Kazunori Yanagi

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It is unclear whether organ-specific autoantigens are critical for the development of primary Sjögren's syndrome (SS). A 120-kilodalton organ-specific autoantigen was purified from salivary gland tissues of an NFS/sld mouse model of human SS. The amino-terminal residues were identical to those of the human cytoskeletal protein alpha-fodrin. The purified(More)
Until recently, hydrogen sulfide (H2 S) was exclusively viewed a toxic gas and an environmental hazard, with its toxicity primarily attributed to the inhibition of mitochondrial Complex IV, resulting in a shutdown of mitochondrial electron transport and cellular ATP generation. Work over the last decade established multiple biological regulatory roles of H2(More)
Hyperalphalipoproteinemia (HALP) has been regarded as a beneficial state accompanied by a longevity syndrome. However, we reported the cases of markedly hyperalphalipoproteinemic subjects with juvenile corneal opacification. The patients had reduced postheparin hepatic triglyceride lipase (HTGL) activities, and one of them has recently been identified to be(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the prevalence of anti-alpha-fodrin antibody specific for adult Sjögren's syndrome (SS) in patients with juvenile onset SS. METHODS Serum anti-alpha-fodrin antibody was examined in 15 patients with juvenile SS (11 cases of primary SS and 4 secondary SS) and in 16 children with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) by Western blot(More)
In this study, we report an established and characterized animal model for primary Sjögren's syndrome in NFS/sld mutant mice bearing an autosomal recessive gene with sublingual gland differentiation arrest. Significant inflammatory changes develop spontaneously in both the salivary and lacrimal glands of NFS/sld mutant mice thymectomized 3 days after birth(More)
A cleavage product of alpha-fodrin may be an important organ-specific autoantigen in the pathogenesis of Sjogren's syndrome (SS), but the mechanisms of alpha-fodrin cleavage remain unclear. Since EBV has been implicated in the pathogenesis of SS, we determined whether EBV activation could induce the SS-specific 120-kDa autoantigen alpha-fodrin. ZEBRA mRNA(More)
The purpose of the current study was to investigate the effect of the recently synthesized mitochondrially-targeted H2S donor, AP39 [(10-oxo-10-(4-(3-thioxo-3H-1,2-dithiol-5yl)phenoxy)decyl) triphenylphosphonium bromide], on bioenergetics, viability, and mitochondrial DNA integrity in bEnd.3 murine microvascular endothelial cells in vitro, under normal(More)
Our recent study suggested that the 120-kDa alpha-fodrin molecule may be an important autoantigen in the pathogenesis of Sjögren's syndrome, and anti-120-kDa alpha-fodrin antibodies have been detected in patients with Sjögren's syndrome. Here we have analyzed anti-120-kDa alpha-fodrin immune responses during development of spontaneous autoimmune(More)
We describe a case of goblet cell carcinoid of the vermiform appendix, which metastasized to the bilateral ovaries, uterus, vagina and peritoneum three years and four months after appendectomy. The appendiceal tumor showed transmural infiltration of carcinoembryonic antigen-positive goblet cell-type tumor cells, intermingled with a small number of(More)
Intraperitoneal administration with anti-CD86 (B7.2) MoAb into the murine model for primary SS in NFS/sld mutant mice resulted in dramatically inhibitory effects on the development of autoimmune lesions, while no significant effects were observed when the mice were administered with anti-CD80 (B7.1) MoAb. We found that spleen cells in the murine SS model(More)