Narumi Hirosawa

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Masticatory muscle tendon-aponeurosis hyperplasia (MMTAH) is a new disease associated with limited mouth opening that is often misdiagnosed as a temporomandibular disorder; subsequently, patients are mistakenly treated with irreversible operations. Due to the poor presentation and characterization of symptoms, the underlying pathological conditions remain(More)
CD1d-restricted invariant NKT (iNKT) cells play crucial roles in various types of immune responses, including autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases and tumor surveillance. The mechanisms underlying their adjuvant functions are well understood. Nevertheless, although IL-4 and IL-10 production characterize iNKT cells able to prevent or ameliorate some(More)
Di-(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) is a plasticizer and a ubiquitous environmental contaminant that may have adverse effects on human reproductive health. We examined the long-term exposure effects of DEHP on female rats and observed a strong effect on estrous cyclicity that produced a continuous diestrous stage. We found that the serum estradiol,(More)
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a monomer used in manufacturing a wide range of chemical products, including epoxy resins and polycarbonate. BPA, an important endocrine disrupting chemical that exerts estrogen-like activities, is detectable at nanomolar levels in human serum worldwide. The pregnancy associated doses of 17beta-estradiol (E2) plus tumor-necrosis(More)
Multifunctional nanomaterial-based probes have had key impacts on high-resolution and high-sensitivity bioimaging and therapeutics. Typically, NIR-absorbing metal sulfide-based nanocrystals (NCs) are highly assuring due to their unique optical properties. Yet, their in vivo behavior remains undetermined, which in turn undermines their potential(More)
In the fibrotic kidney, tubular epithelial cells express CCN2, formerly known as connective tissue growth factor. Because little is known about the transcriptional regulation of this profibrotic protein, this study investigated the mechanism underlying epithelial cell-selective upregulation of CCN2 in fibrosis. It was found that a previously unidentified(More)
The use of dendritic cells (DC) to prime tumor-associated antigen-specific T-cell responses provides a promising approach to cancer immunotherapy. Embryonic stem cells (ESC) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) can differentiate into functional DCs, thus providing an unlimited source of DCs. However, the previously established methods of generating(More)