Taeko Kishimoto

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The effect of methylmercury (CH3HgCl) on the production of endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF) by cultured human umbilical vascular endothelial cells (HUVECs) based on its antiaggregatory effect on human platelets was examined. HUVECs were harvested from umbilical veins by collagenase treatment. The platelet aggregation test was performed with(More)
Previous studies have demonstrated considerable prostanoid production by cultured proliferating rat mesangial cells (MC). In this study, human mesangial cells (HMC) were examined during serum-free culture in which the cells were reversibly growth arrested and did not suffer obvious irreversible functional changes. Non-stimulated cells released 2 to 10 pg/24(More)
Some cutaneous inflammations are induced by percutaneous exposure to foreign Ags, and many chemical mediators regulate this inflammation process. One of these mediators, calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), is a neuropeptide released from nerve endings in the skin. CGRP binds to its receptors composed of receptor activity-modifying protein 1 and(More)
Recent studies have revealed that various neurotransmitters regulate the immune system via their receptors expressed on the immune cells. Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), a sensory nerve C-fiber neuropeptide, is also known to have the ability to modulate the functions of immune cells in vitro. However, the contribution of CGRP to the immune(More)
Attempts were made to induce antibody response of hapten-primed cells by stimulation with anti-immunoglobulin (Ig) antibody and cellfree supernatant (CFS) which contained nonspecific enhancing factor. Mesenteric lymph node cells were obtained from rabbits which were primed with dinitrophenylated ragweed antigen (DNP-Rag), and the primed cells were incubated(More)
Although interferon (IFN)-gamma has been shown to be involved in the down-regulation of polyclonal IgE response in murine B cells that were activated by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and interleukin 4 (IL4), effects of IFN-gamma on antigen-specific IgE responses have not been fully investigated. We have developed the following culture systems for inducing(More)