Isao Matsumoto

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PURPOSE Lung cancers with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-activating mutations show good clinical response to gefitinib and erlotinib, selective tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) to EGFR, but these tumors invariably develop drug resistance. Host stromal cells have been found to have a considerable effect on the behavior of cancer cells. Little is(More)
We cloned four kinds of cDNAs of wheat cystatins (WCs), WC1, WC2, WC3, and WC4, from the seed. They had 47-68% amino acid sequence similarities to other plant cystatins. WC1, WC2, and WC4 had 63-67% similalities to one another while 93% of amino acids were identical between WC1 and WC3. This suggested that WCI, WC2, and WC4 should be regarded as the(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder involving subsets of activated T cells, in particular T helper (Th) 1 and Th17 cells, which infiltrate and damage tissues and induce inflammation. Prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) enhances the Th17 response, exacerbates collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) and promotes inflammatory pain. The(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether occurrence, characteristics, and progression of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are associated with polymorphism of the mannose binding lectin (MBL) gene and with serum MBL concentration. METHODS Codon 54 MBL gene polymorphism of 147 patients with SLE and 160 healthy controls was determined by polymerase chain(More)
INTRODUCTION Recent studies identified STAT4 (signal transducers and activators of transcription-4) as a susceptibility gene for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). STAT1 is encoded adjacently to STAT4 on 2q32.2-q32.3, upregulated in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from SLE patients, and functionally relevant to SLE. This study was conducted to test(More)
Arthritis in the K/BxN mouse model results from pathogenic immunoglobulins (Igs) that recognize the ubiquitous cytoplasmic enzyme glucose-6-phosphate isomerase (GPI). But how is a joint-specific disease of autoimmune and inflammatory nature induced by systemic self-reactivity? No unusual amounts or sequence, splice or modification variants of GPI expression(More)
The binding specificity of a lectin from the hemolymph of silkworm larvae was examined quantitatively by taking advantage of the fluorospectrophotometric properties of the lectin. On excitation at 280 nm, the lectin fraction gave a fluorescence-emission spectrum centered at 336 nm, which was attributable to tryptophan residues. The fluorescence could be(More)
Many plant aspartic proteinases (APs) are different from animal and microbial APs in that they contain a polypeptide insert, approximately 100 amino acids in length, in the C-terminal region. To interpret the significance of this insert, we constructed an expression system for rice AP oryzasin 1 by linking a pro-oryzasin 1 downstream of glutathione(More)
INTRODUCTION TNFAIP3 interacting protein 1, TNIP1 (ABIN-1) is involved in inhibition of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) activation by interacting with TNF alpha-induced protein 3, A20 (TNFAIP3), an established susceptibility gene to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Recent genome-wide association studies revealed association of(More)
OBJECTIVE SPI1, also referred to as PU.1, is an Ets family transcription factor that interacts with IRF2, IRF4, and IRF8. In view of the significance of the type I interferon pathway in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), this study was undertaken to investigate a possible association between SPI1 polymorphisms and SLE. METHODS A case-control association(More)