Harunobu Tahara

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Human telomerase is expressed in germ tissues and in the majority of primary tumors. Cell renewal tissues and some pre-cancerous tissues also have weak telomerase activity. Yet, neither the exact location and frequency of telomerase-positive cells nor the changes in telomerase expression during differentiation or carcinogenesis of individual cells are(More)
The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of the p21 gene transfection on the growth of cultured human glioma cell lines, and analyze the telomerase activity, and detection of telomerase components in p21 transfectant. The p21 gene was transfected into human glioma cell lines, U251MG and T98G with our novel liposome. The cell growth was assessed by(More)
OBJECT Telomerase activity is responsible for cell immortality. To examine the role of telomerase in the carcinogenesis of human glioblastomas multiforme (GBMs), the authors studied telomerase activity, telomerase component expression, and telomere lengths in 42 GBM samples. METHODS In all samples, EGFR and MDM2 amplifications and overexpressions were(More)
The expression of telomerase is essential for cells to be immortalized, and most immortal cell lines possessed telomerase activity. Using the cell fusion technique, it has been shown that mortal and telomerase-negative phenotypes of normal cells are dominant over immortal and telomerase-positive phenotypes, suggesting that the normal cells possessed(More)
Membrane transporters play crucial roles in the cellular uptake and efflux of an array of small molecules including nutrients, environmental toxins, and many clinically used drugs. We hypothesized that common genetic variation in the proximal promoter regions of transporter genes contribute to observed variation in drug response. A total of 579(More)
Telomerase is a ribonucleoprotein complex that uses RNA as a template for the addition of telomeric repeats. The development of the telomeric repeat amplification protocol (TRAP), a sensitive PCR-based assay, has facilitated the detection of telomerase activity in small tissue and tumor samples. Telomerase activity is expected to be a new diagnostic and(More)
BACKGROUND Telomerase activity responsible for cellular immortality may participate the development of human cancers. Telomerase is a multisubunit ribonucleoprotein composed of at least three components: hTERT, hTERC, and TEP1. This is the first report showing telomerase activity and telomerase component expression in pituitary adenoma with histological(More)
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