Harumi I. Suzuki

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Chlamydophila felis (Chlamydia psittaci feline pneumonitis agent) is a worldwide spread pathogen for pneumonia and conjunctivitis in cats. Herein, we determined the entire genomic DNA sequence of the Japanese C. felis strain Fe/C-56 to understand the mechanism of diseases caused by this pathogen. The C. felis genome is composed of a circular 1,166,239 bp(More)
The molecular basis of common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is unknown. To assess humoral immunity in CVID, we selected 24 patients with early or late onset of disease. X-linked agammaglobulinemia (XLA), X-linked hyper-IgM syndrome (XHIM), and non-XHIM were excluded based on clinical phenotype, assessment of the immune response, presence of Bruton's(More)
Lineage commitment is a developmental process by which individual CD4+CD8+ (double positive, DP) thymocytes make a decision to differentiate into either CD4+ or CD8+ T cells. However, the molecular event(s) that defines lineage commitment is controversial. We have previously proposed that lineage commitment in DP thymocytes can be molecularly defined as the(More)
As a consequence of positive selection in the thymus, immature CD4(+)8(+) double-positive, [DP] thymocytes selectively terminate synthesis of one coreceptor molecule and, as a result, differentiate into either CD4(+) or CD8(+) T cells. The decision by individual DP thymocytes to terminate synthesis of one or the other coreceptor molecule is referred to as(More)
We have previously reported that Melanocortin 2 receptor (MC2R(-/-)) deficient mice on B6 N5 generations exhibited macroscopically detectable adrenal glands with markedly atrophied zona fasciculata (zF) and lack of detectable levels of corticosterone, and reduced serum concentrations of aldosterone and epinephrine. All MC2R(-/-) mice on B6/N8 background die(More)
Human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-E is a non-classical major histocompatibility complex class I (Ib) molecule, which plays an important role in immunosuppression. In this study, we investigated the immunomodulating effect of HLA-E in a xenogeneic system, using human placental artery-derived endothelial (hPAE) cells expressing HLA-E in a mouse model. In vitro(More)
The understanding of the environmental preferences and life history of a species in its native range provides insights for assessing its potential success in a novel area. Hemiodus orthonops is a migratory fish from the Paraguay and Middle Paraná rivers that invaded the Upper Paraná River through a fish pass, constructed in 2002. The invasion of this fish(More)
Chlamydia is an obligate intracellular bacterial pathogen that replicates solely within a membrane-bound vacuole termed an inclusion. Chlamydia seems to perturb multiple cellular processes of the host, such as, rearrangement of the membrane trafficking system for its intracellular multiplication, and inhibition of host cell apoptosis for persistent(More)
The human ZFAT gene was originally identified as a susceptibility gene for autoimmune thyroid disease. Mouse Zfat is a critical transcriptional regulator for primitive hematopoiesis and required for peripheral T cell homeostasis. However, its physiological roles in T cell development remain poorly understood. Here, we generated Zfat (f/f)-LckCre mice and(More)
The Ras-mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway is crucial for T cell receptor (TCR) signaling in the development and function of T cells. The significance of various modulators of the Ras-MAPK pathway in T cells, however, remains to be fully understood. Ras-activating protein-like 3 (Rasal3) is an uncharacterized member of the SynGAP family that(More)