H Shiiki

Nara Medical University, Nara-shi, Nara, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: Fractalkine (Fkn) is a chemokine that affects cells expressing its receptor, CX3CR1, including CD16-positive (CD16+) monocytes/macrophages (CD16+ Mos). The relationship of levels of glomerular Fkn expression and infiltration by CD16+ Mos with the severity and diversity of glomerular lesions in human lupus nephritis is not known. Retrospective cross-sectional analysis of variables observed in biopsy specimens. 88 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Histological class and severity of lupus nephritis according to the International Society of Nephrology/Renal Pathology Society and clinicopathologic factors. Outcome variables are assays related to the degree of glomerular Fkn expression and CD16+ Mo infiltration. Immunohistological grading of Fkn staining, number of CD16+ Mos, and messenger RNA levels of Fkn and CD16 in glomeruli. Patients with proliferative lupus nephritis (class III and IV glomeruli) showed significantly greater glomerular Fkn expression and CD16+ Mo counts than those with other classes. Infiltrating CD16+ Mos within glomeruli expressed CX3CR1. Moreover, glomerular Fkn expression significantly correlated with the histopathologic activity index and CD16+ Mo counts, and CD16+ Mo counts significantly correlated with serum levels of blood urea nitrogen, complement (CH50), and anti-DNA antibody; estimated glomerular filtration rate; and urinary protein excretion. Glucocorticoid therapy had a tendency to decrease both glomerular Fkn expression and CD16+ Mo counts. Only frozen biopsy specimens (from 49 patients) were analyzed for the evaluation of glomerular Fkn expression. Disease activity and proliferative glomerular lupus nephritis lesions are associated with the glomerular Fkn expression and CD16+ Mo accumulation.
    American Journal of Kidney Diseases 07/2007; 50(1):47-58. · 5.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Crescent formation in glomeruli means an acute active lesion that develops a rapidly progressive course. Therapies using pulse methylprednisolone, oral corticosteroids, and cyclophosphamide are recommended, but no agreement has been reached on the optimal therapy. There have been no controlled trials, because of the severity of this condition and because withholding treatment would become an ethical issue. We evaluated the safety and efficacy of deoxyspergualin (DSG), an immunosuppressant, in a multicenter, prospective trial of 44 patients with crescent formation in over 10% of glomeruli, who were randomly placed into groups that received daily doses of 0.1 mg/kg (n = 21) and 0.2 mg/kg (n = 23) of DSG, given by a 1-h infusion for 4 weeks, and who were then monitored for 3 months. All patients received DSG in this open-label prospective study. We evaluated the levels of urinary protein and hematuria, and examined renal function after the DSG treatment. Urinary protein significantly decreased with each dose after starting the DSG administration and this efficacy was sustained for 2 months after the discontinuation of DSG. In the groups receiving 0.1 mg/kg and 0.2 mg/kg, mean urinary protein levels were 2.1 g/day and 2.3 g/day at the initiation of the DSG administration, 1.4 g/day and 1.6 g/day at week 4, and 1.5 g/day and 1.3 g/day at week 12, respectively. Hematuria was markedly improved by a dose of 0.2 mg/kg and was not exacerbated following the termination of DSG. Exacerbation of renal dysfunction, as measured by creatinine clearance, serum creatinine, and blood urea nitrogen was prevented by both doses of DSG. The most common adverse reaction was reversible neutropenia. Short-term treatment with DSG may be effective and tolerated in patients suffering from nephropathies with crescent formation.
    Clinical and Experimental Nephrology 04/2006; 10(1):40-54. · 1.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A 49-year-old woman with a history of chronic hepatitis C virus infection and Hashimoto disease was admitted to our hospital because of proteinuria, hematuria, purpura, and edema in the lower extremities. Laboratory data on admission revealed proteinuria (0.2 g/day), microscopic hematuria (3+) with RBC casts, renal dysfunction(serum creatinine 1.4 mg/dl), positive anti nuclear antigen (x640, speckled type), hypocoplementemia, mixed cryoglobulinemia (type III), and hepatitis C virus infection (AST 45 IU/l, ALT 33 IU/l). MPO-ANCA level was found to be high (356 EU). In renal biopsy, most glomeruli showed crescentic formation with the weak deposition of IgG, IgM, and C3 in the mesangial area and along the capillary wall. She was diagnosed as having systemic vasculitis associated with MPO ANCA. Methylprednisolone pulse therapy followed by oral prednisolone (40 mg/day) effectively normalized MPO ANCA level. It has been reported that ANCA is found in patients with HCV-associated mixed cryoglobulinemia. Therefore, in chronic hepatitis C patients with systemic vasculitis, we should consider the possibility of ANCA-related microscopic polyangiitis and make a correct diagnosis by renal biopsy.
