Satoshi Takeshita

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We had previously identified the cDNA for a novel protein called osteoblast-specific factor 2 (OSF-2) from an MC3T3-E1 cDNA library using subtraction hybridization and differential screening techniques. Here we describe the localization, regulation, and potential function of this protein. Immunohistochemistry using specific antiserum revealed that in adult(More)
A cDNA library prepared from the mouse osteoblastic cell line MC3T3-E1 was screened for the presence of specifically expressed genes by employing a combined subtraction hybridization/differential screening approach. A cDNA was identified and sequenced which encodes a protein designated osteoblast-specific factor 2 (OSF-2) comprising 811 amino acids. OSF-2(More)
Five senescence-prone series of mice (P-1, P-2, P-3, P-4 and P-5) and three senescence-resistant series (R-1, R-2 and R-3) were obtained by continuous sister-brother breeding from five original litters of AKR mice with severe deterioration, and the three original litters of AKR mice with normal aging, respectively. A grading score system was adopted to(More)
Three types of alpha-complementation plasmid vectors were constructed which contain a chloramphenicol- or kanamycin-resistance (CmR or KmR) gene and polylinker cloning sites within the coding region of lacZ'. These vectors are essentially based on high- or low-copy-number replicons. The low-copy-number vectors, 3.61 kb in size, confer CmR and contain the(More)
Osteoclasts are thought to belong to a macrophage lineage. However, the nature of common precursors of osteoclasts and macrophages remains to be investigated. We have characterized the differentiation potential of mouse bone marrow macrophages into mature osteoclasts. Monocyte macrophage-colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF) stimulated the proliferation of bone(More)
Osteoclast progenitors differentiate into mature osteoclasts in the presence of receptor activator of NF-kappaB (RANK) ligand on stromal or osteoblastic cells and monocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF). The soluble RANK ligand induces the same differentiation in vitro without stromal cells. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), a potent(More)
Osteoblasts are derived originally from pluripotent mesenchymal stem cells on migration into the bone matrix. To elucidate the contribution of classical cadherins in this differentiation pathway, we developed a new protocol for their analysis and studied their specific expressions in various cell lines of the mesenchymal lineage, including osteoblasts.(More)
Hemodynamic forces have profound effects on vasculature. Laminar shear stress upregulates superoxide dismutase (SOD) expression in endothelial cells. SOD converts superoxide anion to H(2)O(2), which, however, promotes atherosclerosis. Therefore, defense against H(2)O(2) may be crucial in reducing oxidative stress. Since glutathione peroxidase (GPx-1)(More)
Efonidipine, a derivative of dihydropyridine Ca(2+) antagonist, is known to block both L- and T-type Ca(2+) channels. It remains to be clarified, however, whether efonidipine affects other voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channel subtypes such as N-, P/Q- and R-types, and whether the optical isomers of efonidipine have different selectivities in blocking these(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have suggested that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) may have synergistic effects on the induction of angiogenesis in vitro. Therefore, we investigated the hypothesis that the simultaneous administration of VEGF and bFGF, each having been previously shown to independently enhance(More)