Masahiro Asada

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Metastasis is a major cause of death in cancer patients and involves a multistep process including detachment of cancer cells from a primary cancer, invasion of surrounding tissue, spread through circulation, re-invasion and proliferation in distant organs. KiSS-1 is a human metastasis suppressor gene, that suppresses metastases of human melanomas and(More)
Only a few RFamide peptides have been identified in mammals, although they have been abundantly found in invertebrates. Here we report the identification of a human gene that encodes at least three RFamide-related peptides, hRFRP-1-3. Cells transfected with a seven-transmembrane-domain receptor, OT7T022, specifically respond to synthetic hRFRP-1 and hRFRP-3(More)
To investigate genetic diversity among populations of the sika deer, Cervus nippon, nucleotide sequences (705-824 bases) of the mitochondrial D-loop regions were determined in animals from 13 localities in the Japanese islands. Phylogenetic trees constructed by the sequences indicated that the Japanese sika deer is separated into two distinct lineages: the(More)
p21(Cip1/WAF1) inhibits cell-cycle progression by binding to G1 cyclin/CDK complexes and proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) through its N- and C-terminal domains, respectively. The cell-cycle inhibitory activity of p21(Cip1/WAF1) is correlated with its nuclear localization. Here, we report a novel cytoplasmic localization of p21(Cip1/WAF1) in(More)
Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) 21, a structural relative of FGF23 that regulates phosphate homeostasis, is a regulator of insulin-independent glucose transport in adipocytes and plays a role in the regulation of body weight. It also regulates ketogenesis and adaptive responses to starvation. We report that in a reconstituted receptor activation assay system(More)
To determine the role of the Wilms' tumor gene WT1 in tumorigenesis of solid tumors, expression of the WT1 gene was examined in 34 solid tumor cell lines (four gastric cancer cell lines, five colon cancer cell lines, 15 lung cancer cell lines, four breast cancer cell lines, one germ cell tumor cell line, two ovarian cancer cell lines, one uterine cancer(More)
A 42-year-old male visited our hospital for a routine brain examination, which incidentally identified an intraventricular mass lesion (2.7 x 1.6 x 1.2 cm3). Magnetic resonance imaging showed the tumor was isointense on the T1-weighted image and hyperintense on the T2-weighted and proton images. The intraventricular tumor was totally extirpated through the(More)
We quantified the mRNA expression of all 22 fibroblast growth factor family members (FGF) and their four receptors (FGFR) in adult mouse full-thickness skin at various stages of the hair growth cycle. We found that in addition to mRNA encoding FGF previously identified in skin (FGF1, 2, 5, 7, 10, 13, and 22), FGF18 mRNA was also strongly expressed.(More)
Using the polymerase chain reaction followed by single-strand conformation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) analysis and direct nucleotide sequence determination, the p53 gene was analyzed in six fresh leukemia samples from which cell lines with p53 mutations were established. Mutations of the p53 gene which were identical to those in the cell lines were observed in(More)
The aim of the study was to examine the effects of a mucolytic drug, carbocisteine, on rhinovirus (RV) infection in the airways. Human tracheal epithelial cells were infected with a major-group RV, RV14. RV14 infection increased virus titres and the cytokine content of supernatants. Carbocisteine reduced supernatant virus titres, the amount of RV14 RNA in(More)