J Kashiwakura

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BACKGROUND FcεRIβ reportedly functions as an amplifier of the FcεRIγ-mediated activation signal using a reconstitution system. However, the amplification mechanisms in human mast cells (MCs) are poorly understood. We previously reported the hyperexpression of FcεRIβ of MCs in giant papillae from vernal keratoconjunctivitis patients, compared with that in(More)
OBJECTIVE B7 (CD80/CD86) molecules are over-expressed in patients with SLE. However, it is not clear whether CD80/CD86 molecules are involved in the pathogenic autoantibody production specifically or in the polyclonal antibody production in human SLE. The present study was carried out to characterize B7 molecules on B cells in autoantibody production. (More)
BACKGROUND We recently reported that the interaction between Lyn and FcεRIβ is indispensable for FcεRI-mediated human mast cell (MC) activation and that FcεRIβ functions as an amplifier of FcεRI-mediated activation signal. Some of FcεRIβ in cytoplasm appeared not to be co-localized with FcεRIα. The function of FcεRIβ in the cytoplasm remains unknown. (More)
BACKGROUND Th1 and Th2 cells, resulting from antigenic stimulation in the presence of IL-12 and IL-4, respectively, are implicated in the pathology of various diseases including allergic and autoimmune diseases. Txk/Rlk is a member of Tec family tyrosine kinases. We reported that Txk acts as a Th1-specific transcription factor in the T lymphocytes. (More)
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