Manami Mitsui

Mayo Clinic - Rochester, Rochester, Minnesota, United States

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    ABSTRACT: A 53-year-old man with Behçet disease was treated with conventional cyclosporin A (CyA), because of refractory bilateral uveitis. Immediately following the conversion from conventional CyA to a microemulsion formulation, he presented with neurological complications. The neurological findings, pleocytosis of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and brainstem lesions revealed by brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) suggested neuro-Behçet disease. After discontinuing CyA and introducing oral prednisolone, the neurological symptoms, pleocytosis of CSF and brainstem lesions on MRI improved. Although the microemulsion formulation, which can maintain a stable level of blood CyA, is a useful agent for the control of ocular lesions in Behçet disease, the resulting abrupt increase in blood CyA level may have induced neuro-Behçet disease.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2005 · Internal Medicine
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    ABSTRACT: We evaluated the effects of angiotensin II and an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (cilazapril) on nerve blood flow (NBF) and electrophysiology in control and diabetic rats. When applied locally to the sciatic nerve, the dose-response curve of angiotensin II was more potent in experimental diabetic neuropathy (EDN) than control rats. No difference existed in plasma angiotensin II levels between EDN and controls. The rats were given typical rat pellets or pellets treated with 10 mg/kg per day cilazapril for 4 weeks. Diabetes caused a significant reduction in NBF, nerve conduction velocity, and compound muscle action potential (CMAP) amplitudes. NBF was significantly increased in diabetic rats supplemented with cilazapril diet, and nerve conduction velocity and amplitudes of the CMAP were also improved after 4 weeks on this diet. Direct application 10(-3) mol/L cilazapril on sciatic nerve did not increase NBF in normal and EDN rats. We topically applied the nitric oxide synthase (NOS) inhibitor, NG-nitro-L-arginine, on sciatic nerve and observed reduced inhibition of NBF in EDN, which was correctable with a cilazapril diet. These results suggest that diabetic neuropathy may have an increasing vasopressor action with angiotensin II and this is likely to be the mechanism of NOS inhibition. Angiotensin II-converting enzyme inhibitors may have potential in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy.
    No preview · Article · Aug 1999 · Muscle & Nerve
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    ABSTRACT: The pathophysiology of ischemic fiber degeneration (IFD) is not known, but mechanisms involved during nerve ischemia differ from those during reperfusion. We have previously demonstrated hypothermic neuroprotection of peripheral nerve from IFD. We now evaluate the efficacy of hypothermia in the intraischemic vs. the reperfusion period, using our established model of ischemia–reperfusion injury. Intraischemic hypothermia resulted in significant recovery of all indices (behavior score, electrophysiology and histology, P<0.01 or 0.05) while hypothermia during reperfusion period showed less improvement, significant only for the histological score compared to normothermia group (IFD index, P<0.05). Once hypothermia was applied in the ischemic period, the resultant neuroprotection continued into the reperfusion period, even if nerve temperature was then raised during the reperfusion period. These results indicate that hypothermic neuroprotection is more efficacious during the intraischemic period than during reperfusion, when a lesser degree of neuroprotection ensued.
    No preview · Article · May 1999 · Brain Research
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    ABSTRACT: Reperfusion aggravates nerve ischemic fiber degeneration, likely by the generation of reduced oxygen species. We therefore evaluated if racemic alpha-lipoic acid (LA), a potent antioxidant, will protect peripheral nerve from reperfusion injury, using our established model of ischemia-reperfusion injury. We used male SD rats, 300+/-5 g. Ischemia was produced by the ligature of each of the supplying arteries to the sciatic-tibial nerve of the right hind-limb for predetermined periods of time (either 3 or 5 h), followed by the release of the ligatures, resulting in reperfusion. LA was given intraperitoneally daily for 3 days for both pre- and post-surgery. Animals received either LA, 100 mg/kg/day, or the same volume of saline intraperitoneally. Clinical behavioral score and electrophysiology of motor and sensory nerves were obtained at 1 week after ischemia-reperfusion. After electrophysiological examination, the sciatic-tibial nerve was fixed in situ and embedded in epon. We evaluated for ischemic fiber degeneration (IFD) and edema, as we described previously. Distal sensory conduction (amplitude of sensory action potential and sensory conduction velocity (SCV) of digital nerve) was significantly improved in the 3-h ischemia group, treated with LA (P<0.05). LA also improved IFD of the mid tibial nerve (P=0.0522). LA failed to show favorable effects if the duration of ischemia was longer (5-h ischemia). These results suggest that alpha-lipoic acid is efficacious for moderate ischemia-reperfusion, especially on distal sensory nerves.
    Preview · Article · Mar 1999 · Journal of the Neurological Sciences
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    ABSTRACT: We examined autonomic function in 46 patients with symmetric sensory non-insulin dependent diabetic neuropathy without autonomic symptoms and 31 age-matched control patients using the composite autonomic scoring scale (CASS) and electrophysiologic examination. The patients were divided into three groups by subjective severity of pain or numbness; 17 had slight pain or numbness, 15 had mild pain or numbness, and 14 had moderate pain or numbness. The patients in the moderate group had the following: a mild reduction in systolic and mean blood pressure (BP) within 1 minute of head-up tilt and a partial recovery after 5 minutes; an excessive fall in early phase II (IIe), an absence of late phase II (IIl) and reduced phase IV beat-to-beat BP responses to Valsalva maneuver (VM); a poor heart rate response to deep breathing; a reduced quantitative sudomotor axon reflex test (QSART) response in distal leg and foot; the highest CASS among the 3 groups; and reduced conduction velocity and amplitude in post-tibial nerve and sural nerve. The mild group had a mild reduction in BP during phase IIe and an absent phase IIl but normal phase IV overshoot during VM; a reduced QSART in the foot; a CASS between the moderate and slight groups; and reduced conduction velocity and amplitude in post-tibial nerve and reduced amplitude in sural nerve. The slight pain group had no abnormalities except for mild cardiovagal dysfunction. CASS gathered from all cases had a significant correlation with amplitude of sural nerve. These results suggest that the patients with symmetric sensory diabetic neuropathy may also have autonomic dysfunction, although they did not have any obvious autonomic symptoms, and that abnormalities in autonomic function parallel changes in somatic function in peripheral nerve. The CASS may be a sensitive tool, similar to the neurophysiologic test, for assessing diabetic neuropathy.
    No preview · Article · Sep 1998 · Clinical Autonomic Research

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120 Citations
9.99 Total Impact Points


  • 1999
    • Mayo Clinic - Rochester
      • Department of Neurology
      Rochester, Minnesota, United States
  • 1998-1999
    • Kinki University
      • Department of Neurology
      Ōsaka, Ōsaka, Japan