Masaharu Tatsuta

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The calponin (basic or h1) gene, normally expressed in maturated smooth muscle cells, is aberrantly expressed in a variety of human soft tissue and bone tumors. In this study, we show that expression of the calponin gene in human soft tissue and bone tumor cells is regulated at the transcriptional level by the sequence between positions ؊260 and ؊219(More)
Two members of the S100 gene family, S100A6 and S100A4 have been suggested to be associated with cancer invasion and metastasis. To study their involvement in the malignancy of human colorectal adenocarcinoma, we examined the protein expression levels of S100A6 and S100A4 in the primary colorectal adenocarcinoma (T) and paired adjacent normal colorectal(More)
3-Hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhib-itors prevent the conversion of HMG-CoA to mevalonate and thereby inhibit the synthesis of other products derived from this metabolite. This includes a number of small prenylated GTPases involved in cell growth, motility, and invasion. We studied the effect of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors(More)
Electron paramagnetic resonance imaging (EPRI) enables noninvasive spatial mapping of free radical metabolism and has recently been shown to provide in vivo physiologic information regarding alterations in the redox state of tumors and neoplastic tissues. With the use of nitroxide spin probes, it has been shown that certain tumors possess a highly reduced(More)
The affects of L-thyroxine (T4) on the incidence and histology of gastric cancers induced by N-methyl-N'-nitro-N-nitrosoguanidine (MNNG), and on the labelling index of gastric mucosal epithelial cells were investigated in Wistar rats. After oral treatment with MNNG for 25 weeks, the rats received s.c. injections of T4 (0.2 microgram kg-1) in depot form(More)
Purpose. Histogenesis of synovial sarcoma remains controversial and reliable molecular markers for diagnosis are necessary. Expression of basic calponin, a smooth muscle differentiation-specific actin-binding protein, was studied in synovial sarcoma.Subjects and Methods. The basic calponin gene and the gene product were analyzed by reverse transcription PCR(More)
Ovariectomy at 1 month of age promotes development of hepatocellular adenomatous nodules in female C57BL/6 x DS-F1 mice treated neonatally with 3'-methyl-4-dimethylaminoazobenzene (3'-Me-DAB). Implantation of oestradiol-17 beta (E2) pellets at 1 month of age suppresses nodule development. Since E2 increases serum levels of prolactin, high serum levels of(More)
Treatment of female C57BL/6 x DS-F1 mice with 3'-methyl-4-dimethylaminoazobenzene (3'-Me-DAB) neonatally resulted in the development of adenomatous nodules and glucose-6-phosphatase (G-6-Pase) deficient foci at 8 and 6 months of age, respectively. Ovariectomy of these mice at 1 month of age hastened the development and increased the incidences of these(More)
Histamine has been implicated in the pathogenesis of gastroduodenal ulcers. Since mast cells contain a considerable amount of histamine as well as heparin and other biologically active substances, it seems reasonable to speculate that they are involved in this process. In fact, development of gastroduodenal ulcers was reported in dogs with mastocytoma, and(More)
The effect of verapamil on hepatocarcinogenesis induced by N-nitrosomorpholine (NNM) was investigated in male Sprague-Dawley rats. Rats were given drinking water containing NNM for 8 weeks and received i.p. injections of verapamil or vehicle every other day for 16 weeks from the start of the experiment. Pre-neoplastic and neoplastic lesions staining(More)