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Miyata R.,Tokyo Kita Social Insurance Hospital | Miyata R.,Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science | Tanuma N.,Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science | Hayashi M.,Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science | And 8 more authors.
Brain and Development | Year: 2012

We examined oxidative stress markers, tau protein and cytokines in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in six patients with clinically mild encephalitis/encephalopathy with a reversible splenial lesion (MERS). In the CSF, 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) and hexanoyl-lysine adduct levels increased over the cutoff index in four and one out of six MERS patients, respectively. The CSF IL-6 and IL-10 levels were increased in three out of six patients, two of which had extended lesion of the cerebral white matter. The CSF value of tau protein, marker of the axonal damage, was not increased, and neuron specific enolase (NSE) in the CSF was not increased. The increased 8-OHdG levels in the CSF, DNA oxidative stress marker, in four MERS patients, suggesting involvement of oxidative stress in MERS. MERS is occasionally accompanied with hyponatremia, although our patients lacked hyponatremia. It is possible that the disequilibrium of systemic metabolism including electrolytes may lead to facilitation of oxidative stress and reversible white matter lesion in MERS. The increase of cytokine production seems to be involved in the distribution of lesions in MERS. © 2011 The Japanese Society of Child Neurology.


Kubo T.,Osaka City University | Takeshita T.,Osaka City University | Shimono T.,Osaka City University | Hashimoto S.,PL Hospital | Miki Y.,Osaka City University
Clinical Radiology | Year: 2014

Pancreatic cystic lesions are increasingly being detected incidentally because of the increased use of cross-sectional imaging. Squamous-lined cysts of the pancreas (lymphoepithelial cyst, epidermoid cyst, and dermoid cyst) are rare cystic lesions lined with squamous epithelium. Distinguishing squamous-lined cysts from other cystic lesions of the pancreas is important to avoid unnecessary surgery, because squamous-lined cysts of the pancreas have no malignant potential. The purpose of this review is to describe findings on computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging and the histopathological characteristics of squamous-lined cysts, and to summarize the key points of differential diagnosis for pancreatic cystic lesions. © 2014 The Royal College of Radiologists. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Morikawa H.,Osaka City University | Fukuda K.,PL Hospital | Kobayashi S.,Osaka City University | Fujii H.,Osaka City University | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Gastroenterology | Year: 2011

Background : Although histopathological examination by "invasive" liver biopsy remains the gold standard for evaluating disease progression in chronic liver disease, noninvasive tools have appeared and have led to great progress in diagnosing the stage of hepatic fibrosis. The aim of this study was to assess the value of real-time tissue elastography, using an instrument made in Japan, for the visible measurement of liver elasticity; in particular, comparing the results with those of transient elastography (Fibroscan). Methods: Real-time tissue elastography (RTE), transient elastography (Fibroscan), liver biopsy, and routine laboratory analyses were performed in 101 patients with chronic hepatitis C. The values for tissue elasticity obtained using novel software (Elasto-ver 1.5.1) connected to RTE were transferred to four image features, Mean, Standard Deviation (SD), Area, and Complexity. Their association with the stage of fibrosis at biopsy and with liver stiffness (kPa) obtained by Fibroscan was analyzed. Results: Colored images obtained by RTE were classified into diffuse soft, intermediate, and patchy hard patterns and the calculated elasticity differed significantly between patients according to and correlated with the stages of fibrosis (p < 0.0001). Mean, SD, Area, and Complexity showed significant differences between the stages of fibrosis (Tukey-Kramer test, p < 0.05). In discriminating patients with cirrhosis, the areas under the receiver operating characteristic curves (AUC) were 0.91 for Mean, 0.84 for SD, 0.91 for Area, 0.93 for Complexity, and 0.95 for Fibroscan. Conclusions: RTE is a noninvasive instrument for the colored visualization of liver elasticity in patients with chronic liver disease. © 2010 Springer.


Itoh T.,Kinki University | Imano M.,Kinki University | Nishida S.,Kinki University | Tsubaki M.,Kinki University | And 3 more authors.
NeuroMolecular Medicine | Year: 2011

A major component of green tea, a widely consumed beverage, is (-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has strong antioxidant properties. Our previous study has indicated that free radical production following rat traumatic brain injury (TBI) induces neural degeneration. In this study, we investigated the effects of EGCG on cerebral function and morphology following TBI. Six-week-old male Wistar rats that had access to normal drinking water, or water containing 0.1% (w/v) EGCG ad libitum, received TBI with a pneumatic controlled injury device at 10 weeks of age. Immunohistochemistry and lipid peroxidation studies revealed that at 1, 3 and 7 days post-TBI, the number of 8-hydroxy-2′-deoxyguanosine-, 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal- and single-stranded DNA (ssDNA)-positive cells, and the levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) around the damaged area after TBI, significantly decreased in the EGCG treatment group compared with the water group (P < 0.05). Most ssDNA-positive cells in the water group co-localized with neuronal cells. However, in the EGCG treatment group, few ssDNA-positive cells co-localized with neurons. In addition, there was a significant increase in the number of surviving neuronal cells and an improvement in cerebral dysfunction after TBI in the EGCG treatment group compared with the water group (P < 0.05). These results indicate that consumption of water containing EGCG pre- and post-TBI inhibits free radical-induced neuronal degeneration and apoptotic cell death around the damaged area, resulting in the improvement of cerebral function following TBI. In summary, consumption of green tea may be an effective therapy for TBI patients. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011.


