Mari Wataya-Kaneda

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The aim of this study was to determine whether CD4(+) IL-17A(+) Th17 cells infiltrate vitiligo skin and to investigate whether the proinflammatory cytokines related to Th17 cell influence melanocyte enzymatic activity and cell fate. An immunohistochemical analysis showed Th17 cell infiltration in 21 of 23 vitiligo skin samples in addition to CD8(+) cells(More)
Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is an evolutionarily conserved serine/threonine kinase that is a member of the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)-related kinase (PIKK) family. mTOR forms two distinct complexes, mTORC1 and mTORC2. mTORC1 has emerged as a central regulator of cellular metabolism, cell proliferation, cellular differentiation, autophagy and(More)
Twenty-seven Japanese patients with the tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), consisting of 23 sporadic and 4 familial cases, were tested for mutations in the TSC1 and TSC2 genes, using single-strand conformational polymorphism analysis and direct sequencing. Four possible pathogenic mutations were found in the TSC1 gene, including three frame shifts and a(More)
Laminin binding protein precursor p40 (LBP-p40) was long believed to be located exclusively in the cytoplasm. We recently reported localization of epitope-tagged LBP-p40 to the nucleus tightly associated with nuclear structure as well as on ribosomes. In this paper, we analyze the interaction of LBP-p40 with DNA and nuclear proteins in vitro. LBP-p40 was(More)
For long-term gene expression in tissues, we constructed an Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) replicon-based plasmid, pEB, containing the latent viral DNA replication origin (oriP) and EBV nuclear antigen-1 (EBNA-1). When pEB was transferred to human cells (HeLa-S3, HEK 293 and FS 3) and rodent cells (BHK-21) using HVJ-cationic liposomes, luciferase expression was(More)
Fabry disease is an X-linked recessive inborn metabolic disorder caused by a deficiency of the lysosomal enzyme alpha-galactosidase A (EC The causative mutations are diverse, include both large rearrangements and single-base substitutions, and are dispersed throughout the 7 exons of the alpha-galactosidase A gene (GLA). Mutation hotspots for(More)
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is an autosomal dominant disorder with multi-system involvement and variable manifestations. There has been significant progress in TSC research and the development of technologies used to diagnose this disorder. As a result, individuals with mild TSC are now being diagnosed, including many older adults who have not(More)
IMPORTANCE The 2012 International Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Clinical Consensus Conference was convened to update the last consensus statement in 1998. Skin and dental lesions are common in tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) and are a frequent concern for patients. Recognition of these lesions is imperative for early diagnosis, given the treatment advances(More)
BACKGROUND The impairment that pruritic skin diseases have on patient productivity at work, in the classroom, and in daily activities is substantial and needs to be characterized. The objective of this study was to determine how pruritic skin diseases impact patient productivity and quality of life (QOL), in order to improve the measurement of these(More)