Masakazu Nagafuku

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Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) mediates lipopolysaccharide (LPS) signaling in a variety of cell types. MD-2 is associated with the extracellular domain of TLR4 and augments TLR4-dependent LPS responses in vitro. We show here that MD-2(-/-) mice do not respond to LPS, do survive endotoxic shock but are susceptible to Salmonella typhimurium infection. We found(More)
In resting T cells, Csk is constitutively localized in lipid rafts by virtue of interaction with a phosphorylated adaptor protein, Csk-binding protein (Cbp)/phosphoprotein associated with glycolipid-enriched microdomains, and sets an activation threshold in TCR signaling. In this study, we examined a kinase responsible for Cbp phosphorylation in T cell(More)
Lipid rafts are known to aggregate in response to various stimuli. By way of raft aggregation after stimulation, signaling molecules in rafts accumulate and interact so that the signal received at a given membrane receptor is amplified efficiently from the site of aggregation. To elucidate the process of lipid raft aggregation during T cell activation, we(More)
The ganglioside GM3 synthase (SAT-I), encoded by a single-copy gene, is a primary glycosyltransferase for the synthesis of complex gangliosides. In SAT-I null mice, hearing ability, assessed by brainstem auditory-evoked potentials (BAEP), was impaired at the onset of hearing and had been completely lost by 17 days after birth (P17), showing a deformity in(More)
SUMMARY BACKGROUND Insulin resistance is a characteristic feature of metabolic syndrome. Ganglioside GM3 [α-Neu5Ac-(2-3)-β-Gal-(1-4)-β-Glc-(1-1)-ceramide] may impair insulin sensitivity in adipose tissue. We investigated the relationship between serum GM3 levels and adiposity indices, as well as between serum GM3 levels and metabolic risk variables. (More)
Gangliosides are major components of highly organized membrane microdomains or rafts, yet little is known about the role of gangliosides in raft organization. This is also the case of gangliosides in TCR-mediated activation. Comprehensive structural analysis of gangliosides in the primary thymocytes and CD4+ T and CD8+ T cells was not achieved due to(More)
Initial events of T-cell activation involve movement of the T-cell receptor into lipid rafts. Gangliosides are major components of lipid rafts. While investigating T-cell activation in ganglioside-deficient mice, we observed that CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells required different ganglioside subsets for activation. Activation of CD4(+) T cells from GM3(More)
Lipid rafts are highly enriched in cholesterol and sphingolipids. In contrast to many reports that verify the importance of cholesterol among raft lipid components, studies that address the role of sphingolipids in raft organization and function are scarce. Here, we investigate the role of glycosphingolipids (GSLs) in raft structure and raft-mediated signal(More)
HER-2/neu oncogene products have been implicated as a potential target of T cell-mediated immune responses to HER-2/neu-induced tumors. Using HER-2/neu transgenic mice (oncomice), we investigated whether, and if so how, anti-HER-2/neu immune responses are induced and modulated in these oncomice from birth to tumor initiation. Female oncomice carrying the(More)
Natural killer (NK) cells participate in both innate and adaptive immunity through the prompt secretion of cytokines and ability to lyse virally infected cells or tumor cells. Although it has been well understood that lipid rafts (rafts) and a raft-associated linker for activation of T cells (LAT) plays a central role in TCR signal transduction, there are(More)