Satsuki Kitano

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IL-7 is a cytokine crucial for development and maintenance of lymphocytes and other hematopoietic cells. However, how IL-7-expressing cells are distributed in lymphoid organs is not well known. To address this question, we established and analyzed IL-7-GFP knock-in mice. Thymic epithelial cells (TECs) expressed high GFP levels in the cortex and medulla, as(More)
Interleukin (IL)-7 is a cytokine essential for T lymphocyte development and homeostasis. However, little is known about the roles of IL-7 receptor α-chain (IL-7Rα) in late stages of T-cell development. To address this question, we established IL-7Rα-floxed mice and crossed them with CD4-Cre transgenic mice. Resultant IL-7R conditional knockout (IL-7RcKO)(More)
To understand colon cancer metastasis, we earlier analyzed a mouse model that developed liver metastasis of cancer cells disseminated from the spleen. We suggested that CCR1+ bone marrow (BM)-derived cells are recruited to the microenvironment of disseminated colon cancer cells, and produce metalloproteinases MMP9 and MMP2, helping metastatic colonization.(More)
Reporters of Cre and/or Flp activity are important for defining the spatial and temporal extent of Cre/Flp-mediated recombination. Here, we describe R26-CAG-LF-mTFP1, a multifunctional fluorescent reporter mouse that strongly expresses mTFP1 (bright teal fluorescent protein) after Cre- and Flp-mediated recombination. To meet the need for single(More)
The liver contains a variety of resident immune cells, such as NK cells, NKT cells, T cells, macrophages, and dendritic cells. However, little is known about how IL-7, which is produced by hepatocytes, functions locally in development and maintenance of liver immune cells. To address this question, we established IL-7-floxed mice and crossed them with(More)
The IL-7R plays critical roles in lymphocyte development and homeostasis. Although IL-7R expression is strictly regulated during lymphocyte differentiation and the immune response, little is known regarding its in vivo regulation. To address this issue, we established a mouse line with targeted deletion of the conserved non-coding sequence 1 (CNS1) element(More)
IL-15 is a cytokine critical for development, maintenance, and response of T cells, natural killer (NK) cells, NK T cells, and dendritic cells. However, the identity and distribution of IL-15-expressing cells in lymphoid organs are not well understood. To address these questions, we established and analyzed IL-15-CFP knock-in mice. We found that IL-15 was(More)
The effect of proteolytic enzymes on sexual agglutinability of haploid cells of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae was examined. Sexual agglutinability of cells of both a and alpha types was lost on treatment with alkaline protease and two kinds of neutral proteases of Bacillus subtilis, pronase and alpha-chymotrypsin. Agglutinability of alpha type cells(More)
The epigenetic status of germ cells changes dynamically during development. In this study, we analyzed the dynamics of histone H3 lysine 9 dimethylation (H3K9me2), a highly conserved mark of epigenetic silencing, and the expression of two lysine methyltransferases, G9a/Ehmt2/KMT1C and GLP/Ehmt1/KMT1D, in murine male embryonic germ cells after sex(More)
Temporally precise inhibition of genetically defined cell populations in intact nervous systems has been enabled by the microbial halorhodopsin NpHR, a fast, light-activated chloride pump. Here, we report the generation of new mouse strains that express eNpHR2-EYFP fusion proteins after Cre- and/or Flp-mediated recombination to silence neural activity in(More)