Masanori Matsumoto

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A chief Ca(2+) entry pathway in immune cells is store-operated Ca(2+) (SOC) influx, which is triggered by depletion of Ca(2+) from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). However, its physiological role in B cells remains elusive. Here, we show that ER calcium sensors STIM1- and STIM2-induced SOC influx is critical for B cell regulatory function. B cell-specific(More)
Although the chromosomal localization (9q34) of the gene encoding the human form of ADAMTS13 (a disintegrin-like and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin type-1 motifs 13) and its exclusive expression in the liver have been established, the cells that produce this enzyme are yet to be determined. We investigated the expression of ADAMTS13 mRNA and protein(More)
Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is characterized by microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, and renal impairment. Approximately 10% of cases are classified as atypical due to the absence of Shiga toxin-producing bacteria as a trigger. Uncontrolled activation of the complement system plays a role in the pathogenesis of atypical HUS (aHUS).(More)
Activated T cells migrate from the blood into nonlymphoid tissues through a multistep process that involves cell rolling, arrest, and transmigration. P-Selectin glycoprotein ligand-1 (PSGL-1) is a major ligand for P-selectin expressed on subsets of activated T cells such as Th1 cells and mediates cell rolling on vascular endothelium. Rolling cells are(More)
BACKGROUND ADAMTS13 specifically cleaves unusually large von Willebrand factor (VWF) multimers, which induce platelet thrombi formation under high shear stress. ADAMTS13 activity is deficient in patients with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). The determination of plasma levels of ADAMTS13 activity is a prerequisite for a differential diagnosis of(More)
To clarify the pathogenic processes of thrombotic microangiopathies (TMAs) in patients with connective tissue disease (CTD), we analysed clinical characteristics and plasma ADAMTS13 levels in 127 patients with CTD-TMAs, including patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), systemic sclerosis, polymyositis/dermatomyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis(More)
A 68-year-old Japanese woman infected with influenza A developed thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) 2 days after having a fever. Routine laboratory tests on admission suggested a diagnosis of disseminated intravascular coagulation. However, ADAMTS13 assays showed an extremely low level of plasma ADAMTS13 activity with a high titer of anti-ADAMTS13(More)
E-selectin, an inducible cell adhesion molecule expressed on endothelial cells, mediates the rolling on endothelium of leukocytes expressing E-selectin ligands, such as neutrophils and activated T cells. Although previous studies using mice lacking P-selectin glycoprotein ligand-1 (PSGL-1) have indicated that PSGL-1 on Th1 cells functions as an E-selectin(More)
ADAMTS-13 was recently identified as a new hemostatic factor, von Willebrand factor (VWF)-cleaving protease. Either congenital or acquired defects of the enzymatic activity lead to thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). ADAMTS-13 specifically cleaves a peptidyl bond between Y1605 and M1606 in the A2 domain of VWF. Here, we determined the minimal region(More)
von Willebrand factor (VWF) is synthesized primarily in vascular endothelial cells and secreted into the plasma as unusually large VWF multimers. Normally, these multimers are quickly degraded into smaller forms by a plasma metalloproteinase, VWF-cleaving protease (VWF-CP). Decreases in the activity of this enzyme result in congenital and acquired(More)