Hiroshi Kumimoto

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BACKGROUND Exposure to environmental carcinogens leads to oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC); however, the impact of genetic variations in carcinogen metabolisms and DNA repair on OSCC risk considering environmental exposures has not been clearly elucidated. METHODS We conducted a case-control study with 122 cases and 241 controls. The risk of OSCC was(More)
BACKGROUND To evaluate whether feedback of genetic information regarding an L-myc polymorphism, identified as impacting on tobacco-related cancer risk, has an influence on smoking cessation, an intervention study was conducted. METHODS We recruited smokers from first-visit outpatients at Aichi Cancer Center Hospital. Six hundred and seventeen participated(More)
BACKGROUND NKG2D is an immune receptor on natural killer (NK) and other cells active in the immune system. It recognizes ligands expressed on mainly transformed cells and plays a role in their elimination through the so-called 'cancer immune surveillance'. It was reported that there are two haplotypes of NKG2D, HNK1 (high NK activity) and LNK1 (low NK(More)
dutA is a gene specifically expressed during the development of Dictyostelium discoideum. Toward understanding its possible role in development, we isolated and characterized the gene and its complete cDNA. We found that dutA is encoded by the nuclear genome as a single copy gene without introns. In addition, the following unique and interesting features of(More)
In Dictyostelium discoideum, a novel type of RNA (dutA RNA), which is untranslatable, cytosolic and 1.3 kb in size, appears specifically after the aggregation stage [Yoshida, H. et al. (1994) Nucleic Acids Res. 22, 41-46]. We here show that the dutA gene is transcribed by RNA polymerase II, based on its alpha-amanitin sensitive nature of in vitro(More)
We previously reported that loss of heterozygosity on 13q12-13 is related with poor prognosis of esophageal cancer. However, a target tumor-suppressor gene on this region is not yet identified. Recently, LATS2, a new human homologue of the Drosophila tumor suppressor gene (lats/warts) was identified on 13q11-12. We therefore screened esophageal tumor cell(More)
Recent studies of various cancers, such as those of the breast, head and neck, bladder and lung, reported that 46-64% of somatic mutations in the D-loop region of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) are observed. However, in esophageal cancer, only a low rate (5%) of somatic mutations has so far been reported in one article (Hibi, K. et al., Int J Cancer(More)
The untranslatable, RNA polymerase II-dependent gene (dutA) of Dictyostelium discoideum is induced early in development. However, unlike other early genes, dutA induction was not affected by cAMP pulses and occurred normally in various cAMP-related mutant cells, the results indicating that this induction depended solely on factors other than cAMP. In the(More)
Phototherapy with narrow-band UVB (NB-UVB), with a peak exclusively at 311 nm wavelength, has been found to be more effective in treating a variety of skin diseases than conventional broad-band UVB (BB-UVB). To assess the difference in carcinogenic activity between NB-UVB and BB-UVB, we investigated skin tumor formation by irradiating albino hairless, Ogg1(More)
Using in vitro mismatch repair (MMR) assay, we have identified 3 of 22 esophageal cancer cell lines exhibiting reduced MMR activity. By means of gel-shift assay, decreased binding ability to GT mismatch and CA loop was observed in these 3 cell lines. However, we could not find any mutations in the hMSH2, hMSH3 and hMSH6 genes, the protein products of which(More)