Medical Research Institute - Department of Advanced MedicineDivision of AGEs Research (Advanced Glycation End-products Research)




Advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) generated with aging or in the presence of diabetes mellitus, particularly AGEs derived from the glucose/fructose metabolism intermediate glyceraldehyde (Glycer-AGEs; termed toxic AGEs (TAGE)), were recently shown to be closely involved in the onset and progression of diabetic vascular complications via the receptor for AGEs (RAGE). TAGE also contribute to various diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and infertility. This suggests the necessity of minimizing the influence of the TAGE-RAGE axis in order to prevent the onset and progression of lifestyle-related diseases (LSRD) and establish therapeutic strategies. Changes in serum TAGE levels are closely associated with LSRD related to overeating, a lack of exercise, or excessive ingestion of sugars/dietary AGEs. We also showed that serum TAGE levels, but not those of hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), glucose-derived AGEs, or N-(carboxymethyl)lysine, have potential as a biomarker for predicting the progression of atherosclerosis and future cardiovascular events. We have also demonstrated the usefulness of serum TAGE levels as a biomarker for the prevention and early diagnosis of LSRD and the evaluation of the efficacy of treatments. We aim to show whether dietary AGE/sugar intake restrictions reduce the generation and accumulation of TAGE, thereby preventing the onset and progression of LSRD.

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  • TAKEUCHI Masayoshi 竹内顔写真

Assistant Professor

  • TAKATA Takanobu

External Research Funding

  • 2016-2019 JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 16H01811 [Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A)]: Clarification of the synthesis/accumulation of intracellular toxic advanced glycation end-products, in which currently consumed drinks/foods are involved, and mechanism of various cell disorders.
  • 2015-2017 JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 15K16239 [Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientist (B)]: Identification of a new glycated protein as a predictor of lifestyle-related diseases and exploration of disease-preventing food components.
  • 2013-2017 MEXT〔Regional Innovation Strategy Support Program〕: Involvement of toxic AGEs (TAGE) as new targets in the onset and progression of lifestyle-related diseases and inhibition thereof.
  • 2013-2015 JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 25282029〔Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)〕: Involvement of the dietary habits and the development and progression of nonalcoholic steatohepatisis.
  • 2010-2012 JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 22300264〔Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)〕: Involvement of hyperglycemia and dietary AGEs in the prevention of life style-related disease.