Ichiro Kawase

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WT1 was first identified as a tumor suppressor involved in the development of Wilms’ tumor. Recently, oncogenic properties of WT1 have been demonstrated in various hematological malignancies and solid tumors. Because WT1 has been identified as a molecular target for cancer immunotherapy, immunohistochemical detection of WT1 in tumor cells has become an(More)
The Wilms' tumor gene WT1 is overexpressed in leukemias and various types of solid tumors, and the WT1 protein was demonstrated to be an attractive target antigen for immunotherapy against these malignancies. Here, we report the outcome of a phase I clinical study of WT1 peptide-based immunotherapy for patients with breast or lung cancer, myelodysplastic(More)
Suppressor of cytokine signaling-1 (SOCS-1) is one of the negative-feedback regulators of Janus kinase (JAK)-signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) signaling. We previously showed that SOCS-1 participates in LPS signaling, but it is not entirely clear yet how SOCS-1 suppresses LPS signaling. In this study, we demonstrate that SOCS-1(More)
BACKGROUND We have previously shown that fisetin, a flavonol, inhibits IL-4 and IL-13 synthesis by allergen- or anti-IgE-antibody-stimulated basophils. This time, we investigated the inhibition of IL-4 and IL-13 production by basophils by other flavonoids and attempted to determine the fundamental structure of flavonoids related to inhibition. We(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate whether the suppressor of cytokine signalling (SOCS)-1 can act as a tumour suppressor when functioning as a negative regulator of the Janus family tyrosine kinases (JAKs), which have been reported to play important roles in leukaemogenesis. For this purpose, we carried out molecular analysis of the SOCS-1 gene in(More)
C-reactive protein (CRP) is a sensitive marker and mediator of inflammation, whereas IL-6 blocking therapy can normalize serum levels of CRP in chronic inflammatory diseases. We investigated the precise synergistic induction mechanism of CRP gene expression by IL-1 and IL-6 in Hep3B cells. In the early induction phase, IL-1 inhibited IL-6-mediated CRP gene(More)
We investigated the ability of 7-ethyl-10-[4-(1-piperidino)-1-piperidino] carbonyloxycamptothecin (CPT-11) to increase tumor radio-response in vivo using human lung tumor xenografts. The xenografts were treated with (1) CPT-11 (10 mg/kg) intraperitoneally on days 1, 5 and 9, (2) single dose radiation (10 Gy/leg) on day 1, or (3) a combination regimen of(More)
This study is a pharmacogenetic clinical trial designed to clarify whether the N-acetyltransferase 2 gene (NAT2) genotype-guided dosing of isoniazid improves the tolerability and efficacy of the 6-month four-drug standard regimen for newly diagnosed pulmonary tuberculosis. In a multicenter, parallel, randomized, and controlled trial with a PROBE design,(More)
We have identified the genes whose expressions are augmented in the blood cells of the patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) using the 'stepwise subtraction' technique along with microarray analysis. The expression levels of these genes were assessed by quantitative real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) in 31 SLE(More)
Macrophages play an important role in the pathogenesis of chronic colitis. However, it remains unknown how macrophages residing in the colonic lamina propria are regulated. We characterized colonic lamina proprial CD11b-positive cells (CLPMphi). CLPMphi of wild-type mice, but not IL-10-deficient mice, displayed hyporesponsiveness to TLR stimulation in terms(More)