Hitoshi Nishimura

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In mouse, two different isoforms of ADAM1 (fertilin alpha), ADAM1a and ADAM1b, are produced in the testis. ADAM1a is localized within the endoplasmic reticulum of testicular germ cells, whereas epididymal sperm contain only ADAM1b on the plasma membrane. In this study, we show that the loss of ADAM1a results in the male infertility because of the severely(More)
Using a genome-wide cDNA microarray to search for genes that were specifically up-regulated in non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC), we identified an abundant expression of neuromedin U (NMU) in the great majority of lung cancers. Immunohistochemical analysis showed a significant association of NMU expression with poorer prognosis of patients with NSCLC.(More)
Gene expression profile analyses of non-small cell lung carcinomas (NSCLC) and esophageal squamous cell carcinomas (ESCC) revealed that lymphocyte antigen 6 complex locus K (LY6K) was specifically expressed in testis and transactivated in a majority of NSCLCs and ESCCs. Immunohistochemical staining using 406 NSCLC and 265 ESCC specimens confirmed that LY6K(More)
Gene expression profile analysis of lung cancers revealed the transactivation of an immunoglobulin-like molecule Nectin-4 in the majority of non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC). Immunohistochemical staining of 422 NSCLCs showed that a high level of Nectin-4 expression was associated with poor prognosis for NSCLC patients (P < 0.0001), and multivariate(More)
PURPOSE AND EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN We have been investigating genes involved in pulmonary carcinogenesis by examining gene expression profiles of non-small-cell lung cancers to identify molecules that might serve as diagnostic markers or targets for development of new molecular therapies. A gene encoding ADAM8, a disintegrin and metalloproteinase domain-8, was(More)
Fertilin is reported to be a heterodimeric protein composed of A Disintegrin And Metalloprotease 1 (ADAM1, fertilin alpha) and ADAM2 (fertilin beta) located on the sperm surface. In the process of clarifying the molecular basis of mouse ADAM1, we have identified two intron-less mouse genes encoding different isoforms of ADAM1, termed ADAM1a and ADAM1b. The(More)
Serum levels of amphiregulin and transforming growth factor-alpha (TGF-alpha), which were identified previously to be expressed at high levels in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with poor response to gefitinib, were examined by ELISA using blood samples taken from 50 patients with advanced NSCLCs. Of 14 cases that revealed above the cutoff line for(More)
PURPOSE AND EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN To identify molecules that might be useful as diagnostic/prognostic biomarkers and as targets for the development of new molecular therapies, we screened genes that were highly transactivated in a large proportion of 101 lung cancers by means of a cDNA microarray representing 27,648 genes. We found a gene encoding KIF4A, a(More)
This study investigated the in vivo antihypertensive activity of three novel peptides identified in the in vitro digest of pork meat. These peptides were RPR, KAPVA and PTPVP and all of them showed significant antihypertensive activity after oral administration to spontaneously hypertensive rats, RPR being the peptide with the greatest in vivo activity. To(More)
We recently found mutations of the transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-beta1) gene (TGFB1) in 9 families, in which progressive diaphyseal dysplasia (Camurati-Engelmann disease) is segregating [Kinoshita et al., 2000: Nat Genetics 26:19-20]. During the study, we encountered two unrelated girls, aged 17 and 11 years, who had clinical manifestations of the(More)