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Skin fibrotic disorders are understood to develop under the influence of some growth factors, such as transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta), basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), or connective tissue growth factor (CTGF). To establish an appropriate animal model of skin fibrosis by exogenous application of growth factors, we investigated the in vivo(More)
To detect DNA aneuploidy in Bowen's disease, we investigated DNA flow cytometric analysis. Single cell suspensions were prepared from 18 fresh samples histopathologically diagnosed as solitary Bowen's disease and analyzed by DNA flow cytometry. In 16 (89%) of 18 lesions, DNA aneuploidy was demonstrated with a single aneuploid peak. DNA indices ranged from(More)
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disorder characterized by epidermal hyperproliferation. Although recent evidence suggests that T cell activation is a primary trigger for psoriasis lesions, there may be alterations in the keratinocyte growth regulatory pathways which induce epidermal hyperproliferation in psoriatic patients. To test this hypothesis, we(More)
Current understanding of mammalian circadian rhythms suggests that they are regulated by light targeting signaling pathways in the hypothalamic suprachiasmatic nuclei. Recently, investigators have identified the existence of extraretinal photoreceptors and a potential role for the skin in this regulatory process has been implied. We demonstrated that mRNA(More)
Hapten sensitization through UV-exposed skin induces systemic immune suppression, which is experimentally demonstrated by inhibition of contact hypersensitivity (CHS). Although this UV-induced effect has been shown to be mediated by inhibition of the afferent phase of the CHS, the UV effects on the efferent (elicitation) phase remain unknown. In this study,(More)
Skin fibrotic disorders such as systemic sclerosis (SSc) are characterized by an excessive production of extracellular matrix (ECM) and understood to develop under the influence of certain growth factors. Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is a cysteine-rich mitogenic peptide that is implicated in various fibrotic disorders and induced in fibroblasts(More)
Retinol is known to be effective in the treatment of sallowness, wrinkling, red blotchiness and hyperpigmented spots in aging skin. In this study, we have evaluated the anti-wrinkle effects of a new cosmetic containing retinol. An open study was performed in 30 healthy Japanese women who had wrinkles at the corners of the eyes. The tested lotion, Retin-OX+(More)
To establish an appropriate animal model of skin fibrosis by exogenous application of growth factors, we investigated the in vivo effects of transforming growth factor-beta by injection into subcutaneous tissue of newborn mice. Histological examination revealed that TGF-beta1, beta2, and beta3 induced granulation tissue formation after 3 days of injection,(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the distribution of anti-aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase (anti-ARS) antibodies among patients with autoimmune diseases, and to analyze the clinical features of patients with dermatomyositis (DM) with anti-ARS antibodies. METHODS Serum samples from 315 patients with autoimmune diseases or related disorders who had visited Kanazawa(More)