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Controlling osteoclastogenesis is critical to maintain physiological bone homeostasis and prevent skeletal disorders. Although signaling activating nuclear factor of activated T cells 1 (NFATc1), a transcription factor essential for osteoclastogenesis, has been intensively investigated, factors antagonistic to NFATc1 in osteoclasts have not been(More)
During studies aimed at understanding the function of the N-terminal peptide of interleukin-1 alpha (IL-1 NTP, amino acids 1-112), which is liberated from the remainder of IL-1 alpha during intracellular processing, we identified by yeast two-hybrid analysis a putative interacting protein previously designated as HAX-1. In vitro binding studies and(More)
PURPOSE We aimed to identify novel prognostic biomarkers for Ewing's sarcoma by investigating the global protein expression profile of Ewing's sarcoma patients. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN We examined the proteomic profile of eight biopsy samples from Ewing's sarcoma patients using two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis. Three patients were alive and(More)
Monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) is a chemokine that plays a critical role in the recruitment and activation of leukocytes. Here, we describe that multinuclear osteoclast formation was significantly inhibited in cells derived from MCP-1-deficient mice. MCP-1 has been implicated in the regulation of osteoclast cell-cell fusion; however defects of(More)
BACKGROUND Although the clinical and histological features of calcifying aponeurotic fibroma are well described, the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings have been reported for only five cases. The purpose of this study was to describe a series of MRI findings in this rare entity to assess its utility in preoperative and differential diagnosis. (More)
Osteosarcoma (OS) is the most frequent primary solid malignant tumor of bone. Its prognosis remains poor in the substantial proportion of patients who do not respond to chemotherapy and novel therapeutic options are therefore needed. We previously established a mouse model that mimics the aggressive behavior of human OS. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent(More)
Ewing's sarcoma family of tumors (ESFT) is comprised of highly malignant bone and soft tissue tumors in children and young adults. Despite intensive treatments for patients with ESFT, disease which presents with metastatic spread or relapses after primary treatment remains incurable in the majority of cases, indicating the importance of efforts to develop(More)
The authors report the case of a 47-year-old woman who harbored a giant cell tumor at the T-5 level. She had undergone curettage of the tumor via a combined anterior and posterior approach at a regional hospital and was later referred to the authors' institution for treatment after the tumor recurred. On examination she exhibited progressive paraparesis and(More)
Our research group aims to develop an osteochondral composite using type II collagen gel with hydroxyapatite (HAp) deposited on one side. Soaking gels in Ca2+ and phosphate solution is indispensable to HAp deposition, so relationships between cell behavior and Ca2+ concentration were examined in two- and three-dimensional cultures. The present results(More)
Intervertebral disc (IVD) consists of a soft gelatinous material in its center, the nucleus pulposus (NP), bounded peripherally by fibrocartilage, annulus fibrosus (AF). Despite the number of patients with IVD degeneration, gene expression analysis has not been undertaken in NP and therefore little is known about the molecular markers expressed in NP. Here,(More)