Riako Masuda

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The epidermal growth factor (EGF) and EGF receptor (EGFR) families play important roles in the hyperplastic growth of several tissues as well as tumor growth. Since synovial hyperplasia in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) resembles a tumor, involvement of the EGF/EGFR families in RA pathology has been implied. Although several reports have suggested that ErbB2 is(More)
The aim of this study was to explore the molecular profile of proliferating rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts (RA-SF). Total RNA was extracted from two cultures of RA-SF (low-density [LD] proliferating cells and high-density [HD] nonproliferating cells) and suppression subtractive hybridization was performed to compare differential gene expression(More)
Osteoclasts differentiate from hematopoietic precursors of the monocyte/macrophage lineage to mononuclear preosteoclasts and multinuclear mature osteoclasts. In the present study, we report on the establishment of macrophage-like cell lines from mouse bone marrow by coculturing bone marrow cells with mouse chondrocytes. Isolated clones (MLC-6 and MLC-7(More)
Bullous pemphigoid is an inflammatory subepidermal blistering skin disease associated with an IgG autoimmune response to the type XVII collagen. The immunopathologic features of bullous pemphigoid can be reproduced in mice by the passive transfer of anti-type XVII collagen antibodies. In this model, it is thought that blister formation depends upon(More)
Induction of cytochrome P-450s by 3-methylcholanthrene (MC) and phenobarbital (PB) and distribution of P-450s in the rat liver nuclear envelope were investigated by biochemical analyses and ferritin immunoelectron microscopy using specific antibodies against the major molecular species of MC- and PB-induced cytochrome P-450. It was found, in agreement with(More)
Ultrastructural aspects of hypertrophic chondrocytes in hamster and mouse epiphysial cartilage were examined in relation to their metabolic activities. With the hypertrophic change, cytoplasmic vacuolization proceeded leaving the partially intact endoplasmic reticulum (ER). In the hypertrophic cells, cytoplasmic hyaluronan was stained with the biotinylated(More)
Morphologically macrophage-like cells were cloned from hamster bone marrow cells by coculturing bone marrow cells with hamster chondrocytes. One of the clones (CCP-2) was characterized in the present study. CCP-2 cells were positive in an osteoclast marker enzyme, tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and non-specific(More)
We have established tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) double-positive cell lines (CCP-2, CCP-7, CCP-8) from hamster bone marrow. Accumulation of mineral deposits was observed on the dishes when the clones were cultured in McCoy's 5A medium supplemented with 20% fetal calf serum. The materials were dissolved in 0.05 N(More)
The complement system plays an important role in defense mechanisms by promoting the adherence of microorganisms to phagocytic cells and lysis of foreign organisms. Deficiencies of the first complement components, C1r/C1s, often cause systemic lupus erythema-tosus-like syndromes and severe pyogenic infections. Up to now no genetic analysis of the C1r/C1s(More)