Harumi Suzuki

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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)
T cells develop in the thymus through positive and negative selection, which are responsible for shaping the T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire. To elucidate the molecular mechanisms involved in selection remains an area of intense interest. Here, we identified and characterized a gene product Gasp (Grb2-associating protein, also called Themis) that is(More)
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)
Elk (Cervus elaphus) populations in Rocky Mountain National Park are higher than at any time in the past century, and heavy browsing by elk may interfere with aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) regneration. We used aerial photographs to identify all aspen stands within Rocky Mountain National Park, and all aspen stands within the elk winter range range(More)
We examined the role of class IA PI3K in pre-TCR controlled beta-selection and TCR-controlled positive/negative selection in thymic development. Using mice deficient for p85alpha, a major regulatory subunit of the class IA PI3K family, the role of class IA PI3K in beta-selection was examined by injection of anti-CD3epsilon mAb into p85alpha(-/-)Rag-2(-/-)(More)
OBJECTIVE To show that residual pancreatitis delays gastric emptying, the authors used surgical specimens and studied gastric stasis after pylorus-preserving pancreaticoduodenectomy (PPPD). SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Delayed gastric emptying is a leading cause of complications after PPPD, occurring in 30% of patients. The pathogenesis of delayed gastric(More)
During viral infection, CD8(+) cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) play a central role to eliminate viruses by destructing virus-infected cells utilizing two cytolytic pathways, i.e., perforin/granzyme pathway and FasL-Fas pathway. It has been shown that effector functions of CTL are critically controlled by two T-box transcription factors, T-bet and eomesodermin(More)
Small GTPases (G-proteins) play important roles in various signal transduction pathways by working as molecular switches. Among them, some of these GTPases don't have functional features of typical GTPases, therefore they are called "atypical GTPases". Recently, these less known atypical Rho GTPases have received increased attention. This review will focus(More)
The signet-ring cells seen in gastric carcinoma of the diffuse type were studied by light and electron microscopy. A classification of these cells into Types A, B and C was developed, based on intracellular mucous granules, nuclei and organelles, and by reactions to PAS and Alcian-blue staining. The gradual transition of Type A cells to Type B and the(More)
Phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) has important functions in various biological systems, including immune response. Although the role of PI3K in signaling by antigen-specific receptors of the adaptive immune system has been extensively studied, less is known about the function of PI3K in innate immunity. In the present study, we demonstrate that macrophages(More)