Shouichi Futamura

Learn More
Autoantibodies present in the sera of patients with bullous pemphigoid (BP) bind to the basement membrane zone of normal human skin and commonly recognize two epidermal proteins, the BP240 and BP180 antigens. Two BP antigen cDNA clones from a lambda gt11 human keratinocyte library have been identified on the basis of reactivity with a BP serum. The fusion(More)
Endemic pemphigus foliaceus, or fogo selvagem, is an autoimmune blistering skin disease caused by IgG autoantibodies to a desmosome-associated glycoprotein. We studied the IgG subclasses with autoantibody activity in serum from 29 patients with active disease and in the skin lesions of 18 patients by immunofluorescence, using IgG-subclass-specific(More)
A database system, named GENAS (GENe Analyzing System), for computer analysis of sequence was constructed using Adbis which is a relational database management system (1). GENAS enables us to retrieve any sequence data from EMBL nucleotide sequence data library (2) and readily to analyze them (if necessary, together with private data) by various application(More)
Intraperitoneal (IP) injections of IgG from patients with Endemic Pemphigus Foliaceus [Fogo Selvagem (FS)] cause acantholysis in BALB/c mice (JID. 85:538, 1985). The dynamic ultrastructural changes of FS IgG-induced acantholysis in mice are the subject of this study. FS IgG was injected IP into neonatal BALB/c mice. Skin and serum was studied at 0, 1, 3, 6,(More)
In bullous pemphigoid (BP), autoantibodies from most patients recognize a high molecular weight 230-kD epidermal antigen (Ag) by immunoprecipitation. By Western immunoblotting, 50-70% of sera recognize the high molecular weight Ag, but 30-50% recognize a low molecular weight, 180-kD epidermal Ag. We examined the specificities of affinity-purified antibodies(More)
In both the endemic and sporadic forms of pemphigus foliaceus (PF), antiepidermal autoantibodies against desmoglein I are present. Desmoglein I is a highly insoluble 160-kD transmembrane glycoprotein of the desmosomal core. The detailed immunochemical characterization of the epitope(s) recognized by the PF autoantibodies is hampered by its large molecular(More)
The authors have developed an information retrieval system named AIR (Augmented Information Retrieval system), which might be one of the most efficient systems for very large document databases. AIR can store the document data compactly and retrieve them quickly. The techniques bringing AIR to the high efficiency, the data compression, the quick keyword(More)
The cornified envelope of keratinocytes is an insoluble structure formed beneath the plasma membrane at the base of the stratum corneum. It is made by cross-linking precursor proteins by a membrane-associated transglutaminase. Using the cornified envelope of cultured human keratinocytes as the immunogen, we obtained a number of monoclonal antibodies which(More)