Itsuro Matsuo

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Spontaneous regression of hepatocellular carcinoma is a rare phenomenon. Abscopal regression of tumours resulting from the effect of irradiation of a tissue on a remote non-irradiated tissue is also rare. The case of a 76 year old Japanese man with hepatocellular carcinoma that regressed after radiotherapy for thoracic vertebral bone metastasis is(More)
An 84 bp element located between nucleotides -162 and -79 of the chicken alpha A-crystallin gene exhibits lens-specific enhancer activity. Transient transfection experiments using 5' deletion and linker scanner mutants has indicated that the 84 bp enhancer element is composed of three motifs, alpha CE1 (-162 to -134), alpha CE3 (-135 to -121) and alpha CE2(More)
Patients with pemphigus vulgaris (PV) have circulating anti-desmoglein (Dsg) 3 immunoglobulin G (IgG) autoantibodies that induce blister formation. We developed an in vitro quantitative assay to evaluate the pathogenic strength of anti-Dsg3 IgG autoantibodies in blister formation. To obtain intercellular adhesion mediated dominantly by Dsg3, we used primary(More)
Causative gene defects have not been demonstrated in the majority of nonbullous congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma (NBCIE) cases. The purpose of this study was to further elucidate the pathogenesis of NBCIE. Immunohistochemical and ultrastructural observations, transglutaminase activity assays and sequencing of TGM1 were performed in five patients from(More)
HLA alleles in generalized pustular psoriasis (GPP) were investigated to clarify the etiology and/or pathogenesis of this disease. Not only serological typing of HLA class I and II antigens but also genotyping of HLA class II alleles were carried out in twenty-six unrelated Japanese patients with GPP. These patients were classified according to their(More)
Fluorospectroscopic behavior of chlorpromazine, mequitazine, afloqualone and piroxicam, which are known to induce skin photosensitivity, was examined in both homogeneous solutions and human buccal mucosal cells. Each drug showed large Stokes' shifts and their fluorescence intensities increased in hydrophobic solvents. These results indicated that the drugs(More)
Multidrug resistance-associated protein (MRP) is a 190 kD transmembrane protein and a potentially important drug-transporter protein in human cancers. While the MRP gene is expressed in normal cells and tissues, the expression in solid tumors is not sufficiently determined. MRP and mdr1 mRNA expressions were examined in normal lung parenchyma and in tumor(More)
To determine the expression of multidrug resistance-associated protein (MRP) gene and its role in gastric and colon cancers, we analyzed 10 gastric and 10 colon non-drug-selected cell lines and a similar number of tissue samples of these cancers. We compared the expression of MRP and mdrl mRNA in cell lines and tissues using reverse-transcriptase polymerase(More)