Masashi Nakahama

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Decorin, a small dermatan sulphate proteoglycan, has been postulated to interact with other components of the extracellular matrix. We examined time-dependent changes of decorin in the infarct zone after experimentally induced myocardial infarction in rats by Northern blotting, in situ hybridization, and immunohistochemistry. The expression of decorin mRNA(More)
Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), a 36- to 38-kDa peptide, is selectively induced by transforming growth factor-beta and has been suggested to contribute to tissue repair. To test the hypothesis that CTGF is expressed in myocardial infarct tissue following acute myocardial infarction (AMI), we examined CTGF expression after AMI was experimentally(More)
BACKGROUND The effects of reperfusion on the time-dependent appearance and distribution of type I and III collagen messenger RNA (mRNA) expression had not hitherto been examined. OBJECTIVE To compare the sequential changes in the extent of distribution of type I and III collagen mRNA expression in reperfused infarct hearts of rats with those in(More)
Healing processes affect ventricular remodeling, an important prognostic factor in acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Type IV collagen, a major component of the basement membrane, has been demonstrated to appear in the infarct zone. Six type IV alpha chains, alpha 1 to alpha 6 [alpha 1(IV) to alpha 6(IV)], have been identified. We examined the expression of(More)
BACKGROUND The heat-shock protein with relative molecular mass 47,000 (HSP47) can bind to procollagen molecules in the endoplasmic reticulum, and acts as a molecular chaperone during the processing and secretion of procollagen. OBJECTIVE To test our hypothesis that HSP47 is expressed in the myocardial infarct zone. METHODS We induced myocardial(More)
Perlecan, a basal lamina proteoglycan, has been shown to interact with other extracellular matrix (ECM) components, especially type IV collagen, and is thus involved in ECM formation. Perlecan has also been postulated to promote growth factor-receptor interactions, including the binding of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) to its receptor, and to(More)
Chemosensors detect a single target molecule from among several molecules, but cannot differentiate targets from one another. In this study, we report a molecular decoding strategy in which a single host domain accommodates a class of molecules and distinguishes between them with a corresponding readout. We synthesized the decoding host by embedding(More)
Besides conventional approaches for regulating in-coming molecules for gas storage, separation, or molecular sensing, the control of molecular release from the pores is a prerequisite for extending the range of their application, such as drug delivery. Herein, we report the fabrication of a new porous coordination polymer (PCP)-based composite consisting of(More)
A total of 6 alpha chains [alpha 1 (IV) to alpha 6 (IV)] have been identified in type IV collagen. We examined the localization of these chains in the myocardium of patients with dilated (DCM) and hypertrophic (HCM) cardiomyopathy. The localization of alpha 1 (IV)-alpha 6 (IV) in biopsy specimens of 5 patients with DCM and 4 with HCM was examined using(More)
Collagen, as a component of the extracellular matrix, have a role in the healing process after myocardial infarction (MI). For type IV collagen, a major structural protein present in the basal membrane of myocytes, six alpha chains [alpha 1 (IV)-alpha 6(IV)] have been identified. We examined the sequential changes in the appearance and localization of the(More)