Arata Nishimoto

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HOX genes encode transcription factors that play a key role in morphogenesis and cell differentiation during embryogenesis of animals. Human neuroblastoma cells are known to be chemically induced to differentiate into neuronal or Schwannian cells. In the present study, we investigated the roles of HOX genes in differentiation of GOTO neuroblastoma cells(More)
The influence of external Na+ and Ca2+ on the efflux of Ca2+ from highly purified sarcolemmal vesicles isolated from dog ventricles is examined. Na+-Ca2+ exchange is used to initially load the vesicles with Ca2+. Ca2+-induced Ca2+ efflux is activated if a monovalent cation is also present in the efflux medium. The order of potency of monovalent cations in(More)
Bone marrow (BM)-derived stem/progenitor cells play an important role in ischemia-induced angiogenesis in cardiovascular diseases. Heat shock factor 1 (HSF1) is known to be induced in response to hypoxia and ischemia. We examined whether HSF1 contributes to ischemia-induced angiogenesis through the mobilization and recruitment of BM-derived stem/progenitor(More)
c-MYC overexpression is frequently observed in various cancers including colon cancer and regulates many biological activities such as aberrant cell proliferation, apoptosis, genomic instability, immortalization and drug resistance. However, the mechanism by which c-MYC confers drug resistance remains to be fully elucidated. In this study, we found that the(More)
Advanced age affects various tissue-specific stem cells and decreases their regenerative ability. We therefore examined whether aging affected the quantity and quality of cardiac stem cells using cells obtained from 26 patients of various ages (from 2 to 83 years old). We collected fresh right atria and cultured cardiosphere-derived cells (CDCs), which are(More)
The purpose of this study was to confirm the therapeutic effects of mixed sheets consisting of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMNCs) and fibroblasts on cutaneous skin ulcers. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) secretion in mixed cell sheets was much higher than in PBMNCs and fibroblasts. Concerning the mechanism, transforming growth factor beta(More)
Hypoxic pretreatment of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMNCs) enhances therapeutic angiogenesis in ischemic tissues after cell transplantation. However, newly formed vessels generated using this approach are immature and insufficient for promoting functional recovery from severe ischemia. In this study, we examined whether apelin-13, a regulator of(More)
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