    Nippon Jinzo Gakkai shi 02/2006; 48(4):377-84.
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    ABSTRACT: We report a case of hypokalemic nephropathy associated with primary Sjögren's syndrome (SS). The patient presented with profound and persistent hypokalemia secondary to distal renal tubular acidosis (RTA). A renal biopsy exhibited tubular degeneration, marked interstitial fibrosis and intense macrophage infiltration. Hypokalemia has been reported to induce macrophage infiltration in experimental animal models but not in humans. This is the first report of intense tubulointerstitial macrophage infiltration in a patient with hypokalemic nephropathy associated with SS.
    Clinical nephrology 12/2005; 64(5):387-90. · 1.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: There is little direct evidence that fibroblasts are involved in the progression of the renal interstitial fibrosis in human glomerulonephritis. With the availability of a new specific marker for fibroblasts, we determined the presence of fibroblasts in kidneys with IgA nephropathy (IgAN) and correlated their numbers with various clinical parameters. In particular, we also prospectively asked if the number of fibroblasts in the renal interstitium correlates with prognosis. Cells positive for fibroblast-specific protein 1 (FSP1) were localized in renal biopsy specimens using immunohistochemistry with anti-FSP1 antibody. Clinical features were analyzed by one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) with the Bonferroni correction. To assess the prognostic impact of the number of FSP1+ fibroblasts on renal survival in 142 patients with normal serum creatinine, the relationship between covariates to renal survival were evaluated univariately using the log-rank test and multivariately using Cox proportional hazards. Fibroblasts identified by their expression of FSP1 accumulate in areas showing severe interstitial fibrosis. Some tubular epithelial cells undergoing epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in fibrotic areas also express FSP1. Numbers of FSP1+ fibroblasts directly correlate with serum creatinine (r = 0.74, P < 0.0001) and inversely correlate with estimated creatinine clearance (r = -0.54, P < 0.0001), and by multivariate analysis, the clinical factors influencing renal survival are urinary protein excretion [> or = 1.0 g/day, relative risk (RR) = 4.20, P= 0.032], hypertension (RR 5.85, P = 0.0027), and > or = 20 FSP1+ fibroblasts per high power field (HPF) (RR 7.39, P = 0.0015). Staining for FSP1+ fibroblasts is largely nonoverlapping with alpha-smooth muscle actin+ (alpha-SMA) cells in the interstitium. The target protein FSP1 identifies human fibroblasts and tubular epithelium undergoing EMT, and distinguishes them from the diaspora of alpha-SMA+ vascular smooth muscle cells. FSP1+ fibroblasts are critically related to the progression of IgAN; consequently, staining FSP1 in renal biopsy specimens provides a valuable histologic index of progression.
    Kidney International 10/2005; 68(3):1078-85. · 8.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We report a case of 47-year-old man with subclavian steal phenomenon (SSP). He affected chronic renal failure and received an upper extremity arteriovenous fistula creation for hemodialysis. Angiography showed SSP from right vertebral artery to left subclavian artery (SA), and mild stenosis of left SA. We consider that the course of SSP was synergetic effect of mild SA stenosis and hemodynamic effect due to arteriovenous access creation.
    Nō to shinkei = Brain and nerve 08/2004; 56(7):599-602.
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    ABSTRACT: A previous double-blind 24-week clinical trial of mizoribine (MZ) vs placebo in steroid-resistant primary nephrotic syndrome (SRPNS) showed that MZ was more effective than placebo in reducing the rate of deterioration of renal function. The present study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of MZ in patients with SRPNS after 2 years' treatment. A multicenter randomized open-label controlled trial in patients with SRPNS was conducted as a 2-year prospective postmarketing study. There was a significant imbalance in the baseline serum albumin level (s-Alb) between the conventional therapy (CT) and MZ onlay therapy groups. Early dropouts were more frequent in the subset of patients in the CT group having a baseline s-Alb < or =3 g/dl. Therefore, the primary analysis (urinary protein level (UP)-improving effect) was performed using a mixed-effects model, with stratification according to the baseline s-Alb value. The analysis revealed that, in the subset of 34 patients with membranous nephropathy (MN) within the stratum of patients with baseline s-Alb < or =3 g/dl (n = 52), the rate of change (slope of change in the UP level/month), in terms of the log (UP+0.2), was -0.0577 in those allocated to the MZ group and -0.0227 in those allocated to the CT group (P = 0.058). In the stratum of patients with a baseline s-Alb >3 g/dl (n = 97), there were no significant differences in the UP between the two treatment groups. Hence, MZ onlay therapy was not considered to be efficacious in this group of patients. No serious adverse reactions to the drug were observed. The present study yielded significant results, in that it suggested the possibility that long-term MZ therapy may afford further reduction of the UP, in addition to that obtained following CT, in particular, in MN patients in a severe nephrotic state.
