Rika Sugimoto

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BACKGROUND Many fibroblast growth factor family proteins (FGFs) bind to the heparan sulfate/heparin (HP) subtypes of sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), and a few have recently been reported to also interact with chondroitin sulfate (CS), another sulfated GAG subtype. METHODS To gain additional insight into this interaction, we prepared all currently(More)
The small GTPase Arf6 is a member of the Arf (ADP-ribosylation factor) family. Although the function of Arf6 has been heavily studied at the cellular level, its physiological function at the whole animal level is largely unknown. In this study, we examined both the tissue distribution and developmental timing of Arf6 expression in wild type mice to obtain(More)
Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is markedly upregulated by sodium arsenite and previous studies implicated the transcriptional enhancers Nrf2 and AP-1 in arsenite-induced ho-1 gene expression in murine cells. To further evaluate the role of Nrf2 and its signalling pathway in the induction of HO-1 in response to low levels of arsenite, this paper studied wild-type(More)
The lipid kinase phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate 5-kinase (PIP5K) produces a versatile signaling phospholipid, phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate. Three PIP5K isozymes, PIP5K1A, PIP5K1B, and PIP5K1C, have been identified in mammals so far. Although the functions of these three PIP5K isozymes have been extensively studied in vitro, the in vivo(More)
Adiponectin, an adipocyte-derived hormone, has been involved in metabolic syndrome, a known risk factor for the development of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Recent studies have demonstrated that plasma adiponectin levels are elevated when kidney function declines in patients with CKD. Excessive mesangial cell (MC) turnover is one of the important features(More)
9,10-Phenanthraquinone (PQ), a major quinone contained in diesel exhaust particles and atmospheric PM(2.5), undergoes one-electron reduction by flavin enzymes such as NADPH-cytochrome P450 reductase, leading to production of reactive oxygen species in vitro. We have detected an ESR signal for superoxide (O(2)(-)) and hydroxyl radicals ((.)OH) by the spin(More)
Peroxiredoxin I (Prx I) is a key cytoplasmic peroxidase that reduces intracellular hydroperoxides in concert with thioredoxin. To study the role of tissue Prx I in protection from oxidative stress, we generated Prx I-/- mice by gene trapping. We then evaluated the acute-phase tissue damage caused by ferric-nitrilotriacetate (Fe-NTA). Increases in serum(More)
Deficiency in the signal adaptor protein sequestosome 1 (SQSTM1/A170/p62) in mice is associated with mature-onset obesity, accompanied by insulin and leptin resistance. We previously established that redox sensitive transcription factor Nrf2 up-regulates SQSTM1 expression in response to atherogenic stimuli or laminar shear stress in vascular cells, and here(More)
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