Kenta Nakamura

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Adult newts can regenerate their entire retina through transdifferentiation of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). The objective of this study was to redescribe the retina regeneration process by means of modern biological techniques. We report two different antibodies (RPE-No.112 and MAB5428) that recognize the newt homolog of RPE65, which is involved in(More)
The extent to which adult newts retain regenerative capability remains one of the greatest unanswered questions in the regeneration field. Here we report a long-term lens regeneration project spanning 16 years that was undertaken to address this question. Over that time, the lens was removed 18 times from the same animals, and by the time of the last tissue(More)
Involvement of Notch signaling in retinal regeneration by transdifferentiation of pigment epithelium cells was investigated using the adult newt Cynops pyrrhogaster. During retinal regeneration, cells expressing Notch-1 first appeared in the regenerating retina one to two cells thick (stage E-3) originated from the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells,(More)
Musashi-1 (Msi1), an RNA-binding protein (RBP), has been postulated to play important roles in the maintenance of the stem-cell state, differentiation, and tumorigenesis. However, the expression and function of Msi1 in differentiated cells remain obscure. Here we show that Msi1 is expressed in mature photoreceptors and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)(More)
The reprogramming of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells in the adult newt immediately after retinal injury is an area of active research for the study of retinal disorders and regeneration. We demonstrate here that unlike embryonic/larval retinal regeneration, adult newt RPE cells are not directly reprogrammed into retinal stem/progenitor cells;(More)
The great regenerative abilities of newts provide the impetus for studies at the molecular level. However, efficient methods for gene regulation have historically been quite limited. Here we describe a protocol for transgenically expressing exogenous genes in the newt Cynops pyrrhogaster. This method is simple: a reaction mixture of I-SceI meganuclease and(More)
BACKGROUND Lens regeneration in adult newts occurs via transdifferentiation of the pigment epithelial cells (PECs) of the dorsal iris. The same source of cells from the ventral iris is not able to undergo this process. In an attempt to understand this restriction we have studied in the past expression patterns of miRNAs. Among several miRNAs we have found(More)
Adult newts can regenerate their entire retinas, even after surgical removal of the neural retina (retinectomy), through transdifferentiation of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells. To develop a new experimental system for analyzing molecular functions during retinal regeneration of adult newts, we attempted to deliver a foreign gene into RPE cells(More)
Retinal regeneration in the adult newt is a useful system to uncover essential mechanisms underlying the regeneration of body parts of this animal as well as to find clues to treat retinal disorders such as proliferative vitreoretinopathy. Here, to facilitate the study of early processes of retinal regeneration, we provide a de novo assembly transcriptome(More)
The effects of apolipoprotein (Apo) AI mimetic peptide synthesized from D- and L-amino acids on atherosclerotic lesion formation were investigated in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor-deficient mice on a Western diet and in apoE null mice. In addition, their effects on the inflammatory changes induced in LDL-receptor mice fed a Western diet following(More)