Kazuo Okimoto

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A rat model of hereditary renal carcinoma (RC) was found in a rat colony of the Sprague-Dawley strain in Japan and named the "Nihon" rat. In heterozygotes, RCs, predominantly the clear cell type, develop from early preneoplastic lesions, which began to appear as early as 3 weeks of age, to adenocarcinomas by the age of 6 months. The Nihon rat is an example(More)
In the Nihon rat, an established model of hereditary renal cell carcinoma (RCC), the propensity for tumor development, is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait due to a single germline nucleotide insertion mutation in the rat Bhd ortholog. The Birt-Hogg-Dubé (BHD) syndrome is a rare autosomal dominant disease characterized by fibrofolliculoma, pulmonary(More)
Recently, it was reported that the product of Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome gene (folliculin, FLCN) is directly phosphorylated by 5'-AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). In this study, we identified serine 62 (Ser62) as a phosphorylation site in FLCN and generated an anti-phospho-Ser62-FLCN antibody. Our analysis suggests that Ser62 phosphorylation is indirectly(More)
A novel rat model of hereditary renal cell carcinoma (RC) was found in a rat colony of the Sprague-Dawley (SD) strain in Japan, and named the "Nihon" rat in 2000. This study was designed to map the RC susceptibility gene in the Nihon rat using 113 backcross animals. Our present data clearly show that the Nihon gene is genetically linked to interleukin-3(More)
Cerebellar disorders characterized by degeneration or loss of Purkinje cells have been reported in many In the dog, they have occurred in Airedales,' Gordon setters,*z4 rough coated collies,6 border collie^,^ beagle^,^ Sam~yeds,~ and Irish setters.'O An 18-month-old female and a 9-month-old male were mated in our beagle colony. The female was purchased from(More)
The Birt-Hogg-Dubé gene (BHD) encodes the tumor suppressor protein folliculin (FLCN). The function of FLCN has recently been implicated in the regulation of rapamycin-sensitive mTOR complex (mTORC1). Reciprocally, the mTORC1-dependent phosphorylation of FLCN was reported. However, precise mechanism of FLCN phosphorylation and functional interaction of FLCN(More)
A novel rat model of hereditary renal cell carcinoma (RC) was found in a rat colony of the Sprague-Dawley strain in Japan, and named the rising "Nihon" rat. In this strain, RCs develop from early preneoplastic lesions, which begin to appear at 4 weeks of age, forming adenomas by the age of 16 weeks. The RCs are predominantly of clear cell type. Southern(More)
Hereditary cancer was first described in the rat by Eker and Mossige in 1954 in Oslo. The Eker rat model of hereditary renal carcinoma (RC) was the first example of a Mendelian dominantly inherited predisposition to a specific cancer in an experimental animal, and has been contributing to the elucidation of renal carcinogenesis. Recently, we found a second(More)
Cancer is a heritable disorder of somatic cells. Environment and heredity are both important in the carcinogenic process. The Eker rat model of hereditary renal carcinoma (RC) is an example of a Mendelian dominantly inherited predisposition to a specific cancer in an experimental animal. Forty years after the discovery of the Eker rat in Oslo, we and(More)
We recently reported that a germline insertion of a single nucleotide in the rat homologue of the human Birt-Hogg-Dubé gene (BHD) gives rise to dominantly inherited cancer in the Nihon rat model. In this study, we constructed transgenic Nihon rats with introduction of a wild-type Bhd gene to ascertain whether suppression of the Nihon phenotype is possible.(More)