Masayuki Tsukasaki

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Cdc42, a member of the Rho subfamily of small GTPases, is known to be a regulator of multiple cellular functions, including cytoskeletal organization, cell migration, proliferation, and apoptosis. However, its tissue-specific roles, especially in mammalian limb development, remain unclear. To investigate the physiological function of Cdc42 during limb(More)
Bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2) is a critical growth factor that directs osteoblast differentiation and bone formation. Phosphoinositide-phospholipase Cβ 1 (PLCβ1) plays a crucial role in the initiation of the genetic program responsible for muscle differentiation. Differentiation of C2C12 mouse myoblasts in response to insulin stimulation is(More)
The extracellular matrix protein nephronectin (Npnt), also called POEM, is considered to play critical roles as an adhesion molecule in development and functions of various tissues, such as the kidneys, liver, and bone. In the present study, we examined the molecular mechanism of Npnt gene expression and found that vitamin D3 (1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3,VD(More)
The selection of chromosomally abnormal gametes was investigated in the Chinese hamster by direct chromosome analysis of meiotic cells and one-cell embryos obtained from crossing heterozygotes for two reciprocal translocations, T(1;3)7Idr and T(1;3)8Idr. Expected frequencies of male and female gametes with different chromosome constitutions were estimated(More)
Osteoclasts are the exclusive bone-resorbing cells that have a central role in bone homeostasis as well as bone destruction in cancer and autoimmune disease. Both mouse and human genetic studies have clearly proven that receptor activator of NF-κB ligand (RANKL; encoded by the Tnfsf11 gene) and its receptor RANK are essential for osteoclastogenesis.(More)
A 59-year-old man was referred to our hospital with complaint of cough. On physical examination the patient was 159 cm tall and weighted 68 kg. Chest X-ray showed an infiltrative shadow in the left lower lung field. Bronchoscopic findings revealed a polypoid tumor with smooth surface, located at the lower part of the left main bronchus and occupying over(More)
POEM, also known as nephronectin, is an extracellular matrix protein considered to be a positive regulator of osteoblast differentiation. In the present study, we found that tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), a key regulator of bone matrix properties and composition that also inhibits terminal osteoblast differentiation, strongly inhibited POEM expression in(More)
Chromosome segregation and interchromosomal effects of reciprocal translocation at first meiotic division were investigated by chromosome analysis of meiotic cells from male Chinese hamsters heterozygous for two reciprocal translocations. We used six stocks heterozygous for two different translocations which were obtained by crosses between males and(More)
Nephronectin (Npnt) is an extracellular matrix protein known to be a ligand for the integrin α8β1. We previously demonstrated that Npnt expression was suppressed by TGF-β through ERK1/2 and JNK in osteoblasts. In this study, we found that inhibition of a TGF-β type I receptor (TGF-β R1, Alk5) by a specific inhibitor(More)
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