Daisaku Tomioka

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Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is involved in malignant behavior of cancers as a mediator in tumor-stromal interactions through enhancing tumor invasion and metastasis. We found recently that NK4, a four-kringle fragment of HGF, functions as both an HGF-antagonist and an angiogenesis inhibitor. We have now determined whether blockade of the HGF-c-Met/HGF(More)
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is involved in malignant behavior of cancer cells by enhancing invasion and metastasis. We earlier found that NK4, a four-kringle fragment of HGF, functions as both an HGF antagonist and an angiogenesis inhibitor. We have now carried out studies to determine if hydrodynamics-based delivery and expression of the NK4 gene would(More)
We examined effects of recombinant hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) on cutaneous wound healing, using a full-thickness cutaneous excision model in diabetic mice. Topical administration of HGF, as well as basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), promoted the rate of wound closure and re-epithelialization. Both HGF and bFGF enhanced expansion of the granulation(More)
NK4, originally prepared as a competitive antagonist for hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), is a bifunctional molecule that acts as an HGF-antagonist and angiogenesis inhibitor. When the expression plasmid for NK4 gene was administered into mice by hydrodynamics-based delivery, the repetitive increase in the plasma NK4 protein level was achieved by repetitive(More)
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