Hidenori Okazaki

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Since the expression of genes for platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-A and PDGF beta-receptor are reciprocally regulated in vascular wall cells after balloon injury, we have investigated the ability of specific vasoactive molecules or growth factors to reproduce the injury pattern of gene expression in cultured rat smooth muscle cells (SMCs) and assessed(More)
Eccrine sweat is secreted onto the skin's surface and is not harmful to normal skin, but can exacerbate eczematous lesions in atopic dermatitis. Although eccrine sweat contains a number of minerals, proteins, and proteolytic enzymes, how it causes skin inflammation is not clear. We hypothesized that it stimulates keratinocytes directly, as a danger signal.(More)
"Pustulosis palmaris et plantaris", or palmoplantar pustulosis (PPP), is a chronic pustular dermatitis characterized by intraepidermal palmoplantar pustules. Although early stage vesicles (preceding the pustular phase) formed in the acrosyringium contain the antimicrobial peptides cathelicidin (hCAP-18/LL-37) and dermcidin, the details of hCAP-18/LL-37(More)
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