Mikinori Kuwabara

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PURPOSE Tardigrades are known to survive high doses of ionizing radiation. However, there have been no reports about radiation effects in tardigrades under culture conditions. In this study, we investigated tolerance of the tardigrade, Milnesium tardigradum, against gamma-rays and heavy ions by determining short-term or long-term survival, and reproductive(More)
To clarify the apoptotic and survival signal transduction pathways in activated vascular endothelial cells exposed to oxidative stress, the effects of inhibitors of signal transduction on hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2))-induced apoptosis in bovine aortic vascular endothelial cells (BAEC) were examined. Treatment of BAEC with 1 mM H(2)O(2) caused increases of(More)
The mechanism of apoptosis induced by 2-chloro-2'-deoxyadenosine (2CdA) in human leukemia cell line MOLT-4 was investigated. 2CdA induced increases of 3'-OH ends of genomic DNA, ladder-like DNA fragmentation and phosphatidylserine translocation to the outer membrane, which are apoptotic characteristics. These apoptotic phenomena induced by 2CdA were(More)
The spin trap alpha-phenyl-N-tert-butylnitron (PBN) is widely used for studies of the biological effects of free radicals. We previously reported the protective effects of PBN against ischemia-reperfusion injury in gerbil hippocampus by its activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) and suppression of both stress-activated protein kinase and(More)
The objective of this study was to assess the postsurgical bladder function by urodynamic study in patients with cervical cancer treated with nerve-sparing radical hysterectomy. A total of 27 consecutive patients were included in the study. Of the 27 patients, autonomic nerves had been completely preserved at least on one side in 22 patients (group A), and(More)
Stimulation of bovine polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMN) with serum-opsonized zymosan (sOZ) induced the activation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), protein kinase C (PKC) and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3-K) and sOZ-induced O(2)(-) production was significantly attenuated by their inhibitors (SB203580 for p38 MAPK, GF109203X for PKC and(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the angiogenic profile of human esophageal carcinomas. The expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) was examined in 6 esophageal carcinoma cell lines and 119 human esophageal carcinoma tissues by Northern blot analysis and immunohistochemistry, respectively. Immunohistochemistry using antibodies(More)
PURPOSE The relationship between post-irradiation treatment with Trolox, an antioxidant that inhibits lipid peroxidation, and X-ray-induced apoptosis, with regard to signal transduction pathways, was examined in MOLT-4, a human leukaemia cell line. MATERIALS AND METHODS In MOLT-4 cells treated with Trolox after X-irradiation, viability, DNA fragmentation,(More)
Acute-phase serum proteins were induced by administrating a chicken with turpentine oil. One of these proteins was a new protein that appeared in front of albumin in polyacrylamide disc gel electrophoresis using a 4.5-16% gel. To purify this protein, turpentine-administrated chicken serum was fractionated by ammonium sulfate precipitation at 50% saturation,(More)
Superoxide production by NADPH oxidase is essential for the bactericidal properties of phagocytes. Phosphorylation of p47(phox), one of the cytosolic components of NADPH oxidase, is a crucial step of the oxidase activation. Some evidences suggest that phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) is involved in p47(phox) phosphorylation, but it has not been fully(More)