Aya Takeuchi

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An interlocking multiloop model has been generally accepted to describe the transcriptional circuitry of core clock genes, through which robust circadian rhythms are generated in Arabidopsis thaliana. The circadian clock must have the ability to integrate ambient temperature signals into the clock transcriptional circuitry to regulate clock function(More)
PURPOSE Cigarette smoking is the most consistent risk factor for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), especially the choroidal neovascularization (CNV)-mediated exudative type. Dioxins and dioxin-like compounds have various effects on living organisms and are also contained in cigarette smoke. However, the effects of dioxins on the eye remain elusive. In(More)
This study asks whether retinal adhesiveness is affected by cytochalasin D, a drug that is known to alter the apical morphology of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Cytochalasin D was injected intravitreally in Dutch rabbits and retinal adhesiveness measured 0.5 to 72 h later by two methods: in vitro peeling of the retina from retinal pigment epithelium(More)
Immunization with retinal Ag induces experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis (EAU) in mice. We investigated the suppression of murine EAU by peritoneal exudate cells (PEC) cultured with calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP). PEC derived from mice were treated with CGRP and residues 1-20 of human interphotoreceptor retinoid-binding protein (hIRBP 1-20). The(More)
HMGB1 (high-mobility group B1) is a ubiquitously expressed bifunctional protein that acts as a nuclear protein in cells and also as an inflammatory mediator in the extracellular space. HMGB1 changes its functions according to the redox states in both intra- and extra-cellular environments. Two cysteines, Cys23 and Cys45, in the A-domain of HMGB1 form a(More)
PURPOSE The authors document an animal model of retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) detachments. METHODS N-ethylmaleimide (NEM) and sodium iodate (sulfhydryl-alkylating agents) were injected into the vitreous of Dutch pigmented rabbits. Subretinal fluid samples were withdrawn 0.5 and 3 hours after NEM injections and analyzed for albumin content by gel(More)
PURPOSE Sarcoidosis is a chronic multisystem granulomatous disorder characterized by an accumulation of activated CD4+ T cells and monocytes/macrophages in involved organs. Chemokines are required for the extravasation of leukocytes to the inflammation site. This study was undertaken to determine which chemokines are augmented in the serum of patients with(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the source and protein content of sub-retinal fluid in self-forming experimental serous retinal detachments. METHODS Detachments were induced in Dutch rabbit eyes using rose bengal photosensitization to cause choriocapillaris injury and thrombosis. Serous detachments formed spontaneously within the next 24 h. Subretinal fluid was(More)