Norio Komatsu

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UT-7 is a human leukemic cell line capable of growing in interleukin-3 (IL-3), granulocyte/macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), or erythropoietin (Epo) (Komatsu et al, Cancer Res 51:341, 1991). To study the effect of Epo on proliferation and differentiation of UT-7, we maintained the UT-7 cell culture for more than 6 months in the presence of Epo.(More)
Many transformed lymphoma cells show immune-phenotypes resembling the corresponding normal lymphocytes; thus, they provide a guide for proper diagnosis and present promising routes to improve their pathophysiologic understanding and to identify novel therapeutic targets. However, the underlying molecular mechanism(s) of these aberrant immune-phenotypes is(More)
The ST2 gene encodes receptor-like molecules that are very similar to the type I interleukin-1 receptor. Two distinct types of the ST2 gene products, ST2 (a soluble secreted form) and ST2L (a transmembrane form) are produced by alternative splicing. Here we demonstrate that the human ST2 gene has two alternative promoters followed by distinct noncoding(More)
A form of the human erythropoietin receptor (EPOR) was identified in which the cytoplasmic region is truncated by alternative splicing. The truncated form of the receptor (EPOR-T) is the most prevalent form of EPOR in early-stage erythroid progenitor cells, but the full-length EPOR (EPOR-F) becomes the most prevalent form in late-stage progenitors. EPOR-T(More)
PURPOSE To examine the brain damage of solvent abusers in Japan, where pure industrial toluene is frequently abused. METHODS Twenty solvent abusers 17 to 33 years of age with 7.2 +/- 4.0 years of abuse were examined with a 1.5-T MR imaging system. RESULTS White matter hyperintensities in cerebrum, brain stem, and cerebellum on T2-weighted images were(More)
BACKGROUND Human tissue kallikreins are a gene family (KLK1-KLK15) encoding for 15 secretory serine proteases (hK1-hK15). Two tissue kallikrein proteins, hK5 and hK7, were previously found in the stratum corneum (SC), stratum granulosum (SG) and appendages. hK8 was also shown to be secreted via lamellar granules and numerous KLK mRNAs were previously(More)
We have found that the antioxidant N-acetylcysteine (NAC) strongly inhibited ricin-induced apoptotic cell death in U937 cells (human myeloid leukemia), as judged by cytotoxicity, nuclear morphological change, and DNA fragmentation. Consistent with these observations, a significant depletion of cellular glutathione was observed in ricin-treated cells, and(More)
PURPOSE Extranodal NK/T-cell lymphoma, nasal type (ENKL) is closely associated with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). To elucidate its pathogenetic role, we examined the expression profiles of EBV-encoded proteins, especially focusing on latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Immunohistochemistry was carried out using clinical samples from ENKL(More)
Recurrent somatic mutations of calreticulin (CALR) have been identified in patients harboring myeloproliferative neoplasms; however, their role in tumorigenesis remains elusive. Here, we found that the expression of mutant but not wild-type CALR induces the thrombopoietin (TPO)-independent growth of UT-7/TPO cells. We demonstrated that c-MPL, the TPO(More)
UT-7 is a human megakaryoblastic leukemia cell line with absolute dependence on interleukin-3, granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), or erythropoietin (EPO) for growth and survival. We isolated a novel subline, UT-7/GM after long-term culture of UT-7 with GM-CSF. The hemoglobin concentration and gamma-globin and EPO-receptor mRNA levels(More)