Mamoru Hasegawa

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Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) have been generated from somatic cells by introducing reprogramming factors. Integration of foreign genes into the host genome is a technical hurdle for the clinical application. Here, we show that Sendai virus (SeV), an RNA virus and carries no risk of altering host genome, is an efficient solution for generating safe(More)
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) represent a unique opportunity for regenerative medicine because they offer the prospect of generating unlimited quantities of cells for autologous transplantation, with potential application in treatments for a broad range of disorders. However, the use of human iPSCs in the context of genetically inherited(More)
After the first report of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), considerable efforts have been made to develop more efficient methods for generating iPSCs without foreign gene insertions. Here we show that Sendai virus vector, an RNA virus vector that carries no risk of integrating into the host genome, is a practical solution for the efficient generation(More)
Tomohisa Seki,1,7 Shinsuke Yuasa,1,2,7 Mayumi Oda,2 Toru Egashira,1 Kojiro Yae,1 Dai Kusumoto,1 Hikari Nakata,1 Shugo Tohyama,1 Hisayuki Hashimoto,1 Masaki Kodaira,1 Yohei Okada,2,3 Hiroyuki Seimiya,4 Noemi Fusaki,5,6 Mamoru Hasegawa,5 and Keiichi Fukuda1,* 1Department of Cardiology 2Center for Integrated Medical Research 3Department of Physiology Keio(More)
Recent studies suggest the possible therapeutic effect of intramuscular vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) gene transfer in individuals with critical limb ischemia. Little information, however, is available regarding (1) the required expression level of VEGF for therapeutic effect, (2) the related expression of endogenous angiogenic factors,(More)
Emerging evidence indicates that the tight communication between vascular endothelial cells and mural cells using platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-BB is essential for capillary stabilization during the angiogenic process. However, little is known about the related regulator that determines PDGF-BB expression. Using murine models of therapeutic(More)
Excessive production of airway mucus is a cardinal feature of bronchial asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and contributes to morbidity and mortality in these diseases. IL-13, a Th2-type cytokine, is a central mediator in the pathogenesis of bronchial asthma, including mucus overproduction. Using a genome-wide search for genes induced(More)
Recently, encouraging AIDS vaccine trials in macaques have implicated cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) in the control of the simian human immunodeficiency virus SHIV89.6P that induces acute CD4(+) T cell depletion. However, none of these vaccine regimens have been successful in the containment of replication of the pathogenic simian immunodeficiency viruses(More)
PURPOSE Sendai virus (SeV), a murine parainfluenza virus type I, replicates independent of cellular genome and directs high-level gene expressions when used as a viral vector. We constructed a nontransmissible recombinant SeV vector by deleting the matrix (M) and fusion (F) genes from its genome (SeV/DeltaMDeltaF) to enhance its safety. We also estimated(More)
A new recombinant Sendai virus vector (SeV/DeltaM), in which the gene encoding matrix (M) protein was deleted, was recovered from cDNA and propagated in a packaging cell line expressing M protein by using a Cre/loxP induction system. The titer of SeV/DeltaM carrying the enhanced green fluorescent protein gene in place of the M gene was 7 x 10(7) cell(More)