Akiko Nakada

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BACKGROUND Atopic dermatitis (AD) and psoriasis are common inflammatory skin diseases. Although many reports implicate Th2 cytokines in the pathophysiology of AD and Th1 cytokines in psoriasis, the precise etiology of these diseases remains elusive. OBJECTIVE We investigated novel AD- or psoriasis-related genes to further understand the pathogenesis of(More)
Substantial numbers of human mast cells (MCs) were generated from umbilical cord blood (CB) and from adult peripheral blood (PB). A single CB progenitor produced 15 436 MCs, whereas a single PB progenitor produced 807 MCs on average. However, PB-derived MCs were far more active than CB-derived MCs in terms of high-affinity IgE receptor(More)
The purpose of this study was to assess the properties of CD4+CD25(high/low/negative) T cell subsets and analyze their relation with dendritic cells (DCs) in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In HCC patients, the prevalence of CD45RO+ cells in CD4+CD25(high) T cells was increased and associated with higher frequencies of plasmacytoid DCs. Larger(More)
BACKGROUND Tenascin-C is a large, hexameric extracellular matrix glycoprotein that is expressed during embryogenesis, carcinogenesis and wound healing. In normal adult human skin the expression level of tenascin-C is low, but levels are elevated in skin tumors and rise significantly in the dermal compartment during wound healing. Although the expression of(More)
Analysis of patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) for differential expression of genes, as compared to normal individuals, will be useful for understanding the molecular pathogenesis of AD. We found that the expression of the gene ETEA in human peripheral blood CD3-positive cells from patients with atopic dermatitis was significantly higher than in normal(More)
The pulverization of poorly water-soluble drugs and drug candidates into nanoscale particles is a simple and effective means of increasing their pharmacological effect. Consequently, efficient methods for pulverizing compounds are being developed. Femtosecond lasers, which emit ultrashort laser pulses, can be used to generate nanoscale particles without(More)
A questionnaire survey was performed to obtain pharmacy students' impressions of pharmacists' behavior, to classify these based on professionalism, and to analyze the relationship between these experiences and students' satisfaction with their clinical practice in Japan. The questionnaire was answered by 327 5th-year pharmacy school students upon completing(More)
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