    Clinical and Experimental Nephrology 06/2004; 8(2):117-26. · 1.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To clarify whether vascular endothelial adhesion molecules in glomeruli might contribute to the severity and diversity of glomerular lesions in lupus nephritis, their expression in lupus models was analyzed. The expression levels of E- and P-selectin and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) in glomeruli of different histopathologic grades of MRL/MpJ-lpr/lpr (MRL/lpr) lupus mice was studied using laser-capture microdissection of the glomeruli, followed by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis. The glomerular lesions in SCID mice injected with the 2B11.3 and 7B6.8 clones, which are derived from an MRL/lpr mouse and induce endocapillary proliferative and wire loop type of glomerular lesions, respectively, were analyzed. To investigate the effect of a soluble form of E-selectin (sE-selectin) on the development of glomerular lesions, sE-selectin-producing L cells were prepared by transfection of the cDNA encoding sE-selectin and injected into SCID mice. The glomeruli in MRL/lpr mice showed increased expression of these adhesion molecules, corresponding to the severity of the glomerular lesions. The endocapillary proliferative type lesions in SCID mice induced by the 2B11.3 clone showed significantly increased expression of the adhesion molecules, especially E-selectin and P-selectin, but the wire loop type lesion induced by the 7B6.8 clone expressed only VCAM-1. Formation of the endocapillary proliferative type lesions induced by the 2B11.3 clone was markedly prevented in association with elevation of the serum level of sE-selectin produced by the tansfected L cells. The severity and diversity of the histopathology of lupus nephritis are partially associated with the expression of vascular endothelial adhesion molecules in glomeruli.
    Kidney International 05/2004; 65(4):1290-300. · 8.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Idiopathic membranous nephropathy (IMN) is a representative form of refractory nephrotic syndrome in Japan. Although IMN is thought to run a more benign course in Japanese than in the Caucasian population, risk factors and appropriate treatment are controversial issues. The research group supported by a grant for "Progressive Renal Disease" from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, Japan, carried out a national survey of patients with IMN and nephrotic syndrome. Of 1066 nephrotic patients with histopathologically proven IMN registered from 1975 to 1993 in 85 institutions, 949 patients were studied. The overall renal survival rates were 95.8%, 90.3%, 81.1%, and 60.5% at 5, 10, 15, and 20 years after diagnosis, respectively. When clinical and histopathologic features at onset of nephrotic syndrome were evaluated by multivariate analysis, male gender, old age (> or =60 years), high serum creatinine concentration (> or =1.5 mg/dL), and the development of tubulointerstitial lesions (> or =20% of the biopsy sample area) were significant predictors of progression to end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The renal survival rate in patients on steroid therapy was significantly higher than in patients on supportive therapy alone. Patients achieving a remission showed a significant reduction of risk for progression. IMN is a disease with a comparatively good prognosis in Japan even when it is associated with nephrotic syndrome. Steroid therapy, which has not been recommended for IMN in most review articles, seems to be useful at least for Japanese patients. In particular, a remission from heavy proteinuria likely results in a favorable outcome.
    Kidney International 05/2004; 65(4):1400-7. · 8.52 Impact Factor
  • Nippon Jinzo Gakkai shi 01/2003; 44(8):751-61.
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    ABSTRACT: When a 63-year-old man was hospitalized with nephrotic syndrome due to focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a mediastinal mass was discovered. A biopsy specimen obtained by mediastinoscopy showed findings compatible with the plasma cell type of Castleman's disease. Fever, anemia, and anti-nuclear antibody were present. Serum concentrations of gamma globulin, acute phase proteins, and, most strikingly, interleukin-6 (IL-6) were elevated. Methylprednisolone pulse therapy resulted in no clinical improvement. Pathologic examination of the resected thymic tumor showed a squamous cell carcinoma immunoreactive for IL-6. To our knowledge, this case represents the first reported IL-6-producing thymic squamous cell carcinoma associated with Castleman's disease and nephrotic syndrome.
    Internal Medicine 11/2002; 41(10):871-4. · 0.97 Impact Factor
  • Masao Kanauchi, Hideo Shiiki
    Nippon rinsho. Japanese journal of clinical medicine 11/2002; 60 Suppl 10:270-4.
