Megumi Maeda

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To analyze the possibility that immunological alteration in asbestos-related diseases (ARDs) such as asbestosis (ASB) and malignant mesothelioma (MM) may affect the progression of cancers, a human adult T cell leukemia virus-immortalized T cell line (MT-2Org) was continuously exposed to 10 mug/ml of chrysotile-B (CB), an asbestos. After at least 8 months of(More)
Free oligosaccharides (FOSs) in the cytosol of eukaryotic cells are mainly generated during endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-associated degradation (ERAD) of misfolded glycoproteins. We analyzed FOS of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans to elucidate its detailed degradation pathway. The major FOSs were high mannose-type ones bearing 3-9 Man residues. About 94%(More)
We analyzed structural features of N-glycans linked to glycoproteins expressed in various seaweeds to identify new sources of biologically-important N-glycans or N-glycopeptides. Structural analysis of the N-glycans of glycopeptides prepared from pepsin digests of 15 species of seaweed revealed that only high-mannose type N-glycans occur in seaweed(More)
Silicosis patients (SILs) and patients who have been exposed to asbestos develop not only respiratory diseases but also certain immunological disorders. In particular, SIL sometimes complicates autoimmune diseases such as systemic scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis (known as Caplan syndrome), and systemic lupus erythematoses. In addition, malignant(More)
BACKGROUND Against increasing environmental adverse effects on human health such as those associated with water and ground pollution, as well as out- and indoor air conditions, trials were conducted to support and promote human health by improving the indoor air atmosphere. This study was performed to estimate the effect of negatively-charged air conditions(More)
Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) is a lipid mediator that displays important immunomodulatory properties, such as polarization of cytokine production by T cells. Recent investigations have revealed that the effect of PGE2 on cytokine production is greatly influenced by external stimuli; however, it is unclear whether PGE2 plays a significant role in major(More)
In our previous study (Y. Kimura et al., Biosci. Biotechnol. Biochem., 69, 137-144 (2005)), we found that plant complex type N-glycans harboring Lewis a epitope are linked to the mountain cedar pollen allergen Jun a 1. Jun a 1 is a glycoprotein highly homologous with Japanese cedar pollen glycoallergen, Cry j 1. Although it has been found that some plant(More)
We have determined the structures of N-glycans linked to major allergens in the mountain cedar (Juniperus ashei) pollen, Jun a 1. First, two kinds of the pollen glycoallergen (Jun a 1-A and Jun a 1-B) were purified from partially purified Jun a 1 by cation exchange chromatography. The N-glycans were liberated by hydrazinolysis from the two glycoallergens(More)
Endo-β-N-acetylglucosaminidase (ENGase) is involved in the production of high-mannose type free N-glycans during plant development and fruit maturation. In a previous study (K. Nakamura et al. Biosci. Biotechnol. Biochem., 73, 461-464 (2009)), we identified the tomato ENGase gene and found that gene expression remained relatively constant. In the present(More)
A Japanese cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa) pollen allergen, Cha o 1, is one of the major allergens that cause allergic pollinosis in Japan. Although it has been found that Cha o 1 is glycosylated and that the amino acid sequence is highly homologous with that of Japanese cedar pollen allergen (Cry j 1), the structure of N-glycans linked to Cha o 1 remains to(More)