Katsunari Kina

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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
A primigravida delivered a cyanosed female infant with a very low Apgar score. Cardiac anomaly of the fetus was detected at 32 weeks of gestation by ultrasonography. The baby died on the day of delivery. Autopsy revealed multiple tumor masses in the interventricular septum and ventricular walls. The tumor originating from the interventricular septum was the(More)
Recently, cervical adenocarcinoma has been increasing especially among young women and account for 10-20% of cervical cancer. However, the detection rate of HPV-DNA was 35-85% and lower than that of squamous cell carcinoma. Furthermore, the relationship with HPV in cervical adenocarcinoma was not much investigated in Japan, so we studied HPV status in(More)