Katsuma Tsuchihara

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Several Long-Evans rat substrains carrying the phenotype of oculocutaneous albinism and bleeding diathesis are a rat model of Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome (HPS). The mutation responsible for the phenotype (Ruby) was identified as a point mutation in the initiation codon of Rab38 small GTPase that regulates intracellular vesicle transport. As patients with HPS(More)
The chocolate mutation, which is associated with oculocutaneous albinism in mice, has been attributed to a G146T transversion in the conserved GTP/GDP-interacting domain of Rab38, a small GTPase that regulates intracellular vesicular trafficking. Rab38 displays a unique tissue-specific expression pattern with highest levels present in the lung. The purpose(More)
Pulmonary surfactant (PS) is a mixture of several lipids (mainly phosphatidylcholine; PC) and four apoproteins (A, B, C and D). The classical hypothesis of PS transport suggests that PS is synthesized in the endoplasmic reticulum and transported to the lamellar body (LB) via the Golgi apparatus. However, recent studies have raised questions regarding this(More)
A unique protein of 23 kDa (Jf23) was found in the tarsus of the female swallowtail butterfly, Atrophaneura alcinous. Jf23 has 38% identity with a bilin-binding protein, which was found in the cabbage butterfly, Pieris brassicae, and which has two consensus sequences in common with the members of the lipocalin family, suggesting that it is a binding protein(More)
The interaction of immature dendritic cells (DC) with irradiated pancreatic cancer cells was examined. Flow cytometric analysis using annexin V and propidium iodide revealed that ionizing radiation (25-35 Gy X-ray) induced both apoptosis and necrosis in pancreatic cancer cell lines. After irradiation, PK-1 and Panc-1 cells were likely to undergo necrosis,(More)
An abnormal chest shadow was pointed out in a 56-year-old woman in a health check in 2001. She had pulmonary tuberculosis at age 11. Because of repeated fever for the previous 2 years, she visited our hospital in 2003 and right upper lobe pneumonia was detected with a calcified nodule that completely obstructed the right upper lobe bronchus on CT. After(More)
The acoustic reflection technique noninvasively measures airway cross-sectional area vs. distance functions and uses a wave tube with a constant cross-sectional area to separate incidental and reflected waves introduced into the mouth or nostril. The accuracy of estimated cross-sectional areas gets worse in the deeper distances due to the nature of marching(More)
PURPOSE To report a case of phthisis bulbi resulting from late congenital syphilis untreated until adulthood. DESIGN Observational case report. METHODS We report clinical and laboratory evaluations of a 43-year-old woman who presented with a palpebral ulcer of the right eye. RESULTS The patient had a gummatous palpebral ulcer and a phthisis bulbi in(More)
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