Shintaro Kamei

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OBJECT In this study the authors' aim was to assess whether fibrin matrix could act as an injectable, valuable scaffold in bone marrow stromal cell (BMSC) transplantation for injured CNS tissue. METHODS Both clotting time and 3D structure of fibrin matrix were analyzed with various concentrations of fibrinogen and CaCl(2). The BMSCs were harvested from(More)
Recent basic experiments have strongly suggested that cell transplantation therapy may promote functional recovery in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). However, a safe and efficient transplantation technique still remains undetermined. This study, therefore, was aimed to clarify whether fibrin matrix could be a useful scaffold in bone marrow stromal(More)
Dystrophin mRNA expressed in peripheral lymphocytes of individuals with X-linked Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) has been used as a source material for mutation analysis. Here we present the first report of failure of isolation of nonsense dystrophin mRNA in lymphocytes but success in skeletal muscle in a female carrier of DMD. The mutation responsible(More)
The very rapid clearance of human recombinant tissue factor pathway inhibitor (h-rTFPI) may result from its binding to vascular proteogly can and LDL receptor-related protein (LRP). To investigate the effect of factor Xa on the clearance of h-rTFPI, we developed a specific ELISA for h-rTFPI/factor Xa complex, and compared the pharmacokinetic parameters of(More)
Rhesus monkey cDNA for tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI) was cloned by means of the reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, using liver mRNA, and its nucleotide sequence was determined by sequencing five independent clones. Monkey TFPI was found to have a signal peptide of 28 amino acid residues and to be a mature protein of 276 amino acid(More)
BACKGROUND We have recently found that a hormonally active form of vitamin D, 1alpha,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3) [1,25(OH)(2)D(3)], exerts anticoagulant effects by upregulating the expression of an anticoagulant glycoprotein, thrombomodulin (TM), and downregulating the expression of a critical coagulation factor, tissue factor (TF), in monocytic cells(More)
Human tissue factor pathway inhibitor-2 (TFPI-2) is a matrix-associated Kunitz inhibitor that inhibits the plasmin- and trypsin-mediated activation of zymogen matrix metalloproteinases involved in tumor progression, invasion, and metastasis. To directly assess its role in tumor growth and metastasis in vivo, we stably transfected HT-1080 fibrosarcoma cells(More)
Tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI) is a multivalent Kunitz-type protease inhibitor that primarily inhibits the extrinsic pathway of blood coagulation. It is synthesized by various cells and its expression level increases in inflammatory environments. Mast cells and neutrophils accumulate at sites of inflammation and vascular disease where they release(More)
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) preparations are reportedly effective in inhibiting the relapse of multiple sclerosis (MS), but few reports have investigated the effect of IVIg on dendritic cells (DCs), which are thought to be involved in such relapses. In the system that uses monokines to differentiate DCs from peripheral blood monocytes (Mo-DCs), we(More)
The present study aimed to examine if immunization with laminin causes myositis in rats and whether the pathologic findings mirror human polymyositis and dermatomyositis. Rats were immunized with an emulsion of laminin and complete Freund's adjuvant. As a result, muscle fiber necrosis with infiltrating macrophages was frequently observed and mononuclear(More)