Kazuhiro Tanaka

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Heterochromatin protein 1 (HP1) is a key component of constitutive heterochromatin in Drosophila and is required for stable epigenetic gene silencing classically observed as position effect variegation. Less is known of the family of mammalian HP1 proteins, which may be euchromatic, targeted to expressed loci by repressor-corepressor complexes, and retained(More)
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common malignant primary brain tumor of adults and one of the most lethal of all cancers. Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations (EGFRvIII) and phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) hyperactivation are common in GBM, promoting tumor growth and survival, including through sterol regulatory element-binding protein 1(More)
Aerobic glycolysis (the Warburg effect) is a core hallmark of cancer, but the molecular mechanisms underlying it remain unclear. Here, we identify an unexpected central role for mTORC2 in cancer metabolic reprogramming where it controls glycolytic metabolism by ultimately regulating the cellular level of c-Myc. We show that mTORC2 promotes inactivating(More)
UNLABELLED Although it is known that mTOR complex 2 (mTORC2) functions upstream of Akt, the role of this protein kinase complex in cancer is not well understood. Through an integrated analysis of cell lines, in vivo models, and clinical samples, we demonstrate that mTORC2 is frequently activated in glioblastoma (GBM), the most common malignant primary brain(More)
The chemokine, CXCL12, and its receptor, CXCR4, have recently been shown to play an important role in metastasis of several kinds of carcinoma. It has also been demonstrated that VEGF regulates both the expression of CXCR4 and invasiveness in breast cancer cell lines. We compared the immunohistochemical expression of CXCR4 and VEGF between the primary site(More)
MicroRNAs (miRs) are small, non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression and contribute to cell proliferation, differentiation and metabolism. Our previous study revealed the extensive modulation of a set of miRs in malignant glioma. In that study, miR microarray analysis demonstrated the upregulation of microRNA-183 (miR-183) in glioblastomas. Therefore,(More)
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most aggressive of the astrocytic malignancies and the most common intracranial tumor in adults. Although the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is overexpressed and/or mutated in at least 50% of GBM cases and is required for tumor maintenance in animal models, EGFR inhibitors have thus far failed to deliver(More)
Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) is one of the neurotransmitters that transfers light signals from the retina to the hypothalamic suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) where the master clock of mammalian circadian rhythm locates, and is suggested to be implicated in the mechanism of light-induced phase shift of the circadian clock. Here,(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES An automated method for identification of patients with cerebral atrophy due to Alzheimer's disease (AD) was developed based on three-dimensional (3D) T1-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) images. MATERIALS AND METHODS Our proposed method consisted of determination of atrophic image features and identification of AD patients. The(More)
STUDY DESIGN Report of four cases and a review of the literature. OBJECTIVES To study the clinical features and prognosis of primitive neuroectodermal tumor or extraskeletal Ewing sarcoma arising around the spinal column. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Primitive neuroectodermal tumor or extraskeletal Ewing sarcoma that originates around the spinal column is(More)