Masayuki Tomita

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Phagocyte (neutrophil and monocyte) function was evaluated in a boy with glycogen storage disease type Ib. Neutrophils were found to be defective in motility and respiratory burst and monocytes showed a defect in respiratory burst but not in motility. These results suggested that the glucose-6-phosphate transport system plays a role in the function of(More)
The slit diaphragm connecting the adjacent foot processes of glomerular epithelial cells (podocytes) is the final barrier of the glomerular capillary wall and serves to prevent proteinuria. Podocytes are understood to be terminally differentiated cells and share some common features with neurons. Neurexin is a presynaptic adhesion molecule that plays a role(More)
BACKGROUND We have previously reported that CD4 T lymphocytes and their cytokines contribute to development of Thy 1.1 glomerulonephritis (GN). FK506 is reported to suppress the production of Th1 cytokines. The aims of this study were to elucidate the role of Th1 cytokines on mesangial alteration and to examine whether FK506 is available for therapy of(More)
Our recent study suggests that there is a reciprocal mechanism to maintain cGMP content, via both a decrease in cGMP degradation (decrease in cGMP-phosphodiesterase activity) and an increase in synthesis of cGMP (increase in guanylate cyclase activity) in the kidney of cyclosporin A-treated rats. We undertook this study to clarify the role of(More)
CD59 is a 18-20-kDa membrane glycoprotein that inhibits formation of the membrane attack complex of complement (C) on homologous cells. In the present study we analyzed the expression and function of CD59 on human endothelial cells. Immunohistochemical analysis of renal cortex demonstrated a predominant expression of CD59 on peritubular capillary(More)
Intestinal fibrosis is a common and severe complication of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), especially Crohn’s disease (CD). To investigate the therapeutic approach to intestinal fibrosis, we have developed a mouse model of intestinal fibrosis by administering dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) and examining the effects of irsogladine maleate (IM)(More)
Mesangial matrix expansion is caused by the overproduction and/or the impaired proteolytic degradation of the extracellular matrix. However, the relative contribution of these changes to the development of prolonged mesangial matrix expansion is still poorly understood. We aimed to elucidate the relative role of the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)/tissue(More)
BACKGROUND At present, there are few available animal models of progressive renal failure originating from mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis (GN). In the current study, we examined the usefulness of anti-Thy-1 monoclonal antibody (mAb) 1-22-3-induced GN in uninephrectomized rats as a model of progressive renal failure by analysing the similarities(More)
The glomerular visceral epithelial cell (podocyte) is characterized as a specialized structure of the interdigitating foot processes, covering the outer side of the glomerular basement membrane (GBM). The neighboring foot processes are connected by a slit diaphragm, which is a key structure regulating the barrier function of the glomerular capillary wall to(More)
Although calcineurin (CN) is distributed in many cell types and functions in regulating cell functions, the precise roles ofCNremained in each type of the cells are not well understood yet. ACNinhibitor (CNI) has been used for steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome. ACNIis assumed to ameliorate proteinuria by preventing the overproduction of T-cell cytokines.(More)