Heiichiro Udono

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Stress-induced proteins (or heat shock proteins (HSPs)) of 96 kDa size (gp96) have been shown previously to elicit specific immunity to tumors from which they are isolated. In this report, we show that in contrast to Meth A-derived gp96, gp96 preparations derived from normal tissues did not elicit immunity to Meth A sarcoma at any dose tested. Further, in(More)
Vaccination of mice with heat shock protein 70 (hsp70) preparations derived from the Meth A sarcoma, but not from normal tissues, renders the mice immune to a substantial challenge with Meth A sarcoma. The immunogenicity is dose dependent and tumor specific. Treatment of an antigenically active hsp70 preparation with ATP followed by removal of low-molecular(More)
Recently emerging evidence indicates that the heat shock proteins (HSPs) gp96, hsp90, and hsp70 associate with antigenic peptides derived from cellular proteins. This evidence forms the basis of the following two hypotheses: 1) that HSPs constitute a relay line in which the peptides, after generation in the cytosol by the action of proteases, are(More)
Heat shock protein (HSP) preparations derived from cancer cells and virus-infected cells have been shown previously to elicit cancer-specific or virus-specific immunity. The immunogenicity of HSP preparations has been attributed to peptides associated with the HSPs. The studies reported here demonstrate that immunogenic HSP-peptide complexes can also be(More)
Rosai-Dorfman disease (RDD) is a rare idiopathic histoproliferative disease affecting the systemic lymph nodes. Although an extranodal lesion has also been recognized, central nervous system involvement is extremely rare. To the authors' knowledge, only 20 cases of intracranial lesions have been reported previously. Intracranial RDD is clinically and(More)
Purified preparations of 96-kDa heat shock proteins (gp96) have been previously shown to elicit tumor-specific immunity to the tumor from which gp96 is obtained but not to antigenically distinct chemically induced tumors. The cellular requirements of gp96-elicited immunity have been examined. It is observed that depletion of CD8+, but not CD4+, T cells in(More)
Two members of the proteasome activator, PA28alpha and PA28beta, form a heteropolymer that binds to both ends of the 20S proteasome. Evidence in vitro indicates that this interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma)-inducible heteropolymer is involved in the processing of intracellular antigens, but its functions in vivo remain elusive. To investigate the role of(More)
IFN-regulatory factor (IRF)-4 is a member of the IRF family of transcription factors expressed in lymphocytes and macrophages. The previous studies using mice deficient in the IRF-4 gene showed profound defects in function of both B and T cells. To further investigate the role of IRF-4 in CD4(+) T cell function, IRF-4(-/-) mice were challenged with the(More)
Heat shock proteins (Hsp) 70 and Hsp 40 are stress proteins that cooperate as chaperones in mammalian cells. We determined the expression of Hsp 70 and Hsp 40 in 81 gastric cancers. Immunoreactivities to Hsp 70 and Hsp 40 were detected in 67.9 and 22.2% of tumors, respectively. Immunohistochemical analysis showed enhanced Hsp 70 and Hsp 40 expression in(More)
Because a definite diagnosis of prion diseases relies on the detection of the abnormal isoform of prion protein (PrPSc), it has been urgently necessary to establish a non-invasive diagnostic test to detect PrPSc in human prion diseases. To evaluate diagnostic usefulness and reliability of the detection of protease-resistant prion protein in urine, we(More)