Research and development

This section introduces the research and development of our company.

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Overview of research and development

According to recent study results of gaseous molecules, various physiologic activities have been seen of gaseous molecules of nitric oxide, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide and hydrogen within a living body. Ever since Osawa et al. reported in Nature Medicine (Ohsawa I, Ishikawa M, Takahashi K, et al : Hydrogen acts as a therapeutic antioxidant by selectively reducing cytotoxic oxygen radicals. Nat Med, 2007, 13: 688-694) that hydrogen gas eliminates the hydroxyl radical with the strongest oxidizing power even in reactive oxygen species, research on molecular hydrogen has expanded exponentially.
 It is understood from recent study results that molecular hydrogen demonstrates not only an antioxidant effect, but also an anti-inflammatory effect, an antiallergic action, an anti-apoptotic action, a lipid hypermetabolic action, etc., and approximately 550 original theses on animal tests and clinical studies of the effects of molecular hydrogen have been reported until now.
 MiZ has foreseen the possibilities of medical use of molecular hydrogen for the past twenty years, drawn a conclusion that molecular hydrogen will provide a paradigm shift in medicine of the 21st Century, and researched and developed based on a main theme of pursuing ideal technology regarding a hydrogen administration method for clinical application to humans.
 Technologies regarding hydrogen administering methods developed by MiZ until now are (1) method of administering dissolved hydrogen orally, (2) method of adding hydrogen to a liquid drug and administering it by injection, intravenous drip, or the like, and (3) method of administering hydrogen gas as an exhaust gas. We believe that these technologies can inevitably contribute to medicine of the 21st Century.

Primary patents

  1. Title "PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING HYDROGEN-CONTAINING BIOCOMPATIBLE SOLUTION" (JP4486157B, JP5266267B)
  2. Title "METHOD OF INHIBITING OXIDATION, WATER CAPABLE OF INHIBITING OXIDATION AND USE THEREOF" (JP4511361B)
  3. Title "HIGH CONCENTRATION HYDROGEN GAS SUPPLY APPARATUS FOR LIVING MATTER" (JP5100911B, 5502973B)
  4. Title "DEVICE FOR SELECTIVELY HYDROGENATING BIOCOMPATIBLE SOLUTION" (JP4652479B)
  5. Title "METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING HYDROGEN-CONTAINING BIOLOGICAL APPLICATION SOLUTION" (JP5935954B)
  6. Title "SUPPLY DEVICE OF HYDROGEN GAS FOR LIVING BODY" (JP5091364B)
  7. Title "APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING HYDROGEN-CONTAINING LIQUID" (JP6340033B)
  8. Title "METHOD FOR OBTAINING HYDROGEN CONCENTRATION OF HYDROGEN-CONTAINING LIQUID AND HYDROGEN-CONTAINING   LIQUID PRODUCTION DEVICE" (JP6148759B)
  9. Title "HYDROGEN WATER GENERATING METHOD" (JP6169762B)
  10. Title "PERFORMANCE MAINTAINING METHOD IN ELECTROLYSIS FUNCTIONAL WATER PRODUCING DEVICE" (JP5103015B)

(Number of domestic registered patents:25, Number of foreign registered patents: 59)

