Sei-ich Tanuma

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Alveolar epithelial cell death plays a crucial role in the progression of acute lung injury. We have demonstrated up-regulation of Fas expression on alveolar epithelial cells, and soluble Fas ligand secretion from inflammatory cells upon acute lung injury. Here we show that the lipopolysaccharide-stimulated human monocyte cell line THP-1 releases Fas(More)
After stimulation with anti-CD3 antibody in vitro, CD57(+) T cells showed a greater susceptibility to apoptosis than CD57(-)alphabetaT cell receptor (TCR)(+) T cells (regular alphabeta T cells). The apoptotic fraction of CD57(+) T cells showed an increased production of active caspase-3. An increase in both Fas expression and Fas-ligand (FasL) production(More)
Telomerase, the enzyme that synthesizes telomeric DNA, is repressed in normal human somatic cells but is activated with in vitro immortalization or during tumorigenesis. In this study, we investigated telomerase activity and expression of genes involved in telomerase activity in human myeloblastic leukemia ML-1 cells, differentiated synergistically by(More)
DNase gamma, which cleaves chromosomal DNA into nucleosomal units (DNA ladder formation), has been suggested to be the critical component of apoptotic machinery. Using rat pheochromocytoma PC12 cells, which are differentiated to sympathetic neurons by nerve growth factor (NGF), we investigated whether DNase gamma-like enzyme is present in neuronal cells and(More)
Nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) has been considered as a good target for the treatment of many diseases. Although a lot of NF-kappaB inhibitors have already been reported, many of them have several common problems. Thus, we attempted to identify novel NF-kappaB inhibitors to be unique lead compounds for creating new pharmaceuticals. In the present study,(More)
Apoptosis is a mechanism for eliminating unwanted cells from the cell community of multicellular organisms. Abnormalities in the regulation of apoptosis may play a part in the aetiology of cancer, autoimmune diseases, AIDS, degenerative nerve diseases and malformation. On of the hallmarks of apoptosis is the enzymatic cleavage of genomic DNA into(More)
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