does not respond adequately to insulin(More)
Neurotensin administered intravenously in a dose of 1 nmole/kg produced triphasic blood pressure responses in anesthetized rats: the first depressor, second pressor and third depressor responses. The first depressor response was significantly suppressed by treatment of animals with a mixture of diphenhydramine and metiamide or chronic administration of(More)
Properties of cyclic 3',5'-nucleotide phosphodiesterase in the 100,500 X g supernatant of the bovine thyroid were investigated. The enzyme activity was measured by a radioisotopic method using an anionic-exchange resin, and it was found that the activity was stimulated by Mg2+. Sephadex G-200 gel filtration separated the supernatant into an activating(More)
The catalysis by phosphatidylethanolamine methyltransferase (PEMT) of phosphatidylcholine (PC) synthesis by the successive methylation of phosphatidylethanolamine in the presence of S-adenosylmethionine (AdoMet) as methyl donor, was detected in actively myelinating mouse brains. PEMT activity in the microsome fraction of fetal mouse brain at 17 days of(More)
A new devised arginine derivative, NG-mesitylene-2-sulfonylarginine, Arg(Mts), was employed for the synthesis of hypothalamic substance P and neurotensin. The former was obtained in 74% yield by treatment of the protected undecapeptide amide, Z - Arg(Mts) - Pro - Lys(Z) - Pro - Gln - Gln - Phe - Phe - Gly - Leu - Met(O)-NH2, with methanesulfonic acid in the(More)
In an attempt to clarify autoimmune nature of Grave's disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis, thyroidal autoantibodies have been studied on 86 cases of Grave's disease, 54 cases of Hashimoto's thyroiditis, 31 cases of simple goiter, 11 cases of primary hypothyroidism a-d 22 cases of thyroid neoplasia as well as on 364 healthy subjects. Two kinds of tanned red(More)