Mariko Wakai

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The mitogenic and interleukin 2 (IL 2) production-inducing effects of toxic shock syndrome toxin-1 (TSST-1) on murine lymphocytes were investigated. TSST-1, an exotoxin produced by Staphylococcus aureus recovered from patients with toxic shock syndrome (TSS), is thought to be a causative agent of the syndrome. TSST-1 was mitogenic for splenic T cells and(More)
Protective effects of vaccination of hamsters against Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection, evaluated according to the recovery of mycoplasmas and histopathological changes in the respiratory tract after challenge infection, persisted for at least 6 months after the final vaccination. Serum antibody levels reached a maximum in the second week after the last(More)
Biliary atresia (BA) is a rare and serious liver disease in newborn infants. Previously, we reported that non-parenchymal cell (NPC) fractions from cirrhotic liver of BA may contain hepatic stem/progenitor cells in primary culture of NPC fractions. In this study, NPC fractions were subjected to primary or passage culture and found that clusters of(More)
Takayoshi Tokiwa1*, Mariko Wakai, Taisuke Yamazaki and Shin Enosawa2 1Department of Liver Cell Biology, Kohno Clinical Medicine Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan 2Division of Advanced Medical Sciences, National Center for Child Health and Development, Tokyo, Japan *Address for Correspondence: Takayoshi Tokiwa, Department of Liver Cell Biology, Kohno Clinical(More)
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