Motomu Manabe

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The differentiation of mammalian urothelium culminates in the formation of asymmetrical unit membrane (AUM). Using gradient centrifugation and detergent wash, we purified milligram quantities of AUMs which, interestingly, contained three major proteins (15, 27, and 47 kDa) that appeared to be identical to the three immunoaffinity purified, putatively(More)
The luminal surface of mammalian urothelium is covered with numerous plaques (also known as the asymmetric unit membrane or AUM) composed of semi-crystalline, hexagonal arrays of 12-nm protein particles. Despite the presumed importance of these plaques in stabilizing the urothelial surface during bladder distention, relatively little is known about their(More)
Although significant progress has recently been made in culturing mammalian urothelial cells, relatively little is known about their biochemical differentiation. In this paper, we assessed the differentiation state of cultured bovine urothelial cells by analyzing their keratins and a cell surface marker, uroplakin I. Urothelial cells were serially cultured(More)
PURPOSE The purposes of this study were to establish an experimental animal model with bone of low mineral density, and to then investigate the reaction of the bone-implant interface in these experimental animals. MATERIALS AND METHODS To prepare the experimental model, rabbits were ovariectomized and fed a 0.15% low-calcium diet. The bone mineral density(More)
PTEN is a tumor suppressor gene mutated in many human cancers. We used the Cre-loxP system to generate a keratinocyte-specific null mutation of Pten in mice (k5Pten(flox/flox) mice). k5Pten(flox/flox) mice exhibit wrinkled skin because of epidermal hyperplasia and hyperkeratosis and ruffled, shaggy, and curly hair. Histological examination revealed that(More)
BACKGROUND Although it is known that renal amyloidosis may complicate several dermatoses, recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB) complicated by nephropathy has been thought to be rare. We, however, had seen a young adult with RDEB who died of renal failure due to systemic amyloidosis. OBJECTIVE A retrospective study was performed in order to(More)
"Trichohyalin" is a 220-kD protein found in trichohyalin granules that are present as major differentiation products in the medulla and inner root sheath cells of human hair follicles. It was unclear whether this protein served as an intermediate filament precursor in the inner root sheath or as an intermediate-filament-associated (matrix) protein. We have(More)
We have previously shown that the expression of a major 64-Kda keratin (K3) in corneal epithelium is site-related. It is found suprabasally in limbal epithelium, but uniformly (basal cells included) in central corneal epithelium. In the present study, we used a panel of antibodies against various components of corneal epithelial basement membrane to(More)
The dorsal surfaces of mammalian tongues are covered with numerous projections known as filiform papillae whose morphology varies in different species. Using a panel of monoclonal antibodies to keratins as probes, we have established that, in both human and mouse, the interpapillary epithelia express mainly the "esophageal-type" keratins, while the(More)
Filaggrin is a histidine-rich, basic protein whose name was first proposed based on its ability to aggregate intermediate filaments in vitro. Based on this in vitro observation, it has generally been assumed that filaggrin functions in vivo as a matrix protein which causes keratin filaments to become densely packed in the terminally differentiated cornified(More)