Yuichi Chikaraishi

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Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is reported to be a potent pro-angiogenic factor that plays a pivotal role in both physiological and pathological angiogenesis. Royal jelly (RJ) is a honeybee product containing various proteins, sugars, lipids, vitamins and free amino acids. 10-Hydroxy-2-decenoic acid (10HDA), a major fatty acid component of RJ, is(More)
Ruboxistaurin, a protein kinase C (PKC) beta inhibitor, exhibits significant anti-angiogenic activity that reduces the response of vascular endothelial cells to stimulation by vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). In addition, the activation of PKC, specifically PKCbeta, plays a key role in the retinal neovascularization. However, the effect of(More)
PURPOSE To determine the vitreous level of soluble vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-1 (sVEGFR-1) in patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) or idiopathic macular hole (MH). Furthermore, to investigate the relationships among sVEGFR-1, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF). DESIGN(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the relationship between vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and extracellular superoxide dismutase (EC-SOD) in vitreous body and serum in patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR), and investigate the role of EC-SOD in PDR by evaluating its angiostatic effect, using an in vitro angiogenesis model. To investigate the(More)
In this study, we investigated the pharmacological effect of humulus lupulus (hops) on gastric juice volume and acidity using a rat pylorus-ligated model. In an intraorally administered experiment, hops clearly increased gastric juice volume without affecting acidity. On the other hand, hops had no influence on gastric juice volume when it was(More)
In higher animal cells, the principal limitation of gene-targeting technology is the extremely low efficiency of targeted integration, which occurs three to four orders of magnitude less frequently than random integration. Assuming that random integration mechanistically involves non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ), inactivation of this pathway should reduce(More)
Vaccinium myrtillus (Bilberry) extracts (VME) were tested for effects on angiogenesis in vitro and in vivo. VME (0.3-30 µg ml(-1)) and GM6001 (0.1-100 µM; a matrix metalloproteinase inhibitor) concentration-dependently inhibited both tube formation and migration of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) induced by vascular endothelial growth(More)
Oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR) has been widely studied as an animal model of retinal neovascularization diseases. Evaluation using this model is mainly performed by counting cell nuclei above the internal limiting membrane in serial cross-sections or by scoring in flat-mounted retinas. Quantitative evaluation is important for accurate elucidation of(More)
Rifampicin, an antibacterial drug widely used in the treatment of tuberculosis and leprosy, has recently been reported to have anti-oxidative and anti-apoptotic effects. However, its anti-angiogenic effect has not been investigated. We examined its anti-angiogenic effect on tube formation and proliferation by human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs)(More)
To evaluate the anti-angiogenic efficacy of CB-12181 [an azasugar derivative that has inhibitory actions against matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) converting enzyme (TACE)], we investigated the suppressing ability on in vitro (tube formation by endothelial cells) and in vivo (retinal neovascularization on murine(More)