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    ABSTRACT: A 74-year-old man was admitted because of appetite loss in November 1999. A gastric ulcer was diagnosed, and a H2 blocker was given. He had had appetite loss since July 1997 and had experienced epigastric discomfort since October of 1997. On admission, hepatic and pancreatic lymph node swelling was detected by ultrasonography of the abdomen. Physical examination revealed a palpable mass in the middle region of the upper abdomen as well as gynecomastia. Laboratory findings showed high serum levels of hCG (11,700 mIU/ml) and high urinary levels of hCG (1,600 mIU/ml). Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy showed a gastric cancer of Borrmann type 3 in the posterior wall of the middle body. A biopsy revealed a moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma. hCG immunoreactivity was not seen in the cancer tissue. A contrast-enhanced CT scan of the abdomen revealed multiple lymph node swelling in the hepatic and pancreatic lymph nodes. There was a low-density area suggesting liver metastases. No other primary carcinomas were not detected. We believe that the gynecomastia was due to the hCG-producing tumor. The patient died 2 months after diagnosis.
    Nippon Ronen Igakkai Zasshi Japanese Journal of Geriatrics 10/2002; 39(5):554-7.
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    ABSTRACT: It is evident that cytokines play an important role in the pathogenesis as well as disease progression of IgA nephropathy (IgAN). Several gene polymorphisms of the pertinent cytokines have an influence on the level of cytokine production. Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra) gene polymorphism has been found to affect disease susceptibility and activity in several inflammatory diseases. In the present study, we analyzed polymorphism of the variable number tandem repeat (VNTR) of IL-1ra in patients diagnosed as having IgAN (n = 106) and normal controls (n = 74). The allele frequency of IL-1ra polymorphism in IgAN patients was not statistically different from that of the control group. There was no significant difference in the carriage rate of the two-repeat allele (IL1RN*2) between IgAN patients and the control group (8.5 vs. 6.8%). The carriage rate of IL1RN*2 was significantly higher in IgAN patients with severe proteinuria (>or=1.6 g/day) or increased serum creatinine level (>or=2.0 mg/dl; p < 0.05). Furthermore, the carriage rate of IL1RN*2 was significantly higher in patients with severe mesangial cell proliferation (p < 0.01). Our results suggest that IL-1ra polymorphisms are not associated with the development of IgAN in Japanese patients but the presence of IL1RN*2 may be associated with increased disease activity.
    Nephron 08/2002; 91(4):744-6. · 13.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We describe a 76-year-old Japanese woman with primary systemic amyloidosis who presented with angina pectoris associated with ST-segment and T-wave abnormalities resulting from intramyocardial coronary artery amyloidosis. The patient was admitted to our hospital because of dyspnea and pretibial edema 7 years after the diagnosis of variant angina. A diagnosis of primary systemic amyloidosis (AL amyloid protein) was made after examination of gastric and endomyocardial biopsy specimens. The patient died of progressive, uncontrolled heart failure 3 months later. An autopsy study demonstrated only mild-to-moderate atherosclerosis in the epicardial coronary arteries. However, histological examination of the heart revealed diffuse stenoses and obstructions in the intramural coronary arteries by amyloid deposits. This patient had small-vessel coronary disease with ST-segment changes and angina caused by cardiac amyloidosis. A correct diagnosis of ischemic heart disease due to primary amyloidosis is important for estimation of the prognosis and for appropriate management.
    Heart and Vessels 06/2002; 16(4):157-60. · 2.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We describe the case of a 61-year-old woman diagnosed with primary Sjögren's syndrome (SS) after an 8-year history of IgA nephropathy and a 3-year history of recurrent purpuric rashes. Her two daughters had previously been diagnosed with other autoimmune diseases. One daughter had Graves' disease and the other had Hashimoto's disease and systemic lupus erythematosus. The diagnosis of SS was made based on dryness of mucous membranes, Shirmer test, and parotid sialography. Thrombocytopenia, high platelet-aggregated IgG (PA-IgG) level, and normal megakaryocytes count in bone marrow suggested that her recurrent purpuric rashes were due to idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). Patients with SS may develop other autoimmune diseases. This case aids understanding of the immune pathogenesis and genetic background of SS.
    Japanese Journal of Clinical Immunology 05/2002; 25(2):191-8.
