Hidetoshi Itaya

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AIMS To examine the secretion of human epidermal growth factor (hEGF) by Corynebacterium glutamicum. METHODS AND RESULTS We recently showed that a novel protein-secretion system in C. glutamicum could produce Streptomyces mobaraensis transglutaminase. In the present study, the industrially important protein hEGF was secreted into the culture medium in a(More)
Prostaglandins (PGs) play regulatory roles in a variety of physiological and pathological processes, including the immune response, cytoprotection and inflammation. Desferrioxamine (DFX), an iron chelator, is known to reduce free radical-mediated cell injury and to upregulate certain inflammatory mediators. We investigated the effects of DFX on the(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a mitogen for endothelial cells. We have studied the production of VEGF by human macrophages in response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Macrophages stimulated with LPS expressed VEGF mRNA and protein in concentration- and time-dependent manners. The LPS-induced expression of VEGF was inhibited by cycloheximide(More)
Platelet-activating factor (PAF) acetylhydrolase is an enzyme that inactivates PAF. Deficiency of this enzyme is caused by a missense mutation in the gene. We previously found a higher prevalence of this mutation in patients with ischemic stroke. This fact suggests that the mutation might enhance the risk for stroke through its association with(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a specific mitogen for endothelial cells. We studied the production of VEGF by human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) and smooth muscle cells (SMC) in response to the stimulation with interleukin-1alpha (IL-1alpha). HUVEC expressed VEGF mRNA in response to IL-1alpha in dose- and time-dependent manners. In(More)
Tumor-necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) is a proinflammatory cytokine with a wide variety of biological effects. The most important source of this cytokine is monocytes/macrophages. It is a potent agonist in the activation of endothelial cells; however, the precise role of endothelial cells as a source of TNF-alpha is not known. In the present study, we(More)
PURPOSE We examined the effects of prostaglandin analogues on the blood-aqueous barrier(BAB) permeability in rabbit eyes at an early phase of endotoxin-induced uveitis(EIU). SUBJECTS AND METHODS One drop of 0.005% latanoprost or 0.12% unoprostone were applied to rabbit eyes. Escherichia coli lipopolysaccharides were injected to induce uveitis. The changes(More)
The popular European Molecular Biology Open Software Suite (EMBOSS) currently contains over 400 tools used in various bioinformatics researches, equipped with sophisticated development frameworks for interoperability and tool discoverability as well as rich documentations and various user interfaces. In order to further strengthen EMBOSS in the fields of(More)
Several sphincter-preserving procedures for surgical removal of cancer at the upper or middle part of the rectum often cause disturbances of the ano-rectal and bladder functions. To preserve these functions it is important to minimize the damage to the anal sphincter as well as to the pervic nerves and to preserve the rectal mucous membrane as much as(More)