Junichi Yoshino

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Peripheral nerve glycolipids, with which anti-myelin-associated glycoprotein (MAG) antibodies from patients with demyelinating neuropathy and plasma cell dyscrasia cross-react, proved to be novel glycosphingolipids containing a sulfated glucuronyl residue. Consequently, there has been much interest in the immunological role that these sulfated(More)
Nerve injury alters the function of Schwann cells from quiescent, myelin forming cells to proliferating cells that facilitate nerve repair. The transcription factor, Zif268, may be involved in transmitting injury-related signals since its expression is rapidly induced by nerve transection in vivo and without intervening protein synthesis by injury-related(More)
Secondary cultures of Schwann cells were transfected with a plasmid containing the SV-40 T antigen gene expressed under the control of the mouse metallothionein-I promoter. We used the calcium phosphate method for transfection and obtained a transfection efficiency of 0.01%. The colonies were cloned by limited dilution, and these cloned cell lines were(More)
Cultured rat Schwann cells were treated for 72 h with axolemma- and myelin-enriched fractions prepared from rat brainstem. [3H]Thymidine was added to the cultures 48 h before the termination of the experiment. Although, both fractions produced a dose-dependent uptake of label into Schwann cells, the shape of the dose response curves and rates at which(More)
Primary cultures of Schwann cells were labeled by indirect immunofluorescence using an antibody directed against 2',3'-cyclic nucleotide 3'-phosphodiesterase (CNPase). Schwann cells which had been maintained in culture for 8 weeks were labeled with this antibody. Immunoblot analysis of Schwann cell homogenates revealed a single band with a molecular weight(More)
Cultured Schwann cells stimulated with an axolemma- or myelin-enriched fraction incorporated 2.5 to three times as much [3H]thymidine when 10 mM lithium was added to the extracellular medium. The ability of lithium to enhance the mitogenic activity of either fraction was dose dependent. This result was not due to an increase in osmolarity, because addition(More)
Cultured Schwann cells were found to phagocytose exogenously applied myelin membranes within 1 h. However, the resulting proliferative response required an additional 9 h of incubation. Treatment with ammonium chloride, a lysosomal inhibitor, delayed the appearance of the proliferative response to the myelin membranes by 12 h. Processing of myelin within(More)
Leptinotarsin, a toxin found in the hemolymph of the beetle Leptinotarsa haldemani, can stimulate release of acetylcholine from synaptic termini. Leptinotarsin causes an increase in the frequency of miniature end plate potentials (mepps) of the rat phrenic nerve-diaphragm preparation. The increase in the frequency of mepps induced by leptinotarsin is(More)
The relative levels of the central nervous system myelin marker enzyme 2':3'-cyclic nucleotide 3'-phosphodiesterase (EC 3.1.4.37, CNPase) were determined in neuroblastoma, astrocyte, oligodendrocyte and Schwann cell cultures and in freshly isolated human lymphocytes and platelets. The highest specific activities were associated with the cells that elaborate(More)