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    ABSTRACT: Plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1) and tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) are the major regulators of plasmin generation. Glomerular PAI-1/tPA balance is involved in extracellular matrix turnover, as well as fibrin deposition in glomeruli. Renal biopsy specimens were obtained from 80 patients with either primary or secondary glomerulonephritis (10 patients, minimal change nephrotic syndrome; 6 patients, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis [FSGS]; 10 patients, membranous nephropathy [MN]; 24 patients, mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis; 15 patients, lupus nephritis; 14 patients, diabetic nephropathy; and 1 patient, membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis). We quantified glomerular PAI-1 and tPA messenger RNA (mRNA) by competitive polymerase chain reaction. We also determined PAI-1 mRNA localization by in situ hybridization. Glomerular PAI-1 mRNA levels in patients with FSGS and MN were significantly greater than those of controls. There was a sixfold increase in PAI-1-tPA mRNA ratio in patients with MN compared with the control group. In addition, glomerular PAI-1 mRNA level correlated with level of proteinuria. Conversely, there was no difference in tPA mRNA levels among types of glomerulonephritis. These results suggest that suppressed glomerular fibrinolytic and proteolytic activity may be associated with the pathogenesis of glomerulonephritis, especially in FSGS and MN.
    American Journal of Kidney Diseases 05/2002; 39(4):695-705. · 5.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: It is evident that cytokines play an important role in the pathogenesis as well as disease progression of IgA nephropathy (IgAN). Several gene polymorphisms of the pertinent cytokines have an influence on the level of cytokine production. Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra) gene polymorphism has been found to affect disease susceptibility and activity in several inflammatory diseases. In the present study, we analyzed polymorphism of the variable number tandem repeat (VNTR) of IL-1ra in patients diagnosed as having IgAN (n = 106) and normal controls (n = 74). The allele frequency of IL-1ra polymorphism in IgAN patients was not statistically different from that of the control group. There was no significant difference in the carriage rate of the two-repeat allele (IL1RN&ast;2) between IgAN patients and the control group (8.5 vs. 6.8&percnt;). The carriage rate of IL1RN&ast;2 was significantly higher in IgAN patients with severe proteinuria (≥1.6 g/day) or increased serum creatinine level (≥2.0 mg/dl; p < 0.05). Furthermore, the carriage rate of IL1RN&ast;2 was significantly higher in patients with severe mesangial cell proliferation (p < 0.01). Our results suggest that IL-1ra polymorphisms are not associated with the development of IgAN in Japanese patients but the presence of IL1RN&ast;2 may be associated with increased disease activity.
    Nephron 01/2002; 91(4):744-746. · 13.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A 76-year-old woman was admitted with a one-month history of low grade fever and dizziness. She had a palpable right supraclavicular lymph node. Abdominal ultrasonography showed swollen lymph nodes around the abdominal aorta. A specimen from the right supraclavicular lymph node showed malignant lymphoma (diffuse large B cell type). We started chemotherapy according to the low-dose THP-COP protocol (pirarubicin, cyclophosphamide, vincristine and prednisolone) on the 31st hospital day. Since no adverse effects were detected after two low-dose cycles, the patient received a third course with standard doses on the 87th hospital day. The total dose of pirarubicin was 72 mg/m2. Two days after the third course started, she suffered from dyspnea caused by congestive heart failure. A chest X-ray showed advanced cardiomegaly, severe congestion and bilateral pleural effusion. These conditions improved with transvenous administration of diuretics, a vasodilator and phosphodiesterase inhibitor. In this case, congestive heart failure developed even though the total dose of pirarubicin was lower than in previous reports of this complication. When the THP-COP protocol is indicated in elderly patients, cardiotoxicity should be monitored even if the total dose of pirarubicin is very low.
    Nippon Ronen Igakkai Zasshi Japanese Journal of Geriatrics 08/2001; 38(4):548-53.
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    ABSTRACT: Acute renal failure without oliguria developed in a 25-year-old male and a 19-year-old male after exercise. Marked hypouricemia became apparent during improvement of their renal function. Increased excretion of uric acid into the urine, increased fractional excretion of uric acid(clearance ratio of uric acid against creatinine), and normal concentration of plasma xanthine and hypoxanthine were observed in both cases. Probenecid and pyrazinamide loading test suggesting decreased reabsorption of uric acid in the proximal convoluted tubules revealed that presecretory reabsorption defect of uric acid resulted in the hypouricemia in both cases. These two cases were diagnosed as having idiopathic renal hypouricemia.
    Nippon Jinzo Gakkai shi 06/2001; 43(5):384-8.

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  • 1985–2007
    • Nara Medical University
      • • Department of Internal Medicine
      • • Department of Neurosurgery
      • • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
      Nara-shi, Nara, Japan
  • 1988
    • Kyushu University
      • Department of Neuropathology
      Hukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan