Masayo Maeda

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Phosphorylation of histone H3 at Ser-10 is required for maintenance of properchromosome dynamics during mitosis. AIM-1, a mammalian Ipl1/aurora kinase involved in H3 phosphorylation, is transcriptionally overexpressed in many tumor cell lines. Increased expression of the AIM-1 gene has been observed in human colorectal tumors of advanced grade and stage.(More)
Aurora kinases are known to play a key role in maintaining mitotic fidelity, and overexpression of aurora kinases has been noted in various tumors. Overexpression of aurora kinase activity is thought to promote cancer development through a loss of centrosome or chromosome number integrity. Here we observed augmentation of G12V-mutated HRAS-induced(More)
Cadherin cell–cell adhesion proteins play an important role in modulating the behavior of tumor cells. E-cadherin serves as a suppressor of tumor cell invasion, and when tumor cells turn on the expression of a non-epithelial cadherin, they often express less E-cadherin, enhancing the tumorigenic phenotype of the cells. Here, we show that when A431 cells are(More)
BACKGROUND Cancer gene therapy is now being developing to provide new strategies for the treatment of human tumors. Cationic lipids represent one of the powerful mediators for DNA delivery. The liposome-plasmid DNA complex itself is known to inhibit tumor cell growth, but other effects on cancer cell behaviors have not been reported so far. MATERIALS AND(More)
Rho family GTPases play an important role in a number of processes related to metastasis, and RhoGDP dissociation, inhibitors (RhoGDIs) regulate Rho family proteins. We cloned genomic DNA from colon carcinoma SW480 cells capable of transforming nonmetastatic ras-transformed 1-1ras1000 cells into metastatic cells. This DNA contained a truncated human ras(More)
Rho guanine nucleotide dissociation inhibitors (RhoGDIs) regulate the activity of Rho family GTPases. RhoGDIβ (LyGDI/GDID4/RhoGDI2) has two caspase cleavage sites after Asp19 and Asp55. The resulting cleavage products, ΔN(1–19)RhoGDIβ and ΔN(1–55)RhoGDIβ, are expressed in cells under conditions that activate caspases. ΔN(1–19)RhoGDIβ, which can inhibit GDP(More)
Lapachol [2-hydroxy-3-(3-methyl-2-butenyl)-1,4-naphthoquinone] is a vitamin K antagonist with antitumor activity. The effect of lapachol on the experimental metastasis of murine B16BL6 melanoma cells was examined. A single oral administration of a high toxic dose of lapachol (80-100 mg/kg) 6 h before iv injection of tumor cells drastically promoted(More)
The modifying effect of dietary administration of a diterpenoid furanolactone columbin isolated from the crude drug Calumbae Radix (the root of Jateorhiza columba MIERS, Menispermacea) on azoxymethane (AOM)-induced was investigated in male F344 rats. Animals were initiated with AOM (three weekly subcutaneous injections of 15 mg/kg body weight) to induce(More)
Rho-guanine nucleotide dissociation inhibitor-beta (RhoGDIbeta), a regulator for Rho GTPases, is implicated in cancer cell progression. We reported that C-terminal truncated RhoGDIbeta (DeltaC(166-201)-RhoGDIbeta) promoted metastasis through activating Rac1 signaling pathway in ras-transformed fibroblast cells. To better understand the mechanism of Rac1(More)
Rho GDP-dissociation inhibitors (RhoGDIs) are regulators of Rho family GTPases. RhoGDIβ has been implicated in cancer progression, but its precise role remains unclear. We determined the subcellular localization of RhoGDIβ and examined the effects of its overexpression and RNAi knockdown in cancer cells.(More)