Sumitaka Hasegawa

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Tetrahymena ribozymes hold promise for repairing genetic disorders but are largely limited by their modest splicing efficiency and low production of final therapeutic proteins. Ribozyme evolution in intact living mammalian cells would greatly facilitate the discovery of new ribozyme variants with high in vivo activity, but no such strategies have been(More)
The Tetrahymena trans-splicing ribozyme can edit RNA in a sequence-specific manner, but its efficiency needs to be improved for any functional rescues. This communication describes a simple method that uses a bacterial enzyme beta-lactamase to report trans-splicing activity of Tetrahymena ribozyme in single living mammalian cells by fluorescence microscopy(More)
Exposure to asbestos is a known etiological factor in malignant mesothelioma (MM). However, in vitro cell culture studies have provided paradoxical evidence that asbestos exposure to mesothelial cells causes cytotoxicity or apoptosis rather than malignant transformation. Although it has been shown that the iron associated with asbestos participates in the(More)
H-ferritin (HF) is a core subunit of the iron storage protein ferritin and is related to the pathogenesis of malignant diseases. HF overexpression is present in human hematologic malignancies, suggesting that HF overexpression may contribute to the development of hematologic cancers. However, in vivo evidence that HF is directly linked to hematologic(More)
The recent success with small fish as an animal model of cancer with the aid of fluorescence technique has attracted cancer modelers' attention because it would be possible to directly visualize tumor cells in vivo in real time. Here, we report a medaka model capable of allowing the observation of various cell behaviors of transplanted tumor cells, such as(More)
Aberrant expression of ferritin, a major iron-binding protein, has shown to be involved in neurodegenerative diseases. In this study, we generated transgenic (Tg) mice of human ferritin heavy chain (FTH) gene and investigated the effects of ferritin overexpression in FTH-Tg brain by (1)H-MRI and (1)H-MRS. The mice displayed no apparent neurological(More)
Molecular imaging using magnetic resonance (MR) imaging has been actively investigated and made rapid progress in the past decade. Applied to cancer gene therapy, the technique's high spatial resolution allows evaluation of gene delivery into target tissues. Because noninvasive monitoring of the duration, location, and magnitude of transgene expression in(More)
Noninvasive imaging of specific mRNAs in living subjects promises numerous biological and medical applications. Common strategies use fluorescently or radioactively labelled antisense probes to detect target mRNAs through a hybridization mechanism, but have met with limited success in living animals. Here we present a novel molecular imaging approach based(More)
Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is a fatal malignancy with a rapidly increasing incidence in industrialized countries because of the widespread use of asbestos in the past centuries. Early diagnosis of MM is critical for a better prognosis, but this is often difficult because of the lack of disease-specific diagnostic imaging. Here, we report that(More)
(111)In-labeled trastuzumab modified with nuclear localizing signal (NLS) peptides ((111)In-trastuzumab-NLS) efficiently delivers an Auger electron (AE) emitter (111)In into the cell nucleus and is thus a promising radiopharmaceutical in AE radioimmunotherapy (AE-RIT) for targeted killing of HER2-positive cancer. However, further improvement of its(More)