Kouichi Jimbow

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We recently reported that 3'-sulfonoquinovosyl-1'-monoacylglycerol (designated A-5) extracted from sea urchin intestine was effective in suppressing the growth of solid tumors. Although the major fatty acid component of A-5 was a saturated C(16) acid, there were five other fatty acids, 14:0, 18:0, 14:1, 16:1, and 18:1, which constitute minor components of(More)
Phenolic and catecholic compounds were synthesized, by combination with cysteine or cysteamine through thioether bond, and their antimelanoma and melanocytotoxic effects were evaluated. Among nine compounds tested, 4-S-cysteaminylphenol (CAP) resulted in an increase in the life span (% ILS) of melanoma-bearing mice and in the growth inhibition (% GI) of(More)
Certain aspects of current progress in melanin biology and its possible clinical relevances are reviewed with emphasis on some of our recent research activities. The important aspects discussed are (a) the biological properties of melanin pigments and their relevance to biological functions, (b) functional interaction of melanogenic/melanogenesis-associated(More)
BACKGROUND It is important to develop new immunosuppressive agents without clinical drawbacks. In this article, we reveal the possibility of a chemically synthetic sulfonolipid that acts as a novel immunosuppressive drug. METHODS We evaluated the immunosuppressive effect of 3-O-(6-deoxy-6-sulfono-beta-D-glucopyranosyl)-1,2-di-O-acylglycerol (beta-SQDG)(More)
The clinical, histopathologic, and electron microscopic features of guttate leukodermas are reviewed, including the hypomelanoses of the skin and hair observed in the tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). The hypopigmentation seen in patients with TSC is related primarily to a decrease in the function of epidermal and follicular melanocytes; the density of(More)
Seven monoclonal antibodies (Moabs), recognizing melanoma-associated antigens in human tissues, were evaluated for their ability to immunohistochemically stain formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded canine melanomas. Only 2 Moabs, designated human melanosome-specific antigen (HMSA)-1 and HMSA-5, stained routinely processed canine melanomas, staining 21/35 (60%)(More)
SUMMARY We previously reported acid-extracted natural antigenic peptide (F4.2 [YSWMDISCWI]) of a gastric signet ring cell carcinoma HST-2 cells, recognized by HLA-A*31012-restricted autologous cytotoxic T lymphocytes, TcHST-2 line. In this study, the full-length cDNA (1101 bp), termed c98, predicting a protein composed of 170 amino acids was obtained.(More)
The melanosome is a secretory organelle unique to the melanocyte and its neoplastic counterpart, malignant melanoma. The synthesis and assembly of these intracytoplasmic organelles is not yet fully understood. We have developed a murine monoclonal antibody (MoAb) against melanosomes isolated from human melanocytes (newborn foreskin) cultured in the presence(More)
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