Hirokazu Fujimoto

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Sphingolipid activator proteins (saposins A, B, C, and D) are derived from a common precursor protein (prosaposin) and specifically activate in vivo degradation of glycolipids with short carbohydrate chains. A mouse model of prosaposin deficiency (prosaposin-/-) closely mimics the human disease with an elevation of multiple glycolipids. The recently(More)
Lysophosphatidic acid has been identified as a vasopressor principle in incubated mammalian plasma and sera, and shown to be generated extracellulary by lysophospholipase D-like activity. In this study, we monitored the time course of changes in the major phospholipid fractions during incubation of plasma, and found that polyunsaturated lysophosphatidic(More)
Chronic inflammation in arterial wall that is driven by immune cells and cytokines plays pivotal roles in the development of atherosclerosis. Interleukin 27 (IL-27) is a member of the IL-12 family of cytokines that consists of IL-27p28 and Epstein-Barr virus induced gene 3 (EBI3) and has anti-inflammatory properties that regulate T cell polarization and(More)
Lysophosphatidic acids (1-linoleoyl-, 1-linolenoyl, 1-arachidonoyl- and 1-O-hexadecyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphate) induced rapid contraction of rat isolated colon which was dependent on external Ca2+, 1-linolenoyl-lysophosphatidic acid having the greatest effect. The contraction induced by 1-linolenoyl-lysophosphatidic acid was reduced considerably by nifedipine(More)
Inflammation driven by immune cells and pro-inflammatory cytokines is implicated in pancreatic β-cell injury, leading to the development of diabetes mellitus. IL-27, a cytokine consisting of IL-27p28 and Epstein-Barr virus-induced gene 3 (EBI3), binds a membrane-bound heterodimeric receptor consisting of the IL-27 receptor α chain (WSX-1) and gp130. IL-27(More)
An investigation was undertaken to study the effect of EPA in rats fed different protein sources. A highly concentrated EPA (78% EPA, ethyl ester form), manufactured from sardine oil was administered to SHRSP (Stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rat) and WKY (Wistar Kyoto) for 4 weeks. Casein or SPI (soy protein isolate) was used as protein source in(More)
  • H Fujimoto
  • 1989
Alloreactive mixed lymphocyte reaction (MLR), mitogen-induced response (MR), and suppressor cells against these responses in murine bone marrow chimeras were examined, to clarify the mechanisms of immunological tolerance and immunodeficiency after bone marrow transplantation (BMT). Between 35 and 70 days after BMT, there was no response of spleen cells from(More)
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