Itoh T.,Kinki University | Satou T.,Kinki University | Nishida S.,Kinki University | Tsubaki M.,Kinki University | And 3 more authors.
Neurochemical Research | Year: 2010

Edaravone is a novel free radical scavenger used clinically in patients with acute cerebral infarction; however, it has not been assessed in traumatic brain injury (TBI). We investigated the effects of edaravone on cerebral function and morphology following TBI. Rats received TBI with a pneumatic controlled injury device. Edaravone (3 mg/kg) or physiological saline was administered intravenously following TBI. Numbers of 8-OHdG-, 4-HNE-, and ssDNA-positive cells around the damaged area after TBI were significantly decreased in the edaravone group compared with the saline group (P < 0.01). There was a significant increase in neuronal cell number and improvement in cerebral dysfunction after TBI in the edaravone group compared with the saline group (P < 0.01). Edaravone administration following TBI inhibited free radical-induced neuronal degeneration and apoptotic cell death around the damaged area. In summary, edaravone treatment improved cerebral dysfunction following TBI, suggesting its potential as an effective clinical therapy. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.


Itoh T.,Kinki University | Imano M.,Kinki University | Nishida S.,Kinki University | Tsubaki M.,Kinki University | And 8 more authors.
Journal of Neural Transmission | Year: 2013

We have previously reported free radical production after traumatic brain injury (TBI), which induces neural stem cell (NSC) degeneration and death. However, the effects of aging on NSC proliferation around the damaged area following TBI have not been investigated. Therefore, in this study, we used 10-week (young group) and 24-month-old (aged group) rat TBI models to investigate the effects of aging on NSC proliferation around damaged tissue using immunohistochemical and ex vivo techniques. Young and aged rats received TBI. At 1, 3 and 7 days after TBI, immunohistochemical and lipid peroxidation studies were performed. Immunohistochemistry revealed that the number of nestin-positive cells around the damaged area after TBI in the aged group decreased significantly when compared with those in the young group (P < 0.01). However, the number of 8-hydroxy-2′-deoxyguanosine-, 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal- and single-stranded DNA (ssDNA)-positive cells and the level of peroxidation around the damaged area after TBI significantly increased in the aged group, compared with those in the young group (P < 0.01). Furthermore, almost all ssDNA-positive cells in young and aged groups co-localized with NeuN and nestin staining. Ex vivo studies revealed that neurospheres, which differentiated into neurons and glia in culture, could only be isolated from injured brain tissue in young and aged groups at 3 days after TBI. These results indicate that, although there were fewer NSCs that have the potential to differentiate into neurons and glia, these NSCs escaped free radical-induced degeneration around the damaged area after TBI in the aged rat brain. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.


Itoh T.,Kinki University | Imano M.,Kinki University | Nishida S.,Kinki University | Tsubaki M.,Kinki University | And 4 more authors.
Brain Structure and Function | Year: 2013

Progressive age-associated increases in cerebral dysfunction have been shown to occur following traumatic brain injury (TBI). Moreover, levels of neuronal mitochondrial antioxidant enzymes in the aged brain are reduced, resulting in free radical-induced cell death. It was hypothesized that cognitive impairment after TBI in the aged progresses to a greater degree than in younger individuals, and that damage involves neuronal degeneration and death by free radicals. In this study, we investigated the effects of free radicals on neuronal degeneration, cell death, and cognitive impairment in 10-week-old (young group) and 24-month-old rats (aged group) subjected to TBI. Young and aged rats received TBI with a pneumatic controlled injury device. At 1, 3 and 7 days after TBI, immunohistochemistry, lipid peroxidation and behavioral studies were performed. At 1, 3 and 7 days post-TBI, the number of 8-hydroxy-2′- deoxyguanosine-, 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal- and single-stranded DNA (ssDNA)-positive cells, and the levels of malondialdehyde around the damaged area after TBI significantly increased in the aged group when compared with the young group (P < 0.05). In addition, the majority of ssDNA-positive cells in both groups co-localized with neuronal cells around the damaged area. There was a significant decrease in the number of surviving neurons and an increase in cognitive impairment after TBI in the aged group when compared with the young group (P < 0.05). These results indicate that following TBI, high levels of free radicals are produced in the aged rat brain, which induces neuronal degeneration and apoptotic cell death around the damaged area, resulting in cognitive impairment. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.


