Junichi Tsukada

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The C/EBP family of proteins represents an important group of bZIP transcription factors that are key to the regulation of essential functions such as cell cycle, hematopoiesis, skeletal development, and host immune responses. They are also intimately associated with tumorigenesis and viral disease. These proteins are regulated at multiple levels, including(More)
A site located between -2782 and -2729 of the human prointerleukin-1 beta (IL1B) gene functions as a strong lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-responsive enhancer independent of the previously identified enhancer located between -2896 and -2846 (F. Shirakawa, K. Saito, C.A. Bonagura, D.L. Galson, M. J. Fenton, A. C. Webb, and P. E. Auron, Mol. Cell. Biol.(More)
Interleukin 1 (IL-1) delivers a stimulatory signal which increases the expression of a set of genes by modulating the transcription factor NF-kappaB. The IL-1 receptors are transmembrane glycoproteins which lack a catalytic domain. The C-terminal portion of the type I IL-1 receptor (IL-IRI) is essential for IL-1 signalling and for IL-1 dependent activation(More)
Two classes of transcription factors, ETS and bZIP, stand out as key mediators of monocyte commitment and differentiation. The ETS domain factor Spi-1 (also called PU.1) and the bZIP factor NF-IL6 (also called C/EBPbeta) have been shown to be involved in the transcriptional regulation of interleukin-1beta gene (il1b) and other monocyte-specific genes. We(More)
We have investigated the regulatory role of DNA methylation in the expression of the human histo-blood group ABO genes. The ABO gene promoter region contains a CpG island whose methylation status correlates well with gene expression in the cell lines tested. The CpG island was found hypomethylated in some cell lines that expressed ABO genes, whereas the(More)
In this study, we investigated the expression of six human DNA mismatch repair (MMR) genes, human MutS homologues 2 (hMSH2), 3 (hMSH3), and 6 (hMSH6), human MutL homologue 1 (hMLH1), human post-meiotic segregations 1 (hPMS1) and 2 (hPMS2), in primary leukemic cells obtained from 11 patients with acute-type adult T-cell leukemia (ATL) by using reverse(More)
Whether galectin-9 plays a role in inflammatory responses remains elusive. The present study was designed to determine the role of intracellular galectin-9 in activation of inflammatory cytokine genes in human monocytes. Galectin-9 expression vector pBKCMV3-G9 was transiently co-transfected into THP-1 monocytic cells along with luciferase reporters carrying(More)
1998, a consensus meeting was held in Miyazaki, Japan, to develop an approach to management of febrile neutropenia (FN). The K-HOT study group decided to examine whether this proposal was applicable to clinical practice in a multicenter study. Patients who developed fever with neutrophil counts <1,000/microL were randomized to receive either a single(More)
UNLABELLED Hypercalcemia is observed in >80% of ATL. Serum MIP-1alpha levels were elevated in all 24 ATL with hypercalcemia but undetectable in all 10 patients with humoral hypercalcemia of malignancy with solid tumors and in 34 of 37 ATL without hypercalcemia. We propose that serum MIP-1alpha is a clinical hallmark for hypercalcemia in ATL. INTRODUCTION(More)
OBJECTIVE Constitutive activation of nuclear factor (NF)-kappaB is a common feature of human T-cell leukemia virus type I (HTLV-I)-transformed T cells. Inhibition of NF-kappaB activity reduces cell growth and induces apoptosis of HTLV-I-transformed T cells, suggesting a central role of NF-kappaB in their proliferation and survival. In this study, we(More)