Daisuke Asai

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Bisphenol A [BPA; 2,2-bis(4-hydroxyphenyl)propane], which is mainly used in the production of epoxy resins and polycarbonate plastics, is a known endocrine disruptor and is acutely toxic to aquatic organisms. Due to intensified usage of these products, exposure of organisms to BPA via several routes, such as the environment and food, has increased. The(More)
Dialkyl phthalates have been suggested to function as xenoestrogen. To explore the structural essentials, a series of ring and alkyl-chain isomers of dialkyl phthalates C6H4(COOCnHm)2 were examined for their ability to displace [3H]17beta-estradiol in the recombinant human estrogen receptor expressed on Sf9 vaculovirus. Compounds with an alkyl chain of more(More)
Protein kinase C (PKC)alpha plays a key role in the differentiation, proliferation and apoptosis of cancer cells, and its activity is higher in cancer cells than in normal cells. In the present study, we investigated the existence of activated PKCalpha in plasma and its possibility for cancer diagnosis. Plasma samples were prepared from xenograft mouse(More)
Peptide substrates sensitive for a certain protein kinase could be important for new-drug development and to understand the mechanism of diseases. Rho-associated kinase (Rho-kinase/ROCK) is a serine/threonine kinase, and plays an important part in cardiovascular disease, migration and invasion of tumor cells, and in neurological disorders. The purpose of(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the differences of stress distribution in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disc during jaw opening between the subjects with and without internal derangement of TMJ (TMJ-ID). Three symptom-free volunteers and three symptomatic patients with anterior disc displacement were selected as normal and TMJ-ID subjects,(More)
This study was designed to evaluate the creep characteristics and residual strain of bovine temporomandibular joint (TMJ) discs in tension. Twenty discs were divided into three specimens each: central, lateral and medial regions. Tension of 1.0 MPa was applied and sustained for 20 min to the specimens from 10 right-side discs, and tension of 1.5 MPa to(More)
BACKGROUND Control of inflammation is essential for the clinical management of many common human diseases. However, there are few generally applicable strategies to convert an abnormal intracellular signal into a gene expression that leads to normalization of the intracellular environment. Recently, we proposed a novel strategy termed D-RECS (i.e. drug or(More)
Octyl- and nonylphenols in the environment have been proposed to function as estrogens. To gain insight into their structural essentials in binding to the estrogen receptor, a series of phenols with saturated alkyl groups at the para position, HO-C6H4-CnH2n+1 (n = 0-12), were examined for their ability to displace [3H]17beta-estradiol in the recombinant(More)
Genetic alterations of Ikaros family zinc finger protein 1 (IKZF1), point mutations in Janus kinase 2 (JAK2), and overexpression of cytokine receptor-like factor 2 (CRLF2) were recently reported to be associated with poor outcomes in pediatric B-cell precursor (BCP)-ALL. Herein, we conducted genetic analyses of IKZF1 deletion, point mutation of JAK2 exon(More)