Isao Miyakawa

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Configurational changes of mitochondria and mitochondrial nucleoids (mt-nucleoids) during meiosis and sporulation in the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, were examined using the mitochondrial membrane-binding fluorescent dye, dimethyl aminostyrylmethylpyridiniumiodine (DASPMI) and the DNA-binding fluorescent dye, 4',6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI). In(More)
Deregulated centrosome duplication or maturation often results in increased centrosome size and/or centrosome number, both of which show a positive and significant correlation with aneuploidy and chromosomal instability, thus contributing to cancer formation. Given the role of Polo-like kinases (Plks) in the centrosome cycle, it is not unexpected that(More)
It has been demonstrated that human endometrial stromal cells (ESC) produce a variety of chemokines in vivo and in vitro. To evaluate the expression of epithelial neutrophil-activating peptide 78 (ENA-78) in the endometrium, concentrations of ENA-78 in cyclic endometrial tissues were measured using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The expression of ENA-78(More)
In order to evaluate the involvement of cell proliferation and apoptosis in the pathogenesis of endometriosis, we investigated the effects of interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) on cell growth inhibition and apoptosis of cultured ovarian endometriotic cyst stromal cells (ECSC), eutopic endometrial stromal cells with endometriosis (ESCwE) and normal endometrial(More)
BACKGROUND Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACIs) can inhibit proliferation, stimulate apoptosis, and induce cell cycle arrest in malignant cells. METHODS The authors investigated the effects of four HDACIs on nine ovarian carcinoma cell lines in vitro and in vivo. Ovarian carcinoma cells were treated with a variety of HDACIs, and their effects on cell(More)
PURPOSE HDAC inhibitors (HDACIs) have been shown to inhibit cancer cell proliferation, stimulate apoptosis, and induce cell cycle arrest. Our purpose was to investigate the antiproliferative effects of the HDACIs [suberoyl anilide bishydroxamine, valproic acid (VPA), trichostatin A, and sodium butyrate] against six endometrial cancer cell lines. (More)
Mitochondrial nucleoids (mt-nucleoids) of the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, were isolated from spheroplasts of stationary phase cells and their structure and organization were investigated by fluorescence microscopy, electron microscopy, and biochemical techniques. Isolated mt-nucleoids were spherical or ovoid and 0.3-0.6 micron in diameter, and were(More)
The characteristics and underlying mechanisms of new-onset ventricular arrhythmia during pregnancy have not been adequately investigated. We studied 11 pregnant women aged 35.4 +/- 3.1 years who experienced new-onset ventricular arrhythmias during pregnancy. The onset of their first episode of ventricular arrhythmia was distributed equally over the 3(More)
OBJECTIVE We investigated the usefulness of cervicovaginal interleukin-1beta and interleukin-8 levels during pregnancy as markers of preterm and term parturition. STUDY DESIGN Cervicovaginal fluids were obtained from 119 pregnant women at 24 to 41 weeks' gestation. Cytokine concentrations were measured by enzyme-linked immunoassay. RESULTS(More)
Growth-regulated oncogene alpha (GROalpha), a potent chemoattractant for neutrophils, has previously been detected in the endometrial stromal cells (ESC) of human endometrium. In this study, the mRNA expression of GROalpha in the endometrium was evaluated by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction analysis, while the localization of GROalpha protein(More)