Masakatsu Tamechika

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Mice deficient in lymphotoxin beta receptor (LTbetaR) or interleukin 7 receptor alpha (IL-7Ralpha) lack Peyer's patches (PPs). Deficiency in CXC chemokine receptor 5 (CXCR5) also severely affects the development of PPs. A molecular network involving these three signaling pathways has been implicated in PP organogenesis, but it remains unclear how they are(More)
We investigated the regeneration of rat thymus after sublethal X irradiation (6 Gy). The number of thymocytes was much lower on day 3 after irradiation, and many apoptotic cells were observed. However, by day 5, there had been a rapid proliferation of thymocytes. Since cytokines are considered to be important regulatory factors in postirradiation recovery,(More)
Hyperlipidemia is a risk factor for abnormal cerebrovascular events. Rafts are cholesterol-enriched membrane microdomains that influence signal transduction. We previously showed that Rho-kinase-mediated Ca(2+) sensitization of vascular smooth muscle (VSM) induced by sphingosylphosphorylcholine (SPC) has a pivotal role in cerebral vasospasm. The goals of(More)
To analyze the mechanisms responsible for thymocyte proliferation, maturation and migration in the thymus, the rat thymus just after, and recovering from irradiation was studied morphologically. The vascular structures of the rat thymus after a radiation dose of 6 Gy were found to be destroyed on day 3, but had recovered to almost normal by day 7,(More)
The present study analyzed morphological and immunohistochemical changes of thymic epithelial cells in the irradiated and recovering rat thymus. Observations showed the number of thymocytes was initially severely reduced after irradiation but abruptly increased on days 3 to 5 after 6 Gy and on days 7 to 11 after 8 Gy irradiation. To analyse the mechanisms(More)
Division of Materials Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Yamaguchi University, Tokiwadai, Ube, Yamaguchi 755-8611, Japan Division of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Yamaguchi University, Yoshida, Yamaguchi 753-8512, Japan 2 Department of Organ Anatomy, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine,(More)
To understand the roles of thymic stromal cells in T-lymphocyte development, we semiquantitatively analysed rat thymi recovering from irradiation (6 Gy), using a transmission electron microscope. The most striking findings were that the percentage of subcapsular epithelial cells significantly increased in the cortex on day 3 after irradiation compared with(More)
The distribution of rat bile-canalicular surface antigen (HAM-4 antigen) and cytoskeletal elements (microtubules, actin filaments, and cytokeratin filaments) was examined during the reformation of bile-canalicular structures (BC-structures) in primary cultures of dissociated hepatocytes obtained following collagenase perfusion. HAM-4 antigen, which(More)
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