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Articles by S Kuroda
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  S Kuroda , M Watanabe , T Santo , Y Shimizuishi , T Takano , Y Hidaka , T Kimura and Y. Iwatani

There are few data on oxidative stresses during and after pregnancy, although aggravation of autoimmune disease is implicated in oxidative stress and occurs frequently in the postpartum period. Thioredoxin (TRX) is a stress-inducible protein, and is used as a good biomarker for oxidative stress. To clarify the changes in the levels of oxidative stress during and after pregnancy, we examined serum TRX levels and the numbers of lymphocyte subsets.


We measured serum TRX levels by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), and neutrophils, lymphocytes, and CD4 and CD8 lymphocytes by flow cytometry in peripheral blood from 88 healthy pregnant women, 26 just after delivery women, 77 healthy postpartum women and 19 healthy non-pregnant women.


The serum levels of TRX did not change during pregnancy, but increased in four, seven and 10 months postpartum. Serum TRX levels were correlated with the percentages of neutrophils in normal non-pregnant women and women one month postpartum, and with those of CD8 lymphocytes in early pregnant women and women one and four months postpartum.


Oxidative stress increased in the postpartum period, and the levels at one and four months postpartum were related to CD8 lymphocytes.

  I Nozaki , T Hamaguchi , N Sanjo , M Noguchi Shinohara , K Sakai , Y Nakamura , T Sato , T Kitamoto , H Mizusawa , F Moriwaka , Y Shiga , Y Kuroiwa , M Nishizawa , S Kuzuhara , T Inuzuka , M Takeda , S Kuroda , K Abe , H Murai , S Murayama , J Tateishi , I Takumi , S Shirabe , M Harada , A Sadakane and M. Yamada

We analysed the epidemiological data and clinical features of patients with prion diseases that had been registered by the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Committee, Japan, over the past 10 years, since 1999. We obtained information on 1685 Japanese patients suspected as having prion diseases and judged that 1222 patients had prion diseases, consisting of definite (n = 180, 14.7%) and probable (n = 1029, 84.2%) cases, except for dura mater graft-associated Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease which also included possible cases (n = 13, 1.1%). They were classified into 922 (75.5%) with sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease, 216 (17.7%) with genetic prion diseases, 81 (6.6%) with acquired prion diseases, including 80 cases of dura mater graft-associated Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease and one case of variant Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease, and three cases of unclassified Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (0.2%). The annual incidence rate of prion disease ranged from 0.65 in 1999 to 1.10 in 2006, with an average of 0.85, similar to European countries. Although methionine homozygosity at codon 129 polymorphism of the prion protein gene was reported to be very common (93%) in the general Japanese population, sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease in Japan was significantly associated with codon 129 homozygosity (97.5%), as reported in western countries. In sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease, MM1 type (Parchi’s classification) is the most common, as in western countries. Among atypical sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease cases, the MM2 type appeared most common, probably related to the very high proportion of methionine allele in the Japanese population. As for iatrogenic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease, only dura mater graft-associated Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease cases were reported in Japan and, combined with the data from previous surveillance systems, the total number of dura mater graft-associated Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease was 138, comprising the majority of worldwide dura mater graft-associated Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease patients. Regarding genetic prion diseases, the most common mutation of prion protein gene was V180I (41.2%), followed by P102L (18.1%), E200K (17.1%) and M232R (15.3%), and this distribution was quite different from that in Europe. In particular, V180I and M232R were quite rare mutations worldwide. Patients with V180I or M232R mutations rarely had a family history of prion diseases, indicating that a genetic test for sporadic cases is necessary to distinguish these from sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease. In conclusion, our prospective 10-year surveillance revealed a frequent occurrence of dura mater graft-associated Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease, and unique phenotypes of sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease and genetic prion diseases related to the characteristic distribution of prion protein gene mutations and polymorphisms in Japan, compared with those in western countries.

  D Morimoto , S Kuroda , T Kizawa , K Nomura , C Higuchi , H Yoshikawa and T. Tomita

Objective. To evaluate the osteoblastic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) in patients with RA.

Methods. Heparinized bone marrow aspirate was obtained from patients with OA and RA. Mononuclear cells were cultured for 2 weeks and a colony-forming assay was performed. The phenotype of cells was analysed by flow cytometry. Passage 2 cells were cultured with β-glycerophosphate (bGP) in the control group and bGP, ascorbic acid and dexamethasone in the differentiation group. After 2 weeks, ALP staining and activity were performed. After 3 weeks, Alizarin Red S assay was performed. Total RNA was extracted from cells cultured for 2 and 3 weeks. Gene expression of bone formation factor was examined by real-time PCR.

Results. The phenotype of cells was identical in both OA and RA and the content was thought to be hMSCs. The results of ALP activity and Alizarin Red S assay showed higher levels in the differentiation group for both OA and RA samples compared with the control group. The results of a colony-forming assay were identical in both OA and RA samples. Gene expression in the differentiation group was higher than in the control group in both OA and RA samples. There was no significant difference between OA and RA samples in all experiments.

Conclusion. The function of osteoblastic differentiation of hMSCs is similar between OA and RA.

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