Hirofumi Matsui

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Although hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) can act synergistically or antagonistically with transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) signaling, molecular mechanism of their crosstalk remains unknown. Using antibodies which selectively distinguished receptor-regulated Smads (R-Smads) phosphorylated at linker regions from those at C-terminal regions, we herein(More)
Cancer cells often gain advantage by reducing the tumor-suppressive activity of transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) together with stimulation of its oncogenic activity as in Ras-transformed cells; however, molecular mechanisms remain largely unknown. TGF-beta activates both its type I receptor (TbetaRI) and c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK), which(More)
Vanilloid receptors subtype 1 (VR1), a nonselective cation channel responsive to capsaicin, protons, and noxious heat, has been recently identified in not only neural but also non-neural cells. In the present study, we demonstrated the peripheral expression of VR1 in gastric mucosal epithelial cells and investigated the role of the receptor in cellular(More)
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) using delta-aminolevulinic acid (ALA)-induced accumulation of protoporphyrin IX is a useful approach to the early detection and treatment of cancers. To investigate the role of ferrochelatase in the accumulation of protoporphyrin, we first made mouse fibroblast Balb/3T3 cells highly expressing ferrochelatase and examined the(More)
The epithelium of gastric mucosa undergoes constant renewal. However, the mechanisms of regulation of epithelial cell proliferation and differentiation in the gastric mucosa are poorly understood. Many investigators have used primary cultures of gastric mucosal cells to investigate cell physiology of gastric mucosal epithelium (5,8,14). Because this(More)
Fridovich identified CuZnSOD in 1969 and manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) in 1973, and proposed "the Superoxide Theory," which postulates that superoxide (O2 (•-)) is the origin of most reactive oxygen species (ROS) and that it undergoes a chain reaction in a cell, playing a central role in the ROS producing system. Increased oxidative stress on an(More)
Sonic Hedgehog (Shh), a member of hedgehog peptides family, is expressed in gastric gland epithelium. To elucidate Shh function to gastric mucosal cells, we examined the effect of Shh on the proliferation of a rat normal gastric mucosal cell line, RGM-1. RGM-1 cells express essential components of Shh receptor system, patched-1, and smoothened. Shh enhanced(More)
Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) cause complications such as gastrointestinal injury. NSAIDs were recently reported to cause mitochondrial injury: to dissipate the mitochondrial transmembrane potential (MTP), and to induce mitochondrial permeability transition pore (PTP), which liberates cytochrome c. This enzyme generates reactive oxygen(More)
Induction of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) expression has been associated with cytoprotective and anti-inflammatory actions of lansoprazole, a proton pump inhibitor, but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain largely unresolved. In this study, we investigate the role of transcriptional NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2), its phosphorylation/activation, and(More)