Noriyuki Matsuo

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BACKGROUND Twist, a transcription factor of the basic helix-loop-helix class, is reported to regulate cancer metastasis. It is known to induce epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). In this study, we evaluated the expression of twist and its effect on cell migration in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS We examined twist expression using(More)
Des-gamma-carboxyl prothrombin (DCP) is a well recognized tumor marker for hepatocellular carcinoma. Previously, we have demonstrated that DCP stimulates cell proliferation in hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines through Met-Janus kinase 1 signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 signaling pathway. In the present study, we demonstrated that DCP(More)
Using GGCX gene-specific real-time PCR, exon 2 deletion splice variant of vitamin K-dependent gamma-glutamyl carboxylase (GGCX) mRNA was identified in HCC cell lines. Expressions of wild type and exon 2 deletion variant of GGCX were analyzed with relevance to DCP production in HCC cell lines. Hep3B, HepG2, HuH1, HuH7, and PLC/PRF/5 produced DCP, while(More)
Parkinson's disease is characterized by selective loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra. However, its associated cell death mechanism remains unknown. 1-Methyl-4-phenil-pyridinium (MPP+) and 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) cause dopaminergic neuronal cell death. Both are widely used to model PD. We investigated the role of a(More)
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