Satsuki Koike

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mRNAs for acetylcholine receptor genes are highly concentrated in the endplate region of adult skeletal muscle largely as a result of a transcription restricted to the subneural nuclei. To identify the regulatory elements involved, we employed a DNA injection of a plasmid containing a fragment of the acetylcholine receptor delta-subunit gene promoter(More)
Atopic dermatitis is characterized by increased skin innervation. The expression of neurotrophin-4 is enhanced in the epidermal keratinocytes of lesions with atopic dermatitis and may be related to hyperinnervation in these lesions. Prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) levels are increased in lesions with atopic dermatitis; thus, PGE(2) may be involved in the(More)
BACKGROUND The chemokine CCL27 attracts skin-homing T cells. CCL27 production by keratinocytes is dependent on nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB) activity and enhanced in lesions of patients with atopic dermatitis, psoriasis vulgaris, or allergic contact dermatitis. IL-17 is released from activated memory T cells and modulates skin inflammation. OBJECTIVE(More)
Stem cells in normal tissues and cancer-initiating cells (CICs) are known to be enriched in side population (SP) cells. However, the factors responsible for the regulation of expression of ABCG2, involved in efflux of dyes, in SP cells have not been fully investigated. Here, we characterized the SP cells within diffuse-type gastric carcinoma, and examined(More)
The retinas of macaque monkeys usually contain three types of photopigment, providing them with trichromatic color vision homologous to that of humans. However, we recently used molecular genetic analysis to identify several macaques with a dichromatic genotype. The affected X chromosome of these animals contains a hybrid gene of long-wavelength-sensitive(More)
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