Madoka Sato

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Hypertrophic scars and keloids represent a dysregulated response to cutaneous wounds, which results in an excessive deposition of collagen. Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) is the key regulator in the pathogenesis of fibrosis. Accumulating evidence suggests that Wnt signalling and its effector beta-catenin also play an important role in wound(More)
Transforming growth factor beta has been implicated as a mediator of excessive extracellular matrix deposition in scar tissue and fibrosis, including systemic sclerosis. To further characterize the mechanism of collagen gene expression in systemic sclerosis and healthy skin fibroblasts, we examined the role of p38 MAPK signaling in collagen gene regulation(More)
Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) is a multifunctional growth factor that plays a critical role in tissue repair and fibrosis. Sphingolipid signaling has been shown to regulate a variety of cellular processes and has been implicated in collagen gene regulation. The present study was undertaken to determine whether endogenous sphingolipids are(More)
Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) is a serum-derived pleiotropic mediator with a potential role in wound repair. Since extracellular matrix (ECM) deposition is a critical part of wound healing, this study was designed to examine whether LPA is involved in ECM regulation. Using human dermal fibroblasts, we demonstrate that LPA counteracts transforming growth(More)
We report a case of necrolytic migratory erythema (NME) without glucagonoma associated with hepatitis B. Although the most common cause of NME is a glucagon-secreting alpha-islet cell tumor of the pancreas, a dermatitis clinically and histologicaly identical to NME has been described in patients without glucagonoma. Impairment of hepatic dysfunction has(More)
Splenic marginal zone macrophages expressing macrophage receptor with collagenous structure (MARCO) contribute to the clearance of blood-borne pathogens. We determined a splenic adherent cell fraction abundantly containing cells expressing a higher level of MARCO by flow cytometry, and examined the effects of daily administration of an anabolic dose of(More)
We report a case of ichthyosiform mycosis fungoides (MF) associated with IgA nephropathy. Histological examination showed a dense atypical lymphocytic infiltrate admixed with epithelioid cells and giant cells in the dermis associated with the features of epidermotropism and folliculotropism. Reported cases of ichthyosiform MF are reviewed and(More)
Symptom-limited cardiopulmonary exercise testing was performed in 37 patients with mitral stenosis (MS) without significant coronary artery stenosis to evaluate factors affecting ST depression in exercise electrocardiograms. The degree of ST depression was not associated with gender or exercise tolerance. The incidence of significant ST depression was(More)
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