Ken-ichi Miyazaki

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PURPOSE To investigate the effects of loss of osteopontin (OPN) in the healing of the injured cornea in mice. Cell culture study was also conducted to clarify the effects of OPN in fibroblast behaviors. METHODS Ocular fibroblasts from wild-type (WT) and OPN-null (KO) mice were used to study the role of OPN on cell behavior. The effect of the lack of OPN(More)
Fibrotic diseases are characterized by the appearance of myofibroblasts, the key cell type involved in the fibrogenic reaction, and by excess accumulation of extracellular matrix with resultant tissue contraction and impaired function. Myofiborblasts are generated by fibroblast-myofibrobalst conversion, and in certain tissues through epithelial-mesenchymal(More)
Fibrotic diseases, e.g., cutaneous and corneal scarring, keloids, and liver and lung fibrosis, etc., are characterized by appearance of myofibroblasts, the key player of the fibrogenic reaction, and excess accumulation of extracellular matrix with resultant tissue contraction and impaired functions. Inflammatory/fibrogenic growth factors/cytokines produced(More)
We previously reported that osteopontin (OPN), a matrix structural glycophosphoprotein, is upregulated in the injured mouse lens prior to the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Here, we investigated the role of this protein in EMT of the lens epithelium during wound healing. The crystalline lens was injured by needle puncture in OPN-null (KO, n=40)(More)
PURPOSE To examine the effects of introduction of the adenoviral peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-gamma gene on postinjury conjunctival scarring in mice. Its effects on fibrogenic reaction of cultured human subconjunctival fibroblasts (hSCFs) were also evaluated. METHODS The effects of PPARgamma gene introduction on expression of type I(More)
PURPOSE We examined the role of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) in transforming growth factor beta1 (TGFbeta1)-related behavior in cultured human subconjunctival fibroblasts (SCFs), protein production, mRNA expression of CTGF and type I collagen alpha1 chain (colIA1), and cell proliferation and migration. TGFbeta1 is the major factor involved in bleb(More)
PURPOSE We examined the role of interleukin-7 (IL-7) in modulation of production of extracellular matrix (ECM), immunolocalization of Smads, and cell migration and expressions of transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) in cultured human subconjunctival fibroblasts. IL-7 is capable of inducing Smad7, an inhibitory Smad that interferes with TGF-beta/Smad(More)
PURPOSE Smad7 is a molecule that blocks the Smad2/3 signal. Herein, we examined the effects of Smad7 gene introduction on post-injury conjunctival wound healing in mice. Its effects on the cultured human subconjunctival fibroblasts (SCFs) were also investigated. METHODS A circumferential incision was made in the equatorial conjunctiva by using scissors in(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the effect of cyclopamine, an inhibitor of the Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signal, on the growth of an epithelial neoplasm. METHODS Chemically induced eyelid tumors in XPC-null mice (n=40) were treated daily with a subcutaneous injection of cyclopamine (1 mg/animal) for 7 days. The animals were killed after bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) labeling,(More)
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