List of Academic Papers

e-letters in Science
  1. Sato F, Hirano S, Kurokawa R, Ichikawa Y, Maruyama A, Takefuji Y. Radical curatives will play a key role in the universal health care. Science, 361/6404/eaat9644, 2018.
    http://science.sciencemag.org/content/361/6404/eaat9644/tab-e-letters
  2. Sato F, Hirano S, Kurokawa R, Ichikawa Y, Maruyama A, Takefuji Y. Who will be suffering from losing the Alzheimer’s gamble. Science, 361/6405/838, 2018.
    http://science.sciencemag.org/content/361/6405/838/tab-e-letters
Original Papers
  1. Wu G, Chen Z, Wang P, Zhao M, Fujino M, Zhang C, Zhou W, Hirano S, Li XK, Zhao L. Hydrogen inhalation protects hypoxic-ischemia brain damage by attenuating inflammation and apoptosis in neonatal rats. Exp Biol Med (Maywood), 2019 Jun 12:1535370219855399. doi: 10.1177/1535370219855399. [Epub ahead of print]
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31189349
  2. Li S, Fujino M, Ichimaru N, Kurokawa R, Hirano S, Mou L, Takahara S, Takahara T, Li XK., Molecular hydrogen protects against ischemia-reperfusion injury in a mouse fatty liver model via regulating HO-1 and Sirt1 expression. Sci Rep. 2018 Sep 19;8(1):14019. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-32411-4
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Molecular+hydrogen+protects+against+ischemia-reperfusion+injury+in+a+mouse+fatty+liver+model+via+regulating+HO-1+and+Sirt1+expression
  3. Ikeda M, Shimizu K, Ogura H, Kurakawa T, Umemoto E, Motooka D, Nakamura S, Ichimaru N, Takeda K, Takahara S, Hirano S, Shimazu T., Hydrogen-rich saline regulates intestinal barrier dysfunction, dysbiosis, and bacterial translocation in a murine model of sepsis. Shock. 2018 Dec;50(6):640-647. doi: 10.1097/SHK.0000000000001098.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Hydrogen-Rich+Saline+Regulates+Intestinal+Barrier+Dysfunction%2C+Dysbiosis%2C+and+Bacterial+Translocation+in+a+Murine+Model+of+Sepsis
  4. Suzuki Y, Sato T, Sugimoto M, Baskoro H, Karasutani K, Mitsui A, Nurwidya F, Arano N, Kodama Y, Hirano S, Ishigami A, Seyama K, Takahashi K., Hydrogen-rich pure water prevents cigarette smoke-induced pulmonary emphysema in SMP30 knockout mice. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2017 Oct 7;492(1):74-81. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2017.08.035. Epub 2017 Aug 12.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Hydrogen-rich+pure+water+prevents+cigarette+smoke-induced+pulmonary+emphysema+in+SMP30+knockout+mice
  5. Kurokawa R, Seo T, Sato B, Hirano S, Sato F. Convenient methods of molecular hydrogen: drinking, injection, and inhalation. Med Gas Res. 2015 Oct 26;5:13. doi: 10.1186/s13618-015-0034-2. eCollection 2015.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Convenient+methods+of+molecular+hydrogen%3A+drinking%2C+injection%2C+and+inhalation
  6. Ishibashi T, Ichikawa M, Sato B, Shibata S, Hara Y, Naritomi Y, Okazaki K, Nakashima Y, Iwamoto Y, Koyanagi S, Hara H, Nagao T. Improvement of psoriasis-associated arthritis and skin lesions by treatment with molecular hydrogen: A report of three cases. Mol Med Rep. 2015 Aug;12(2):2757-64. doi: 10.3892/mmr.2015.3707. Epub 2015 Apr 30.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Improvement+of+psoriasis-associated+arthritis+and+skin+lesions+by+treatment+with+molecular+hydrogen%3A+A+report+of+three+cases.
  7. Shigeta T, Sakamoto S, Li XK, Cai S, Liu C, Kurokawa R, Nakazawa A, Kasahara M, Uemoto S. Luminal injection of hydrogen-rich solution attenuates intestinal ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats. Transplantation. 2015 Mar;99(3):500-7. doi: 10.1097/TP.0000000000000510.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Luminal+injection+of+hydrogen-rich+solution+attenuates+intestinal+ischemia-reperfusion+injury+in+rats.
  8. Liu C, Kurokawa R, Fujino M, Hirano S, Sato B, Li XK. Estimation of the hydrogen concentration in rat tissue using an airtight tube following the administration of hydrogen via various routes. Sci Rep. 2014 Jun 30;4:5485. doi: 10.1038/srep05485. Erratum in: Sci Rep. 2015; 5: 9629.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24975958
  9. Yamada T, Uchida K, Onuma K, Kuzuno J, Ujihira M, Inoue G, Sato B, Kurokawa R, Sakai R, Takaso M. Hydrogen supplementation of preservation solution improves viability of osteochondral grafts. Scientific World Journal. 2014; 2014:109876. doi: 10.1155/2014/109876. Epub 2014 Nov 19.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Hydrogen+supplementation+of+preservation+solution+improves+viability+of+osteochondral+grafts.
  10. Sakai T, Sato B, Hara K, Hara Y, Naritomi Y, Koyanagi S, Hara H, Nagao T, Ishibashi T. Consumption of water containing over 3.5 mg of dissolved hydrogen could improve vascular endothelial function. Vasc Health Risk Manag. 2014 Oct 17; 10:591-7. doi: 10.2147/VHRM.S68844. eCollection 2014.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Consumption+of+water+containing+over+3.5+mg+of+dissolved+hydrogen+could+improve+vascular+endothelial+function.
  11. Ishibashi T, Sato B, Shibata S, Sakai T, Hara Y, Naritomi Y, Koyanagi S, Hara H, Nagao T. Therapeutic efficacy of infused molecular hydrogen in saline on rheumatoid arthritis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study. Int Immunopharmacol. 2014 Aug;21(2):468-73. doi: 10.1016/j.intimp.2014.06.001. Epub 2014 Jun 11
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Therapeutic+efficacy+of+infused+molecular+hydrogen+in+saline+on+rheumatoid+arthritis%3A+a+randomized%2C+double-blind%2C+placebo-controlled+pilot+study.
  12. Seo T, Kurokawa R, Sato B. A convenient method for determining the concentration of hydrogen in water: use of methylene blue with colloidal platinum. Med Gas Res. 2012 Jan 24;2:1. doi: 10.1186/2045-9912-2-1.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=A+convenient+method+for+determining+the+concentration+of+hydrogen+in+water%3A+use+of+methylene+blue+with+colloidal+platinum.
  13. Nakai Y, Sato B, Ushiama S, Okada S, Abe K, Arai S. Hepatic oxidoreduction-related genes are upregulated by administration of hydrogen-saturated drinking water. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2011;75(4):774-6. Epub 2011 Apr 22.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Hepatic+oxidoreduction-related+genes+are+upregulated+by+administration+of+hydrogen-saturated+drinking+water.
  14. Yanagihara T, Arai K, Miyamae K, Sato B, Shudo T, Yamada M, Aoyama M. Electrolyzed hydrogen-saturated water for drinking use elicits an antioxidative effect: a feeding test with rats. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2005 Oct;69(10):1985-7.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Electrolyzed+hydrogen-saturated+water+for+drinking+use+elicits+an+antioxidative+effect%3A+a+feeding+test+with+rats.