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Kanazawa Medical University is a private university in Uchinada, Ishikawa, Japan, established in 1972. Wikipedia.

The relation between serum total cholesterol (TC) and cardiovascular disease in women and in the elderly is unclear, especially in Asian populations. We examined this relation in the largest-scale pooled analysis of the Japanese population, the Evidence for Cardiovascular Prevention from Observational Cohorts in Japan (EPOCH-JAPAN) study. A total of 65 594 participants who were 40 to 89 years of age and did not have a past history of cardiovascular disease were examined. Cox proportional-hazards models were used to estimate hazard ratios for death from total stroke, cerebral infarction, intracranial cerebral hemorrhage, or coronary heart disease. The mean follow-up period was 10.1 years, with the number of deaths from total stroke, cerebral infarction, cerebral hemorrhage, and coronary heart disease being 875, 457, 212, and 374, respectively. The participants were divided into 2 age groups: middle-aged (40 to 69 years; mean age 55 years) and elderly (70 to 89 years; mean age 75 years). In men, the multivariate-adjusted hazard ratios for coronary heart disease in the highest TC category (≥6.21 mmol/L) compared with the lowest category (<4.14 mmol/L) were 2.52 (95% confidence interval: 1.15-5.07) in middle-aged participants and 2.77 (1.09-7.03) in elderly participants. In women, the hazard ratios of the highest TC category (≥6.72 mmol/L) compared with the lowest category (<4.66 mmol/L) were 3.20 (1.44-7.09) in middle-aged participants and 1.02 (0.42-2.49) in elderly participants. TC levels were not associated with cerebral infarction in any age or sex group and were associated negatively with total stroke and cerebral hemorrhage. High serum TC levels are associated with coronary heart disease in middle-aged Japanese men and women, but evidence in elderly Japanese individuals is still limited.

Ueda Y.,Kanazawa Medical University
Molecular Neurobiology | Year: 2014

Since the discovery of phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase, scientific interest in the biological functions of phosphoinositides has greatly increased. Currently, seven phosphoinositides have been identified. These phosphoinositides are specifically localized to organelle membranes, their site of action. Phosphoinositides can regulate neuronal function by specifically recruiting downstream proteins that have phosphoinositide-binding domains. To date, it is well accepted that phosphoinositides play important roles in a broad spectrum of neuronal functions from regulating neural development to modulating synapse function. This review will provide an overview of the function and distribution of phosphoinositides at synapses. © 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Noguchi M.,Kanazawa Medical University
Breast Cancer Research and Treatment | Year: 2010

The axillary reverse mapping (ARM) technique has been developed to map and preserve arm lymphatic drainage during axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) and/or sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy, thereby minimizing arm lymphedema. However, several problems remain to be resolved in the practical application of this technique. This article presents a review of current knowledge regarding ARM and discusses the practical applicability and relevance of this technique. Identification rates of ARM nodes were insufficient using blue dye. Although this was improved using radioisotopes, radioisotopes alone do not permit visual mapping of ARM lymphatics. Fluorescence imaging may be useful to improve the identification rate of ARM nodes and lymphatics. On the other hand, the ARM nodes may be involved with metastatic foci in patients with extensive axillary lymph node metastases. Moreover, the SLN draining the breast may be the same as the ARM node draining the upper extremity in a minority of patients. These issues represent important drawbacks of the ARM procedure. The success of ARM in reducing lymphedema has not yet been determined. Further studies are needed before this can be accepted as a standard procedure in surgical management of breast cancer. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Tanaka M.,Multiple Sclerosis Center | Tanaka K.,Kanazawa Medical University
Journal of Neuroimmunology | Year: 2014

The myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) is considered as a candidate marker of demyelinating disorders of the central nervous system. Here, sera samples from 48 consecutive Japanese patients with myelitis or optic neuritis (ON), but negative for anti-aquaporin (AQP) 4 antibodies (Abs), and 14 anti-AQP4 Ab-positive patients were tested for anti-MOG Abs using a cell-based immunofluorescence assay with full-length human MOG cDNA. Anti-MOG Abs were detected in four male patients with myelitis or ON. Oveall, 13 neuromyelitis optica-seronegative and all anti-AQP4 Ab-positive patients were negative for anti-MOG Abs. Hence, these findings warrant further examinations in large cohort series. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.

Multicentric Castleman's disease (MCD) is a polyclonal lymphoproliferative disorder that manifests as marked hyper-γ-globulinemia, severe inflammation, anemia, and thrombocytosis. Recently, Takai et al. reported a new disease concept, TAFRO syndrome, named from thrombocytopenia, anasarca, fever, reticulin fibrosis, and organomegaly. Furthermore, Kojima et al. reported Japanese MCD cases with effusion and thrombocytopenia (Castleman-Kojima disease). Here, we report two cases of MCD associated with marked pleural effusion, ascites, and thrombocytopenia, and discuss the independence of the TAFRO syndrome (Castleman-Kojima disease). Case 1: A 57-year-old woman had fever, anemia, anasarca, and some small cervical lymphadenopathy. Although she had been administered steroid therapy, and full-coverage antibiotics, her general condition, including fever, systemic inflammation, and anasarca, deteriorated steadily. We administered chemotherapy [CHOEP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, etoposide, and prednisolone) regimen], but despite a transient improvement, she died due to septic shock. Case 2: A 73-year-old man with a history of aplastic anemia and remission presented with fever, severe inflammation, and anasarca. Prednisolone was administered (15 mg daily), and his hyperinflammation once improved. Nevertheless, his general condition, including pleural effusion and ascites, worsened, and C-reactive protein and interleukin-6 levels showed marked increases. The patient died due to multiorgan failure. Cases of TAFRO syndrome (Castleman-Kojima disease) are still rare. Therefore, it is necessary to conduct multicenter clinical surveys including similar cases, such as ours, to reach a consensus regarding diagnostic criteria, therapeutic strategy, and pathophysiological etiology for this syndrome.

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