Satoko Matsukawa

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Immunostimulatory CpG oligodeoxynucleotide (CpG-ODN) sequences are known to directly activate B cells. We investigated the expression of the CpG receptor, Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9), in human tonsil B cells, and determined functional responses following stimulation by a well-characterized stimulatory CpG-containing ODN sequence in the human immune system,(More)
Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is an acute febrile disease with multiple organ involvement caused by massive and rapid release of cytokines induced by staphylococcal exotoxins. However, the precise cytokine profile is still undefined in clinical cases. We measured serum cytokine concentrations in a patient who developed TSS after a caesarean section.(More)
BACKGROUND To evaluate cartilage degeneration in arthritis, we developed a novel enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) with the capacity to determine urinary concentrations of type II collagen neoepitope (CIINE) generated by collagenase cleavage. METHODS Two monoclonal antibodies, 20A10 and 6G4, were generated. Of these antibodies, 20A10 recognized(More)
With the aim of obtaining information on the process of iodination of thyroglobulin, the properties and subcellular distribution of thyroglobulin labeled with radioiodine, 3H-tyrosine, or 3H-galactose were studied. The following results were obtained for 17-19S thyroglobulin isolated from rat thyroid lobes labeled in vitro. (a) The effect of sodium dodecyl(More)
The distribution of endogenous peroxidase and hydrogen-peroxide-producing NAD(P)H-oxidase, which are essential enzymes for the iodination of thyroglobulin, was cytochemically determined in the thyroid follicular cells of propylthiouracil (PTU)-treated rats. Peroxidase activity was determined using the diaminobenzidine technique. The presence of(More)
NAD(P)H-oxidase activity was demonstrated in glutaraldehyde-fixed rat hepatocytes by a cerium technique. The activity was observed exclusively on the bile-canalicular plasma membrane of hepatocyte. No reaction product was formed in the absence of NAD(P)H as the substrate. The reaction was inhibited by pCMB (surface sulfhydryl group specific reagent), by(More)