Katsunari Kina

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PURPOSE To investigate the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in patients attending a gynecologic outpatient department, and to correlate the infection status with the presence or absence of uterine cervical lesions and the grades assessed by cytological or histological examinations. METHODS Five hundred and seventy-two subjects were(More)
Many studies have suggested that human papillomavirus (HPV) infection plays an important role in the carcinogenesis of the cervical adenocarcinoma. However, the prevalence of HPV infection in cervical adenocarcinoma and adenosquamous carcinoma varies among the studies. Cervical adenocarcinoma (24 cases) and adenosquamous carcinoma (16 cases), including the(More)
Over the last 30 years, many studies have indicated that glycosphingolipids (GSLs) expressed on the cell surface may act as binding sites for microorganisms. Based on their physicochemical characteristics, GSLs form membrane microdomains with cholesterol, sphingomyelin, glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored proteins, and various signaling molecules,(More)
A new type of glycolipid, phosphatidylglucoside (PtdGlc), was identified as a component of raft-like membrane domains of the human leukemia cell line HL-60. In this study, we show that PtdGlc forms functional domains that are different from those produced by lactosylceramide (LacCer)-enriched lipid rafts. These rafts initiate neutrophil apoptosis.(More)
Ceramide is important for water retention and permeability barrier functions in the stratum corneum, and plays a key role in the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis (AD). A Pseudomonas aeruginosa-derived neutral ceramidase (PaCDase) isolated from a patient with AD was shown to effectively degrade ceramide in the presence of Staphylococcus aureus-derived(More)
Populations of glycolipids change markedly during leukocyte differentiation, suggesting that these molecules are involved in biological functions. About 70% of the glycosphingolipids in human neutrophils are lactosylceramide, a molecule also expressed on monocytes and dendritic cells, but not on lymphocytes. In contrast, phosphatidylglucoside is mainly(More)
BACKGROUND Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the most important factor in the oncogenic mechanism of cervical tumor. Furthermore, in a separate multi-stage process, abnormality in cell cycle kinetics has been demonstrated. In order to elucidate the oncogenic mechanism, we examined the relationship between cervical carcinoma and HPV infection, and also(More)
Cyclosporine A is an immunosuppressive agent that suppresses pruritus and is currently used in the treatment of patients with severe atopic dermatitis. The aim of this study was to elucidate the antipruritic mechanism of cyclosporine A using a mouse model of atopic dermatitis. Intraperitoneal injection of cyclosporine A (5 mg/kg) significantly reduced(More)
We report a rare case of secretory carcinoma of the breast in a 50-year-old Japanese woman. The patient had been aware of a right breast tumor for 8 years, but had left it untreated. The tumor enlarged in size and became painful, and she visited our hospital. Breast carcinoma was diagnosed, and mastectomy was performed. Histopathological examination(More)