Kaori Igarashi

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Heme oxygenase (HO) is the rate-limiting enzyme that catalyzes the degradation of heme into iron, carbon monoxide, and biliverdin. This enzyme has important functions in cellular homeostasis, including the regulation of oxidative load, apoptosis, and inflammation. Two isoforms of HO, the inducible HO-1 and the constitutive HO-2, are expressed and are known(More)
The effects of ionizing radiation (IR) on tumor neovascularization are still unclear. We previously reported that vascular endothelial cells (ECs) expressing the IR-induced senescence-like (IRSL) phenotype exhibit a significant decrease in angiogenic activity in vitro. In this study, we examined the effects of the IRSL phenotype on adhesion to early(More)
The effects of ionizing radiation (IR) on tumor angiogenesis still remain largely unknown. In this study, we found that IR (8 Gy) induces a high-frequency (80-90%) senescence-like phenotype in vascular endothelial cells (ECs) undergoing exponential growth. This finding allowed us to characterize the IR-induced senescence-like (IRSL) phenotype by examining(More)
Heat shock induces a variety of biological events including gene activation, cell cycle arrest, and apoptosis. Heat shock has recently been shown to be potentially useful when combined with radiation in cancer therapy, probably because, in mammalian cells, heat inhibits the repair of double-strand breaks (DSBs) induced by ionizing radiation. It remains(More)
The well-established process of potentially lethal damage (PLD) repair enhances plateau-phase cell survival after exposure to ionizing radiation. PLD repair requires that confluent cells be incubated prior to plating for a colony-forming assay rather than being plated immediately. Enhanced double-strand break (DSB) repair during this incubation period has(More)
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