1. Characterization of two PEBP genes, SrFT and SrMFT, in thermogenic skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus renifolius).

    Scientific reports 6:29440 (2016) PMID 27389636 PMCID PMC4937424

    Floral thermogenesis has been found in dozens of primitive seed plants and the reproductive organs in these plants produce heat during anthesis. Thus, characterization of the molecular mechanisms underlying flowering is required to fully understand the role of thermogenesis, but this aspect of t...
  2. Transcriptional characteristics and differences in Arabidopsis stigmatic papilla cells pre- and post-pollination.

    Plant and Cell Physiology 56(4):663 (2015) PMID 25527828

    Pollination is an important early step in sexual plant reproduction. In Arabidopsis thaliana, sequential pollination events, from pollen adhesion onto the stigma surface to pollen tube germination and elongation, occur on the stigmatic papilla cells. Following successful completion of these even...
  3. Rosuvastatin may stabilize atherosclerotic aortic plaque: transesophageal echocardiographic study in the EPISTEME trial.

    Atherosclerosis 239(2):476 (2015) PMID 25702618

    Large atheromatous aortic plaques (AAPs) have been associated with ischemic stroke. There is little evidence to guide the therapeutic strategy for ischemic stroke associated with large AAPs. This study sought to analyze the temporal profile of AAPs after rosuvastatin therapy in Japanese patients...
  4. Successful immune moderation treatment for progressive encephalomyelitis with rigidity and myoclonus.

    Internal Medicine (Tokyo, 1992) 54(2):219 (2015) PMID 25743016

    Progressive encephalomyelitis with rigidity and myoclonus (PERM) is a rare disease. PERM consists of the same symptoms as stiff person syndrome, in addition to sensory, brainstem and autonomic features. We herein report a case of PERM in a 48-year-old woman who initially presented with spasticit...
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  5. Genome-wide identification and characterization of MADS-box family genes related to organ development and stress resistance in Brassica rapa.

    BMC Genomics 16(1):178 (2015) PMID 25881193 PMCID PMC4422603

    MADS-box transcription factors (TFs) are important in floral organ specification as well as several other aspects of plant growth and development. Studies on stress resistance-related functions of MADS-box genes are very limited and no such functional studies in Brassica rapa have been reported....
  6. Plant Omics Data Center: an integrated web repository for interspecies gene expression networks with NLP-based curation.

    Plant and Cell Physiology 56(1):e9 (2015) PMID 25505034 PMCID PMC4301748

    Comprehensive integration of large-scale omics resources such as genomes, transcriptomes and metabolomes will provide deeper insights into broader aspects of molecular biology. For better understanding of plant biology, we aim to construct a next-generation sequencing (NGS)-derived gene expressi...
  7. Polyamine oxidase 7 is a terminal catabolism-type enzyme in Oryza sativa and is specifically expressed in anthers.

    Plant and Cell Physiology 55(6):1110 (2014) PMID 24634478

    Polyamine oxidase (PAO), which requires FAD as a cofactor, functions in polyamine catabolism. Plant PAOs are classified into two groups based on their reaction modes. The terminal catabolism (TC) reaction always produces 1,3-diaminopropane (DAP), H2O2, and the respective aldehydes, while the bac...
  8. Reduction of gibberellin by low temperature disrupts pollen development in rice.

    Plant Physiology 164(4):2011 (2014) PMID 24569847 PMCID PMC3982758

    Microsporogenesis in rice (Oryza sativa) plants is susceptible to moderate low temperature (LT; approximately 19°C) that disrupts pollen development and causes severe reductions in grain yields. Although considerable research has been invested in the study of cool-temperature injury, a full unde...
  9. Rationale and design of the EPISTEME trial: efficacy of post-stroke intensive rosuvastatin treatment for aortogenic embolic stroke.

    Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy 28(1):79 (2014) PMID 24072337

    Large atheromatous aortic plaques (AAPs) are associated with stroke recurrence. Rosuvastatin is a potent lipid-lowering agent and suppresses carotid and coronary artery atherosclerosis. It is unclear whether rosuvastatin has anti-atherogenic effects against AAPs in stroke patients. We designed a...
  10. Cerebral small artery diseases may be associated with aortic arch calcification in stroke patients.

    Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis 21(10):1011 (2014) PMID 24859819

    Aortic arch calcification (AoAC) on chest X-rays represents systemic atherosclerosis and it is associated with ischemic cardiovascular diseases. However, the relationship between ischemic stroke and AoAC has yet to be fully elucidated. Patients with acute ischemic stroke who were undergoing ches...
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  11. Influenza-associated MOG antibody-positive longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis: a case report.

    BMC Neurology 14(1):224 (2014) PMID 25434485 PMCID PMC4256916

    Myelin-oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibody (MOG antibodies) was found in various demyelinated diseases. This is the first report of a patient with longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis with an extremely high titer of MOG antibodies after an influenza infection. This case supports the vi...
  12. Identification and characterization of LIM gene family in Brassica rapa.

    BMC Genomics 15:641 (2014) PMID 25086651 PMCID PMC4246497

    LIM (Lin-11, Isl-1 and Mec-3 domains) genes have been reported to trigger the formation of actin bundles, a major higher-order cytoskeletal assembly, in higher plants; however, the stress resistance related functions of these genes are still not well known. In this study, we collected 22 LIM gen...
  13. Three cases of cervicocephalic artery dissection in an amusement park.

    Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases 23(10):e467 (2014) PMID 25263648

    About 20 cases of cerebrovascular accidents in amusement parks have been documented. However, only a few cases of amusement park stroke (APS) after roller coaster rides have been reported. Here, we present triggers of stroke, clinical characteristics, and the angiographic appearance of 3 consecu...
  14. Cell type-specific transcriptome of Brassicaceae stigmatic papilla cells from a combination of laser microdissection and RNA sequencing.

    Plant and Cell Physiology 54(11):1894 (2013) PMID 24058146 PMCID PMC3814185

    Pollination is an early and critical step in plant reproduction, leading to successful fertilization. It consists of many sequential processes, including adhesion of pollen grains onto the surface of stigmatic papilla cells, foot formation to strengthen pollen-stigma interaction, pollen hydratio...
  15. Temporal changes of ulcerative plaques in the aortic arch in recurrent stroke patients.

    Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases 22(8):e597 (2013) PMID 24045080

    Ulcerative aortic plaques (UAPs) are considered a major source of brain embolism. However, whether UAPs contribute to a specific stroke mechanism remains unknown. Three consecutive patients with recurrent embolic stroke underwent repeated transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) examinations after...
  16. Development and characterization of microsatellite markers for Lilium longiflorum (Liliaceae).

    Applications in Plant Sciences 1(9) (2013) PMID 25202585 PMCID PMC4103146

    Ten microsatellite primers were developed to obtain information on genetic variation in Lilium longiflorum, a bulbous species showing high intraspecific genetic differentiation. • Of 61 microsatellite loci isolated using the dual suppression PCR technique, 10 loci were effective to characterize...
  17. Time-lapse imaging of self- and cross-pollinations in Brassica rapa.

    Annals of Botany 112(1):115 (2013) PMID 23644359 PMCID PMC3690991

    Pollination is an important process in the life cycle of plants and is the first step in bringing together the male and female gametophytes for plant reproduction. While pollination has been studied for many years, accurate knowledge of the morphological aspects of this process is still far from...
  18. Marchiafava-Bignami disease mimics motor neuron disease: case report.

    BMC Neurology 13:208 (2013) PMID 24359465 PMCID PMC3880166

    Marchiafava-Bignami disease (MBD) is a rare neurologic complication of chronic alcohol consumption that is characterized by callosal lesions involving demyelination and necrosis. Various reversible neurologic symptoms are found in patients with MBD. Dysarthria and dysphagia are found in various ...
  19. Factors influencing breast density in Japanese women aged 40-49 in breast cancer screening mammography.

    Acta Medica Okayama 67(4):213 (2013) PMID 23970319

    A relatively large number of women in their 40s with high-density breasts, in which it can be difficult to detect lesions, are encountered in mammography cancer screenings in Japan. Here, we retrospectively investigated factors related to breast density. Two hundred women (40-49 years old) were ...
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  20. Demonstration in vivo of the role of Arabidopsis PLIM2 actin-binding proteins during pollination.

    Genes & Genetic Systems 88(5):279 (2013) PMID 24694391

    In plant reproduction, pollination is the initial key process in bringing together the male and female gametophytes. When a pollen grain lands on the surface of the stigma, information is exchanged between the pollen and stigmatic cell to determine whether the pollen grain will be accepted or re...
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