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Articles by M Iijima
Total Records ( 4 ) for M Iijima
  H Koike , N Atsuta , H Adachi , M Iijima , M Katsuno , T Yasuda , Y Fukada , K Yasui , K Nakashima , M Horiuchi , K Shiomi , K Fukui , S Takashima , Y Morita , K Kuniyoshi , Y Hasegawa , Y Toribe , M Kajiura , S Takeshita , E Mukai and G. Sobue
 

Acute autonomic and sensory neuropathy is a rare disorder that has been only anecdotally reported. We characterized the clinical, electrophysiological, pathological and prognostic features of 21 patients with acute autonomic and sensory neuropathy. An antecedent event, mostly an upper respiratory tract or gastrointestinal tract infection, was reported in two-thirds of patients. Profound autonomic failure with various degrees of sensory impairment characterized the neuropathic features in all patients. The initial symptoms were those related to autonomic disturbance or superficial sensory impairment in all patients, while deep sensory impairment accompanied by sensory ataxia subsequently appeared in 12 patients. The severity of sensory ataxia tended to become worse as the duration from the onset to the peak phase of neuropathy became longer (P < 0.001). The distribution of sensory manifestations included the proximal regions of the limbs, face, scalp and trunk in most patients. It tended to be asymmetrical and segmental, rather than presenting as a symmetric polyneuropathy. Pain of the involved region was a common and serious symptom. In addition to autonomic and sensory symptoms, coughing episodes, psychiatric symptoms, sleep apnoea and aspiration, pneumonia made it difficult to manage the clinical condition. Nerve conduction studies revealed the reduction of sensory nerve action potentials in patients with sensory ataxia, while it was relatively preserved in patients without sensory ataxia. Magnetic resonance imaging of the spinal cord revealed a high-intensity area in the posterior column on T2*-weighted gradient echo image in patients with sensory ataxia but not in those without it. Sural nerve biopsy revealed small-fibre predominant axonal loss without evidence of nerve regeneration. In an autopsy case with impairment of both superficial and deep sensations, we observed severe neuronal cell loss in the thoracic sympathetic and dorsal root ganglia, and Auerbach’s plexus with well preserved anterior hone cells. Myelinated fibres in the anterior spinal root were preserved, while those in the posterior spinal root and the posterior column of the spinal cord were depleted. Although recovery of sensory impairment was poor, autonomic dysfunction was ameliorated to some degree within several months in most patients. In conclusion, an immune-mediated mechanism may be associated with acute autonomic and sensory neuropathy. Small neuronal cells in the autonomic and sensory ganglia may be affected in the initial phase, and subsequently, large neuronal cells in the sensory ganglia are damaged.

  T Yuasa , M Iijima , S Ito , T Muguruma , T Saito and I. Mizoguchi
 

The effects of 2 years of storage and 6000 thermocycles on the shear bond strength (SBS) of two self-etching adhesive systems were studied. Two self-etching primer (SEP) systems (Transbond Plus and Beauty Ortho Bond) and one etch and rinse system (Transbond XT) were used to bond brackets to 126 human premolars that were then stored in artificial saliva for 24 hours or 2 years and thermocycled in distilled water before SBS testing with a universal testing machine. The adhesive remnant index (ARI) scores were calculated. Data were compared by two-way analysis of variance and chi-square analysis. Enamel/adhesive interfaces were examined by scanning electron microscopy.

There was no significant difference in the mean SBS for the bonding materials among the three conditions. ARI scores showed that Transbond XT and Beauty Ortho Bond had less adhesive remaining on the teeth after ageing compared with storage for 24 hours. Specimens bonded with Beauty Ortho Bond showed leakage between the resin adhesive and enamel after ageing. Both SEP systems produced adequate SBS even after 2 years or 6000 times thermocycling. Thermocycling is an appropriate technique for determining the durability of orthodontic bracket bonding materials.

  Y Tamura , T Endo , M Iijima and H. Sesaki
 

Cardiolipin, a unique phospholipid composed of four fatty acid chains, is located mainly in the mitochondrial inner membrane (IM). Cardiolipin is required for the integrity of several protein complexes in the IM, including the TIM23 translocase, a dynamic complex which mediates protein import into the mitochondria through interactions with the import motor presequence translocase–associated motor (PAM). In this study, we report that two homologous intermembrane space proteins, Ups1p and Ups2p, control cardiolipin metabolism and affect the assembly state of TIM23 and its association with PAM in an opposing manner. In ups1 mitochondria, cardiolipin levels were decreased, and the TIM23 translocase showed altered conformation and decreased association with PAM, leading to defects in mitochondrial protein import. Strikingly, loss of Ups2p restored normal cardiolipin levels and rescued TIM23 defects in ups1 mitochondria. Furthermore, we observed synthetic growth defects in ups mutants in combination with loss of Pam17p, which controls the integrity of PAM. Our findings provide a novel molecular mechanism for the regulation of cardiolipin metabolism.

  J Wakabayashi , Z Zhang , N Wakabayashi , Y Tamura , M Fukaya , T. W Kensler , M Iijima and H. Sesaki
 

Brain-specific Drp1 knockout mice demonstrate that Drp1-mediated organelle division is important for development, mitochondrial morphogenesis, and apoptosis.

 
 
 
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