Ryu-ichiro Hata

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Extracellular matrix (ECM) components regulate stem-cell behavior, although the exact effects elicited in embryonic stem (ES) cells are poorly understood. We previously developed a simple, defined, serum-free culture medium that contains leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) for propagating pluripotent mouse embryonic stem (mES) cells in the absence of feeder(More)
A major limitation in developing applications for the use of human embryonic stem cells (HESCs) is our lack of knowledge of their responses to specific cues that control self-renewal, differentiation, and lineage selection. HESCs are most commonly maintained on inactivated mouse embryonic fibroblast feeders in medium supplemented with FCS, or proprietary(More)
The extracellular pH (pHe) of tumor tissues is often acidic, which can induce the expression of several proteins. We previously showed that production of matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) was induced by culturing cells at acidic pHe (5.4-6.5). Here we have investigated the signal transduction pathway by which acidic pHe induces MMP-9 expression. We found(More)
In order to investigate the effect of ascorbic acid (AsA) and ascorbic acid 2-phosphate (Asc 2-P), a long-acting vitamin C derivative, on the growth and differentiation of human osteoblast-like cells, we supplemented the culture medium of MG-63 cells with various concentrations (0.25 to 1 mM) of these factors. Asc 2-P significantly stimulated nascent cell(More)
Collagen has been reported to be essential for the proliferation of various kinds of cells including human osteoblastic cells [Takamizawa, S., Maehata, Y., Imai, K., Senoo, H., Sato, S., Hata, R., 2004. Effects of ascorbic acid and ascorbic acid 2-phosphate, a long-acting vitamin C derivative, on the proliferation and differentiation of human(More)
In order to find a suppressor(s) of tumor progression in vivo for oral carcinoma (OC), we searched for molecules down-regulated in OC cells when the cells were treated with epidermal growth factor (EGF), whose receptor is frequently over-activated in OC. The expression of BRAK, which is also known as CXC chemokine ligand14 (CXCL14), was down-regulated(More)
SCID mice are a model of human severe combined immunodeficiency disease and are deficient in B cell function in addition to T cell function. Tumors from other species are easily transplanted into SCID mice and will grow without being rejected. We previously reported that the chemokine BRAK/CXCL14 is expressed in normal cells but its expression is down(More)
Acidic extracellular pH is a common feature of tumor tissues. We have reported that culturing cells at acidic pH (5.4-6.5) induced matrix metalloproteinase-9 expression through phospholipase D, extracellular signal regulated kinase 1/2 and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinases and nuclear factor-kappaB. Here, we show that acidic extracellular pH signaling(More)
Clinical efficacy of gefitinib (ZD1839, Iressa), which is an inhibitor specific for epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor tyrosine kinase, has been shown in non-small-cell lung carcinoma patients with EGF receptor mutations, so these mutations are useful marker(s) to find a responder for the drug. Recent studies have shown that the EGF receptor gene(More)
We reported previously that the forced expression of the chemokine BRAK/CXCL14 in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cells decreased the rate of tumor formation and size of tumor xenografts in athymic nude mice and SCID mice. In order to clarify the expression of BRAK/CXCL14 affected either the settlement of carcinoma cells in host tissues in vivo or(More)