Satoshi Amano

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Plectin is a widely expressed high molecular weight protein that is involved in cytoskeleton-membrane attachment in epithelial cells, muscle, and other tissues. The human autosomal recessive disorder epidermolysis bullosa with muscular dystrophy (MD-EBS) shows epidermal blister formation at the level of the hemidesmosome and is associated with a myopathy of(More)
We conducted a taxonomic review of the genus Microbispora using chemotaxonomic and DNA-DNA hybridization techniques, and reached the following conclusions: Microbispora viridis should be transferred to the genus Actinomadura as Actinomadura rugatobispora comb. nov., nom. nov. (type strain SF2240 = IFO 14382 = JCM 3366) and Microbispora echinospora should be(More)
PURPOSE To examine the effect of donor age on the morphologic variation of cultured human corneal endothelial cells (HCEC). METHODS HCEC were obtained from the remaining corneoscleral rims of seven human corneas used for penetrating keratoplasty. The donor age ranged from 2 to 75 years. Primary cultures were established from explants of the endothelial(More)
UNLABELLED Iodine-123-alpha-methyl tyrosine has proven to be a promising SPECT agent for imaging amino acid uptake in tumors. We developed L-[3-(18)F]-alpha-methyl tyrosine (FMT) for PET studies. The aim of this study was to investigate its potential use as a tumor-detecting agent by using tumor-bearing mice. METHODS We investigated the biodistribution in(More)
Epithelial cells maintained in culture medium containing low calcium proteolytically process laminin 5 (alpha3beta3gamma2) within the alpha3 and gamma2 chains (). Experiments were designed to identify the enzyme(s) responsible for the laminin 5 processing and the sites of proteolytic cleavage. To characterize the nature of laminin 5 processing, we(More)
Proximal renal tubular acidosis associated with ocular abnormalities such as band keratopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts is caused by mutations in the Na(+)-HCO(3)(-) cotransporter (NBC-1). However, the mechanism by which NBC-1 inactivation leads to such ocular abnormalities remains to be elucidated. By immunological analysis of human and rat eyes, we(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether any association exists between apparent accommodation in pseudophakic eyes and multifocal corneal effects. DESIGN A prospective observational case series. PARTICIPANTS A total of 121 eyes of 98 patients who had undergone phacoemulsification and posterior chamber intraocular lens implantation were studied. METHODS The(More)
Aims/hypothesis. Monocytes and macrophages accumulate in the lesion of the diabetic retina, which are most likely involved in the progression of diabetic retinopathy. The levels of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) in vitreous fluids were associated with the severity of proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Recently, pigment epithelium-derived(More)
Histopathological investigation of the vascular changes in Kawasaki disease was carried out on thirty-seven autopsied Japanese patients. Arterial lesions could be classified into following five stages from the view point of morphogenesis of arteritis; 1) endothelial degeneration and increased vascular permeability, 2) edema and degeneration of the media, 3)(More)
A number of studies indicate that matrix metalloproteinase might be involved in photoaging, but little is known about their direct contribution to ultraviolet-induced histologic and morphologic changes in the skin in vivo. This study reports the relationship between changes of matrix metalloproteinase activities and ultraviolet B-induced skin changes in(More)