Kazuhiko Okamura

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A molecular entity for Ca2+-dependent Cl- transport has not been well characterized in salivary cells. Here, we identify a rat CLCA homologue (rCLCA1) using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based strategy. The full length of the isoform was 3.3 kb, and the predicted open reading frame encoded a 903-amino acid protein. Immunoblotting using a specific(More)
BACKGROUND Oral neurofibromas are peripheral nerve sheath tumors, similar to schwannomas. Histological variations in oral neurofibromas are relatively uncommon. CASE PRESENTATION Here, we present a case of unique variation in the observed characteristics of a neurofibroma, with no relation to neurofibromatosis type-1 or von Recklinghausen disease of the(More)
Previously, we presented in vivo evidence for a physiological significance of cAMP-regulated CFTR Cl(-) channels in Ca(2+)-activated Cl(-) reabsorption in the ductal system of the rat submandibular gland. Here, we address the mechanism by which basal CFTR activation contributes to the transepithelial Cl(-) movement evoked by muscarinic stimulation. The(More)
To clarify the evolutionary origin of the linkage of the MHC class III complement genes with the MHC class I and II genes, we isolated C4 cDNA from the banded hound shark (Triakis scyllium). Upon phylogenetic tree analysis, shark C4 formed a well-supported cluster with C4 of higher vertebrates, indicating that the C3/C4 gene duplication predated the(More)
Transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) reportedly causes the differentiation of fibroblasts to myofibroblasts during wound healing. We investigated the mechanism underlying the activation of latent TGF-β1 released by keratinocytes in efforts to identify promising pharmacological approaches for the prevention of hypertrophic scar formation. A(More)
We previously found that a rat CLCA homologue (rCLCA-f) modulates Ca(2+)-dependent Cl(-) transport in the ductal cells of the rat submandibular gland. CLCA proteins have been shown to be multifunctional, with roles in, for example, cell adhesion. Here, we describe the mRNA and protein expressions of a splicing isoform of rat rCLCA (rCLCA-t). This isoform is(More)
A novel scaffold material based on an alginate hydrogel which contained carbon nanotubes (CNTs) was prepared, and its mechanical property and biocompatibility evaluated. Soluble CNTs were prepared with acid treatment and dispersed in sodium alginate solution as a cross-linker. After which, the mechanical property (elastic deformation), saline sorption,(More)
The current studies examine the pore properties and biological effects of DNA-chitosan complexes, which may be useful as scaffolds for tissue engineering. The porosity of the DNA-chitosan complexes was controlled by rinsing them with several different pH 7.2 buffer solutions, including phosphate-buffered saline (PBS), Tris-HCl, boric acid, and(More)
Central acinic cell carcinoma (of the mandible) is rare, and, to our knowledge, only seven cases of this disease have been reported in the literature. A case in a 67-year-old Japanese woman is presented. Clinical examination revealed a 10.0x6.0mm mass located on the buccal aspect of the gingiva of the second molar in the left mandible. Radiographic(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to describe the magnetic resonance images (MRIs) of the architecture of metastatic lymph nodes as well as healthy lymph nodes and to correlate the images with the histopathologic architecture of the lymph nodes from oral squamous cell carcinoma. STUDY DESIGN The signal intensities of 98 cervical lymph nodes from 20(More)