Nobutoshi Maehara

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Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is involved in malignant behavior of cancers as a mediator in tumor-stromal interactions through enhancing tumor invasion and metastasis. We found recently that NK4, a four-kringle fragment of HGF, functions as both an HGF-antagonist and an angiogenesis inhibitor. We have now determined whether blockade of the HGF-c-Met/HGF(More)
Evidence for the existence of two molecular species of exfoliative toxin (ET) synthesized by Staphylococcus hyicus (SHET) under chromosomal and plasmid control is presented. Serological evidence that these molecular species of toxins are distinct from each other is given. The molecular weights of SHET from plasmidless strain P-1 (SHETA) and from(More)
We present here a new cell line, NOR-P1, established from a metastatic subcutaneous tumor of a patient with pancreatic cancer. The cells show rapid growth in culture with a doubling time of 16 h and high migration activity. Genetic and molecular analyses revealed high telomerase activity and a mutation in the K-ras oncogene. Of particular interest, the(More)
Staphylococcus hyicus was isolated from healthy pigs and pigs affected with exudative epidermitis (EE). Thirty seven strains (P-7 to P-43) were isolated from pigs affected with EE on 8 farms while 131 strains were isolated from healthy pigs bred on 2 farms in Japan. Isolation rate for pigs affected with EE was 100% while that for healthy pigs was 35.4%. The(More)
Because of the highly aggressive behaviour, i.e. invasive, disseminative and metastatic properties, the outcome for patients with pancreatic cancer is morbid. A better understanding and interference with the malignant behaviour of pancreatic cancer may provide new directions for treatment. We report here the induction of highly motile and invasive(More)
We cloned five new subtypes of cDNA encoding canine interferon-alpha (CaIFN-alpha) from a canine epithelial cell line. CaIFN-alphas were divided into two groups by amino acid sequences and a molecular phylogenic tree. Two subtypes of them were expressed in Escherichia coli, and IFN proteins were purified. Recombinant CaIFN-alphas were highly(More)
The p53 tumor suppressor gene plays an important role in DNA damage-induced apoptosis and, in general, inactivation of p53 contributes to poor response to chemotherapy. Apoptotic activity of p53 may be negatively modulated by expression of its downstream mediators, including Mdm2 and p21WAF1/CIP1. Consequently, these cellular pathways also represent(More)
A new serotype of Staphylococcus hyicus exfoliative toxin (SHET), serotype B, was isolated from the culture filtrate of a plasmid-carrying strain of S. hyicus. The new SHET was purified by precipitation with 70% saturated ammonium sulfate, gel filtration on a Sephadex G-75 column, column chromatography on DEAE-Cellulofine A-500, and sodium dodecyl(More)
Bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induces interferons with different properties in mouse macrophages and B lymphocytes. Macrophage interferon is labile at 56 degrees C and is neutralized by anti-mouse fibroblast interferon at a dilution of 1:6,142. B cell interferon is more heat stable and is neutralized by the same antiserum only at a dilution of 1:276.(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the recent clinical finding that high telomerase activity is an unfavorable prognostic marker for various human malignant tumors, there has been no experimental evidence supporting the link between telomerase and tumor aggressiveness. In the current investigation, the authors examined the relation between telomerase activity and potential(More)