Masamitsu Ishii

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The extracellular matrix (ECM) was long thought to be merely a structural tissue support and/or a filter. However, recent studies have suggested that ECM proteins regulate many intracellular and extracellular events, including cell growth, cell adhesion, cell division, cell movement, and apoptosis. They do so through activation of several families of cell(More)
Hochu-ekki-to is a traditional herbal (Kampo) medicine that has been shown to be effective for patients with Kikyo (delicate, easily fatigable, or hypersensitive) constitution. Previous case reports have suggested that this herbal drug was effective for a certain subgroup of patients with atopic dermatitis (AD). We aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety(More)
For many years, extracellular matrix (ECM) was considered to function as a tissue support and filler. However, we now know that ECM proteins control many cellular events through their interaction with cell-surface receptors and cytoplasmic signaling pathways. For example, they regulate cell proliferation, cell division, cell adhesion, cell migration, and(More)
BACKGROUND Laugier-Hunziker (LH) syndrome is a rare benign condition in which hyperpigmentation of the lips and buccal mucosa occurs with no systemic associations. OBJECTIVE We report the response to treatment with the Q-switched alexandrite laser (QSAL) because there are few reports on therapy for LH syndrome. METHODS The QSAL was used for pigmentation(More)
Stimulation of human neutrophils with tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF), granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), or granulocyte CSF (G-CSF) resulted in decreased fluorescence intensity of FITC-phalloidin (actin depolymerization) and morphological changes. Cytokine-induced actin depolymerization was dependent on the concentration of(More)
Epidermal cells adhere to the basement membrane zone through cell-matrix junctions termed hemidesmosomes. During wound healing, hemidesmosomes are disassembled to allow keratinocytes to move over wound sites. Such movement is mediated by both hemidesmosome protein complexes (HPCs) and focal contacts (FCs). In this study, we analyzed the interaction between(More)
BACKGROUND Piebaldism is an autosomal dominantly inherited disorder characterized by congenital leukoderma, typically on the forehead, abdomen, and knees. The leukoderma is usually stable throughout life. KIT mutations have been demonstrated in about 75% of patients with piebaldism. OBJECTIVES To identify KIT mutations of the family with piebaldism and(More)
Many people suffer from intractable bedsores, which sometimes develop because of chronic metabolic failure in patients. An extract of the root of Lithospermun erythrorhison (SK) has been reported to have an effect on wound healing. However, the effects of SK have not been studied in chronic wounds, such as bedsores. The healing-impaired diabetic (db/db)(More)
Transgenic mouse lines expressing the active form Akt gene under the control of the damage-induced neuronal endopeptidase (DINE) promoter were made from three different founder mice, and its neuroprotective potential against ischemic brain damage was investigated. Twenty-four hours after middle cerebral artery occlusion, two DINE-Akt-transgenic mouse lines(More)
Abdominal lymphangioma is a rare tumor in adults. The most common location is the mesentery, but this tumor occasionally develops in the pancreas. We report a case of pancreatic lymphangioma associated with blue rubber-bleb nevus syndrome (BRBNS) in a Japanese woman. The pancreatic lymphangioma spread extensively throughout the retroperitoneum without(More)