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14-3-3 s, a target gene of the p53 tumour suppressor protein, has been shown to regulate the cell cycle at the G2/M checkpoint. Recent studies have demonstrated that 14-3-3 s is downregulated by hypermethylation of the CpG island in several types of cancer. In this study, we investigated the expression and methylation status of 14-3-3 s in human salivary(More)
We examined the expression of cytokeratin 20 (CK20) mRNA in the peripheral blood of oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) patients by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Eleven out of 12 oral SCC patients showed positive RT-PCR results. However, there is no clear relationship between the haematogenous CK20 mRNA and the metastasis. After(More)
Because neurons in the CA1 region of the hippocampus are vulnerable to forebrain ischemia, this model has been used for evaluating neuroprotective agents. We evaluated the 38-amino-acid variant of pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP38), which had been previously shown to be neuroprotective in vitro against gp120-induced hippocampal(More)
The role of PACAP receptor in nociceptive transmission was investigated in vitro using maxadilan, a PACAP receptor selective agonist and max.d.4, a PACAP receptor selective antagonist. Potentials, from a ventral root (L3 - L5) of an isolated spinal cord preparation or a spinal cord - saphenous nerve - skin preparation from 0 - 3-day-old rats, were recorded(More)
We investigated the role of the intrinsic mevalonate cascade in the neuronal cell death (NCD) induced by the inhibition of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA (HMG-CoA) reductase in rat primary cortical neurons cultured from the brains of 17-d-old fetal SD rats. HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors induced NCD [HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor-induced NCD (H-NCD)] in time-(More)
Maxadilan is a potent vasodilator peptide isolated from salivary gland extracts of the hematophagous sand fly. Recently, the possibility was demonstrated that maxadilan binds to PAC1 receptor (PACAP, pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide type I receptor) in mammals. In the present study, we demonstrated that: (1) maxadilan specifically binds to(More)
Astrocytes, a subtype of glial cells, have been demonstrated to have an abundant number of receptors for pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP), a neuropeptide of the VIP/secretin family which stimulates cAMP accumulation 1000 times more potent than VIP in astrocytes. PACAP is reported to stimulate the proliferation of astrocytes at low(More)
PACAP is a member of the secretin/glucagon/VIP family of peptides and demonstrates neurotrophic and neuroprotective effects at very low concentrations. We have previously shown that PACAP crosses the BBB to a modest degree by way of a saturable transport system. PACAP is transported across the BBB as an intact peptide to enter the parenchymal space of the(More)
Both nuclear factor (NF)-␬ B–inducing kinase (NIK) and inhibitor of ␬ B (I ␬ B) kinase (IKK) have been implicated as essential components for NF-␬ B activation in response to many external stimuli. However, the exact roles of NIK and IKK ␣ in cytokine signaling still remain controversial. With the use of in vivo mouse models, rather than with enforced(More)
We undertook the present study to clarify the molecular mechanism of the effect of a new anti-cancer drug, vesnarinone, on a human salivary gland cancer cell line, TYS. We isolated TSC-22cDNA as avesnarinone-inducible gene from a cDNA library constructed from vesnarinone-treated TYS cells. TSC-22 was originally reported as a transforming growth factor(More)