Atsushi Tanemura

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PURPOSE The CpG island methylator phenotype (CIMP) may be associated with development of malignancy through coordinated inactivation of tumor suppressor and tumor-related genes (TRG) and methylation of multiple noncoding, methylated-in-tumor (MINT) loci. These epigenetic changes create a distinct CIMP pattern that has been linked to recurrence and survival(More)
CD4(+) Treg cells expressing the transcription factor FOXP3 (forkhead box P3) are abundant in tumor tissues and appear to hinder the induction of effective antitumor immunity. A substantial number of T cells, including Treg cells, in tumor tissues and peripheral blood express C-C chemokine receptor 4 (CCR4). Here we show that CCR4 was specifically expressed(More)
The aim of this study was to determine whether CD4(+) IL-17A(+) Th17 cells infiltrate vitiligo skin and to investigate whether the proinflammatory cytokines related to Th17 cell influence melanocyte enzymatic activity and cell fate. An immunohistochemical analysis showed Th17 cell infiltration in 21 of 23 vitiligo skin samples in addition to CD8(+) cells(More)
The gene encoding a transmembrane glycoprotein LIG-1, of which the extracellular region was organized with the leucine-rich repeats and immunoglobulin-like domains, was disrupted in mice by gene targeting. LIG-1-deficient mice developed a skin change on the tail and facial area after birth. The affected skin was histologically reminiscent of the epidermis(More)
BACKGROUND The LRIG-1 gene (formerly LIG-1) encodes a type 1 transmembrane glycoprotein with an extracellular region of 15 leucine-rich repeats and 3 immunoglobulin-like domains. LRIG-1 interacts with ErbB receptors, down-regulating the downstream signals. Because ErbB signaling is disrupted in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), we examined LRIG-1(More)
RET proto-oncogene encodes a receptor tyrosine kinase whose ligand is glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), and its polymorphism at G691S juxtamembrane region (RETp) is a germline polymorphism. Cutaneous melanomas, particularly the desmoplastic subtype, are highly neurotropic; thus we sought to determine the frequency of RETp in cutaneous(More)
BACKGROUND Nevus lipomatosus cutaneous superficialis (NLCS) is a relatively rare condition. Although NLCS can affect any region of the entire body, no case of NLCS in the clitoris has ever been reported. OBJECTIVE To report a case of NLCS of the clitoris that presented manifestations that were similar to female pseudohermaphrodism. METHODS This is a(More)
Given no reliable therapy for advanced malignant melanoma, it is important to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying the disease progression. Using a quantitative proteomics approach, the 'isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ)' method, we identified that the extracellular matrix protein, periostin (POSTN), was highly expressed(More)
Nodal lymphangiogenesis promotes distant lymph node (LN) metastasis in experimental cancer models. However, the role of nodal lymphangiogenesis in distant metastasis and in the overall survival of cancer patients remains unknown. Therefore, we investigated mechanisms that might facilitate regional and distant LN metastasis in extramammary Paget's disease(More)
The role of estrogen receptor alpha (ER-alpha) in melanoma is unknown. ER-alpha expression may be regulated in melanoma via hypermethylation of promoter CpG islands. We assessed ER-alpha hypermethylation in primary and metastatic melanomas and sera as a potential tumor progression marker. ER-alpha methylation status in tumor (n = 107) and sera (n = 109)(More)