Madoka Ozawa

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In lymphocytes, the kinase Mst1 is required for the proper organization of integrins in the plasma membrane at the leading edge of migrating cells, which is critical for lymphocyte trafficking. We found a functional link between the small G protein Rab13 and Mst1 in lymphocyte adhesion and migration. In response to stimulation of T lymphocytes with(More)
Mammalian ste-20 like kinase Mst1 plays important roles during apoptosis, proliferation, cell polarity, and migration. Here, we report a novel role of Mst1 for cytotoxic T-cell responses and tumor suppression. The defect of Mst1 caused decreased levels of FoxO, and promoted cytotoxicity in vitro. Mst1(-/-) cytotoxic T cells also exhibited enhanced T-bet(More)
Recent studies have illustrated multiple differentiation potentials of embryonic stem cells (ESCs), derived from parthenogenetic embryos, to various kinds of cells (all three embryonic germ layers). However, differentiation diversity of the parthenogenetic ESCs (PgESCs) in vivo remains to be elucidated. In the present study, we established mouse PgESC-lines(More)
We constructed five mutated cDNAs encoding human interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) derivatives lacking 19-23 COOH-terminal residues and expressed them in Escherichia coli. All the derivatives were purified to homogeneity. They showed substantially the same order of antiviral activity in vitro as the intact molecule, and behaved as a dimer. The far- and near-UV(More)
Regulation of thymocyte trafficking plays an important role during thymic selection, but our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying these processes is limited. In this study, we demonstrated that class III semaphorin E (sema3e), a guidance molecule during neural and vascular development, directly inhibited Rap1 activation and LFA-1-dependent(More)
Lymphadenopathy is a frequently observed symptom in systemic lupus erythematosus, although the immunological role of lymph nodes (LNs) in systemic autoimmunity remains largely unknown. Here, we performed comprehensive and systematic analyses of LNs in lupus-prone NZB × NZW F1 (BWF1) mice, demonstrating extensive tissue reorganization of the systemic LNs(More)
Antigen-specific adhesion between T cells and antigen-presenting cells (APC) during the formation of the immunological synapse (IS) is mediated by LFA-1 and ICAM-1. Here, LFA-1-ICAM-1 interactions were measured at the single-molecule level on supported lipid bilayers. High-affinity binding was detected at low frequencies in the inner peripheral(More)
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