Yuji Nishikawa

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STUDY DESIGN Histologic changes in the spinal cord caused by progressive spinal kyphosis were assessed using a new animal model. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the effects of chronic compression associated with kyphotic deformity of the cervical spine on the spinal cord. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA The spinal cord has remarkable ability to resist chronic(More)
Kidney-targeted gene transfer is expected to revolutionize the treatment of renal diseases. Previous gene transfer methods using nonviral vectors administered via renal arterial, pelvic, or ureteric routes into the glomerulus, tubules, or interstitial fibroblasts have resulted in low-level expression for <1 month. The peritubular capillaries (PTC) network(More)
Hepatocellular carcinoma develops in either chronically injured or seemingly intact livers. To explore the tumorigenic mechanisms underlying these different conditions, we compared the mRNA expression profiles of mouse hepatocellular tumors induced by the repeated injection of CCl4 or a single diethylnitrosamine (DEN) injection using a cDNA microarray. We(More)
The authors describe an extremely rare case with malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST) with focal epithelioid differentiation presenting as an intraosseous lesion of the spine. A 75-year-old woman presented with progressive paraplegia caused by epidural mass arising from the posterior element of the T7 vertebra. At surgery, the lesion was noted to(More)
Differentiated epithelial cells show substantial lineage plasticity upon severe tissue injuries. In chronically injured mouse livers, part of hepatocytes become Sry-HMG box containing 9 (Sox9) (+) epithelial cell adhesion molecule (-) hepatocyte nuclear factor 4 α (+) biphenotypic hepatocytes. However, it is not clear whether all Sox9+ hepatocytes uniformly(More)
The BrafV637E mutation is frequently reported in mouse hepatic tumors, depending on the mouse strain, and corresponds to the human BrafV600E mutation. In this study, we detected the BrafV637E mutation by whole-exome analysis in 4/4 hepatic tumors induced by neonatal treatment with diethylnitrosamine (DEN) in male B6C3F1 mice. We also detected the BrafV637E(More)
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