Itoh T.,Kinki University | Tabuchi M.,Kinki University | Mizuguchi N.,Kinki University | Imano M.,Kinki University | And 8 more authors.
Journal of Neural Transmission | Year: 2013

Our previous study indicated that consuming (-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) before or after traumatic brain injury (TBI) eliminated free radical generation in rats, resulting in inhibition of neuronal degeneration and apoptotic death, and improvement of cognitive impairment. Here we investigated the effects of administering EGCG at various times pre- and post-TBI on cerebral function and morphology. Wistar rats were divided into five groups and were allowed access to (1) normal drinking water, (2) EGCG pre-TBI, (3) EGCG pre- and post-TBI, (4) EGCG post-TBI, and (5) sham-operated group with access to normal drinking water. TBI was induced with a pneumatic controlled injury device at 10 weeks of age. Immunohistochemistry and lipid peroxidation studies revealed that at 1, 3, and 7 days post-TBI, the number of 8-Hydroxy-2′-deoxyguanosine-, 4-Hydroxy-2-nonenal- and single-stranded DNA (ssDNA)-positive cells, and levels of malondialdehyde around the damaged area were significantly decreased in all EGCG treatment groups compared with the water group (P < 0.05). Although there was a significant increase in the number of surviving neurons after TBI in each EGCG treatment group compared with the water group (P < 0.05), significant improvement of cognitive impairment after TBI was only observed in the groups with continuous and post-TBI access to EGCG (P < 0.05). These results indicate that EGCG inhibits free radical-induced neuronal degeneration and apoptotic death around the area damaged by TBI. Importantly, continuous and post-TBI access to EGCG improved cerebral function following TBI. In summary, consumption of green tea may be an effective therapy for TBI patients. © 2012 Springer-Verlag Wien.


Itoh T.,Kinki University | Imano M.,Kinki University | Nishida S.,Kinki University | Tsubaki M.,Kinki University | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Neural Transmission | Year: 2011

Exercise is reported to inhibit neuronal apoptotic cell death in the hippocampus and improve learning and memory. However, the effect of exercise on inhibition of neuronal apoptosis surrounding the area of damage after traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the improvement of cerebral dysfunction following TBI are unknown. Here, we investigate the effect of exercise on morphology and cerebral function following TBI in rats. Wistar rats received TBI by a pneumatic controlled injury device were randomly divided into two groups: (1) non-exercise group and (2) exercise group. The exercise group ran on a treadmill for 30 min/day at 22 m/min for seven consecutive days. Immunohistochemical and behavioral studies were performed following TBI. The number of single-stranded DNA (ssDNA)-positive cells around the damaged area early after TBI was significantly reduced in the exercise group compared with the non-exercise group (P < 0.05). Furthermore, most ssDNA-positive cells in the non-exercise group co-localized with neuronal cells. However, in the exercise group, a few ssDNA-positive cells co-localized with neurons. In addition, there was a significant increase in neuronal cell number and improvement in cerebral dysfunction after TBI in the exercise group compared with the non-exercise group (P < 0.05). These results indicate that exercise following TBI inhibits neuronal degeneration and apoptotic cell death around the damaged area, which results in improvement of cerebral dysfunction. In summary, treadmill running improved cerebral dysfunction following TBI, indicating its potential as an effective clinical therapy. Therefore, exercise therapy (rehabilitation) in the early phase following TBI is important for recuperation from cerebral dysfunction. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.


Itoh T.,Kinki University | Imano M.,Kinki University | Nishida S.,Kinki University | Tsubaki M.,Kinki University | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Neural Transmission | Year: 2011

Exercise enhances neuronal stem cell (NSC) proliferation and neurogenesis. However, the effect of exercise on NSC proliferation surrounding the area of damage after traumatic brain injury (TBI) is unknown. Here, we investigate the effect of running on NSC proliferation following TBI in the rat. Wistar rats received TBI and were randomly divided into two groups: (1) non-exercise group and (2) exercise group. The exercise group ran on a treadmill for 30 min/day at 22 m/min for 7 consecutive days. Immunohistochemistry was used to monitor NSC proliferation around the damaged area, and ex vivo techniques were used to isolate NSCs from the damaged region in both groups. The number of nestin- and Ki67-positive cells observed at 3 and 7 days after TBI was significantly greater in the exercise group than in the non-exercise group (P<0.01). Furthermore, most nestin-positive cells in the exercise group co-localized with Ki67-positive cells. In ex vivo studies, spheres could be isolated from injured brain tissue from the exercise group at 3 and 7 days following TBI, but at only 3 days in the non-exercise group. The number of spheres isolated from injured brain tissue was greater in the exercise group than in the non-exercise group. Spheres were immunopositive for nestin and comprised NSCs that could differentiate into neurons and glia. Exercise increases the proliferation of NSCs around the damaged area following TBI. Therefore, exercise therapy (rehabilitation) in the early phase following TBI is important for recuperation from cerebral dysfunction induced by TBI. © Springer-Verlag 2010.

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