Noriyuki Kurita

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BACKGROUND Human bikunin, a Kunitz-type trypsin inhibitor, inhibits inflammation by down-regulating the expression of proinflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) in tumor cells and inflammatory cells. OBJECTIVES We analyzed the effect of a soybean-derived Kunitz trypsin inhibitor (KTI) on TNF-alpha production in human(More)
BACKGROUND Cytokines are produced as a consequence of photo-damaged DNA and oxidative stress in ultraviolet (UV)-exposed keratinocytes. A soybean Kunitz trypsin inhibitor (KTI) down-regulates the expression of proinflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) in tumor cells and inflammatory cells. AIM The effect of KTI on TNF-alpha(More)
BACKGROUND Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is the primary mediator of gram-negative sepsis; it induces the production of macrophage-derived cytokines. It has been shown that bikunin, a Kunitz-type protease inhibitor, inhibits LPS-induced cytokine expression. METHODS To explore the role of bikunin, bikunin knockout (Bik(-/-)) mice were used for in vitro cytokine(More)
Bikunin, a Kunitz-type protease inhibitor, exhibits anti-inflammatory activity in protection against cancer and inflammation. To investigate the molecular mechanism of this inhibition, we analyzed the effect of bikunin on tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) production in human peripheral mononuclear cells stimulated by lipopolysaccharide (LPS), an(More)
Purpose: The Basidiomycete fungus Agaricus blazei Murill has traditionally been used as a health food for the prevention of cancer. Methods: We examined whether beta-(1–6)-D-glucan extracted from A. blazei is a potential anticancer agent in an in vitro and in vivo animal model. Results: Here we show that (1) beta-glucan had cytotoxic effect against human(More)
OBJECTIVE Endometriosis, a common disease among women of reproductive age, is characterized by the presence of endometrial-like tissue outside the uterus. TNF-alpha induces IL-8 production in endometriotic cells through nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) activation. Thalidomide (Thal) inhibits inflammation by down-regulating the expression of proinflammatory(More)
Previously, we showed that bikunin, a Kunitz-type protease inhibitor, inhibits invasion and metastasis in several types of cancer cells possibly through suppression of upregulation of urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) expression. Bikunin corresponds to a light chain of the inter-alpha inhibitor. To explore critical role of endogenous bikunin, we(More)
We provided evidence previously that bikunin, a Kunitz-type protease inhibitor, can disrupt dimerization of CD44 proteins, which may result in suppression of receptor-mediated MAP kinase signaling. However, to what extent dimerization may alter ligand-induced signaling has not been documented. Given the recent recognition that some growth factor receptors(More)
In this paper we applied the "macromolecular docking" procedure to perform molecular modeling with the aim of screening transcription factor sequences for possible interaction to the HIV-1 TAR-RNA, employing the software Hex version 4.2. The molecular modeling data were compared with electrophoretic mobility shift assays (EMSA) and surface plasmon resonance(More)
Thalidomide has been used to treat a variety of diseases ranging from alleviation of autoimmune disorders to prevention of metastasis of cancers. It has been shown previously that increased levels of urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR) correlate well with higher invasive phenotype. We examined whether thalidomide is able to suppress the(More)