Hidetaro Yasumitsu

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Proteinase species secreted by 10 human gastric carcinoma cell lines were analyzed by gelatin zymography and immunoblotting. These cell lines were classified into the following three groups with respect to proteinase secretion: cell lines secreting mainly gelatinases A and/or B; those secreting multiple types of serine proteinases; and those scarcely(More)
Human gastric carcinoma cell line STKM-1 secretes a large protein that induces scattering of a rat liver epithelial cell line (BRL) into disconnected individual cells in monolayer culture. This cell-scattering factor was purified from serum-free conditioned medium of STKM-1 cells and found to be composed of three disulfide-linked subunits of 140, 150, and(More)
Proteinases produced by vascular endothelial cells are expected to play important roles in many biological processes. Here we report that human vascular endothelial cells express trypsinogen-2 mRNA and its protein product in culture. The trypsinogen production was stimulated by a tumor promoter and associated with cell growth. In situ hybridization analysis(More)
Trypsin is widely expressed in various non-pancreatic tissues at low levels and overexpressed in some types of human cancers. In the present study, we found that trypsin stimulates integrin-dependent adhesion and growth of MKN-1 human gastric carcinoma cells. MKN-1 cells expressed both proteinase-activated receptor-1 (PAR-1) and PAR-2, which are activated(More)
To clarify the regulatory mechanism of pro-gelatinase A (proGelA) activation at a cellular level, expression of gelatinase A (GelA), three MT-MMPs, and TIMP-2 was examined with 11 human cancer cell lines cultured in the presence and absence of stimulants. MT1-MMP mRNA was expressed in 8 cell lines, while MT2-MMP and MT3-MMP mRNAs were expressed in fewer(More)
Increased secretion of matrix metalloproteinases and serine proteinases is well known to be associated with cancer invasion and metastasis. We aimed to elucidate the implication of trypsin, a serine proteinase and a representative digestive enzyme in invasion and metastasis of human carcinomas. Northern blot, RT-PCR and Western blot analyses and(More)
Human bladder carcinoma cell line EJ-1 secreted a protein of 30 kDa as a major component. This protein was purified from the serum-free conditioned medium of EJ-1. Its N-terminal amino acid sequence was identical to that of fibroblast-derived endothelial cell growth factor (f-ECGF), but there were differences in their amino acid compositions and isoelectric(More)
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) produced by rat smooth muscle cells (SMCs) were investigated. SMCs expressed three kinds of membrane-type MMP, MT1-MMP, MT2-MMP, and MT3-MMP, and the MT-MMP expression was stimulated by the presence of serum. MT3-MMP was characterized further by cloning its cDNA. A rat MT3-MMP cDNA encoding 607 amino acids and a cDNA for its(More)
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) play critical roles in tissue remodeling under various physiologic and pathologic conditions. We recently reported the expression of three membrane-type MMPs (MT-MMPs) by cultured vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) of rats (Shofuda et al, 1997). To investigate the roles of the MT-MMPs in the matrix remodeling of blood(More)
We have cloned a chromosomal DNA segment which covers the entire sequence for the murine interleukin-2 gene and analysed the structure of the gene. The coding regions are separated into four blocks by three introns each of which is located similarly to the corresponding human gene. The exon sequences can be aligned perfectly with the previously cloned cDNA(More)