Kosuke Asano

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ZHX2 and ZHX3 are the members of the ZHX transcriptional repressor family. To investigate the regulatory role of the repressors in hepatocytes and their involvement in carcinogenesis, the expression levels of ZHX2 and ZHX3 mRNAs were examined. The dRLh-84 hepatoma cells considerably expressed cancer marker genes PKM and HK II that are expressed in(More)
Small compounds that activate the insulin-dependent signaling pathway have potential therapeutic applications in controlling insulin-independent diabetes mellitus. In this study, we investigated whether soybean isoflavones could induce the expression of SHARP-2, a downstream component of insulin-dependent signaling pathway, associated with the regulation of(More)
We previously reported that (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) increased the level of SHARP-1 mRNA via a phosphoinositide 3-kinase/atypical protein kinase C lambda signaling pathway in rat H4IIE hepatoma cells. In the present study, we investigated other signaling pathway(s). Treating with either compound-C, BAY11-7082, or both, partially blocked the(More)
Small compounds that activate the insulin-dependent signaling pathway have potential therapeutic applications in controlling type 2 diabetes mellitus. The rat enhancer of split- and hairy-related protein-2 (SHARP-2) is an insulin-inducible transcription factor that decreases expression of the phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase gene, a gluconeogenic enzyme(More)
The rat enhancer of split- and hairy-related protein-1 (SHARP-1) is an insulin-inducible transcriptional repressor. In this study, we examined issues of whether (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a green tea polyphenol, regulates the expression of the rat SHARP-1 gene and which signaling pathway mediates the regulation. When H4IIE cells were treated(More)
A wire grid polarizer comprised of chromium oxide is designed for a micro-lithography system using an ArF excimer laser. Optical properties for some material candidates are calculated using a rigorous coupled-wave analysis. The chromium oxide wire grid polarizer with a 90 nm period is fabricated by a double-patterning technique using KrF lithography and dry(More)
The 5'-AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) functions as a cellular energy sensor. 5-Aminoimidazole-4-carboxyamide-1-β-D-ribofranoside (AICAR) is a chemical activator of AMPK. In the liver, AICAR suppresses expression of thephosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase(PEPCK) gene. The rat enhancer of split- and hairy-related protein-2 (SHARP-2) is an insulin-inducible(More)
The rat enhancer of split- and hairy-related protein-2 (SHARP-2) is an insulin-inducible transcription factor. In this study, we examined the mechanism(s) involved in the regulation of the rat SHARP-2 gene expression by (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). The induction of SHARP-2 mRNA by EGCG was repressed by pretreatments with inhibitors for either(More)
The rat enhancer of split- and hairy-related protein-2 (SHARP-2) is an insulin-inducible transcription factor which represses transcription of the rat phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase gene. In this study, a regulatory mechanism of the SHARP-2 mRNA level by insulin was analyzed. Insulin rapidly induced the level of SHARP-2 mRNA. This induction was blocked(More)
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