Hiroko Nakatsukasa

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We previously reported attenuation of autoimmune disease by low-dose gamma-ray irradiation in MRL-lpr/lpr mice. Here, we studied the effect of low-dose gamma-ray irradiation on collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) in DBA/1J mice. Mice were immunized with type II collagen, and exposed to low-dose gamma-rays (0.5 Gy per week for 5 weeks). Paw swelling, redness,(More)
We recently reported attenuation of autoimmune disease by low-dose gamma irradiation (repeated doses of 0.5 Gy) in MRL-lpr/ lpr mice. Here we studied the effect of low-dose gamma irradiation on experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), which is a rodent model of multiple sclerosis. SJL/J mice were immunized with myelin basic protein for the induction(More)
Tago, F., Tsukimoto, M., Nakatsukasa, H. and Kojima. S. Repeated 0.5 Gy Gamma Irradiation Attenuates Autoimmune Disease in MRL-lpr/lpr Mice with Suppression of CD3(+)CD4(-)CD8(-)B220(+) T-Cell Proliferation and with Up-regulation of CD4(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+) Regulatory T Cells. Radiat. Res. 169, 59-66 (2008). MRL-lpr/lpr mice are used as a model of systemic(More)
Extracellular adenosine activates P1 receptors (A(1), A(2A), A(2B), A(3)) on cellular membranes. Here, we investigated the involvement of P1 receptor-mediated signaling in differentiation to regulatory T cells (Treg). Treg were induced in vitro by incubating isolated CD4(+)CD62L(+) naïve murine T cells under Treg-skewing conditions. Antagonists of A(1) and(More)
We recently reported that repeated 0.5-Gy gamma irradiation attenuates the pathology of collagen-induced arthritis. In this study, to investigate the mechanism further, we focused on changes in Treg/Th17 cells and changes in the production of antibody against an external antigen in response to gamma irradiation as well as on the radiosensitivity of Treg(More)
Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) serves as a signaling molecule for adaptive responses to a variety of cytotoxic agents and plays an important role in mediating the radiation stress-induced responses that serve to mitigate or repair the injurious effects of γ radiation on the body. Indeed, low doses of radiation may have a net beneficial effect by activating a(More)
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