Mao Nakamura

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Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is thought to contribute to host defense reactions against various stresses. In addition, recent reports have suggested that HO-1 modulates immunocyte activation and functions. HO-1 suppresses mast cell degranulation, but whether HO-1 suppresses cytokine synthesis as well is not yet known. We examined whether rat HO-1 cDNA(More)
The oxidation mechanism of Trolox C (a vitamin E analogue) by peroxidases was examined by stopped flow and ESR techniques. The results revealed that during the oxidation of Trolox C, peroxidase Compound II was the catalytic intermediate. The rate constants for the reaction of Compound II with Trolox C, which should be the rate-determining step, were(More)
The organization of lipids in sarcoplasmic reticulum membrane was studied with a variety of stearic spin labels and a phosphatidylcholine spin label. The ESR spectra of the spin-labeled membranes consisted of two components, one due to labels in lipid bilayer structure and the other due to more immobilized labels. The relative intensity of the immobilized(More)
Oxygen radical generation in the xanthine- and NADH-oxygen reductase reactions by xanthine oxidase, was demonstrated using the ESR spin trap 5,5'-dimethyl-1- pyrroline-N-oxide. No xanthine-dependent oxygen radical formation was observed when allopurinol-treated xanthine oxidase was used. The significant superoxide generation in the NADH-oxygen reductase(More)
Direct reactions of peroxidases with Trolox C (a vitamin E analogue) and vitamin E were observed in 50% (v/v) methanol. The kinetic results revealed that the reaction of horseradish peroxidase intermediate Compound II with Trolox C and vitamin E was the rate-determining step, and the rate constants were estimated to be 1.7 x 10(3) and 5.1 x 10(2) M-1.s-1,(More)
Using ESR, a weak signal identified as the ascorbate free radical was observed in fresh cow's milk. The signal was unchanged after storage at 5 degrees C for 24 h but disappeared after storage at 25 degrees C. A marked increase in the steady-state ascorbate radical concentration was observed with the addition of H2O2 or xanthine; the increase was abolished(More)
CD271 (p75 neurotrophin receptor) plays both positive and negative roles in cancer development, depending on the cell type. We previously reported that CD271 is a marker for tumor initiation and is correlated with a poor prognosis in human hypopharyngeal cancer (HPC). To clarify the role of CD271 in HPC, we established HPC cell lines and knocked down the(More)
Semaphorins and their receptors are abnormally expressed in various cancers, but little is known about the expression and function of semaphorin 3E (SEMA3E) and its receptor, plexin D1 (PLXND1), in gastric cancer development or metastasis. We evaluated SEMA3E and PLXND1 expression by quantitative RT-PCR in gastric tissues from 62 patients who underwent(More)
Cholangiocarcinoma is an aggressive malignant tumor originating from intrahepatic or extrahepatic bile ducts. Its malignant phenotypes may be assumed by cancer stem cells (CSC). Here, we demonstrate that CD274 (PD-L1), known as an immunomodulatory ligand, has suppressive effects on CSC-related phenotypes of cholangiocarcinoma. Using two human(More)