Takafumi Kadono

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OBJECTIVE Galectin-3 is a multifunctional protein implicated in a variety of biological processes including fibrosis, angiogenesis, and immune activation, all of which are associated with the development of systemic sclerosis (SSc). We investigated the clinical significance of serum galectin-3 levels in SSc. METHODS Serum galectin-3 levels were determined(More)
Sulfation is an essential component of the selectin ligands, potentially mediated by members of a new family of carbohydrate sulfotransferases. In this study, we assessed the contributions of CHST1, CHST2, CHST3, and CHST4 in producing functional L-selectin ligands. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells predominantly expressed CHST1 and CHST2 transcripts(More)
Spot urine samples were collected from the inhabitants of two rural communities in northwestern Bangladesh. We compared arsenic levels in the urine samples ([As](u); n = 346) with those in water from tube wells ([As](tw); range < 1-535 microg/L; n = 86) on an individual basis. The small variation of [As](u) within subjects and highly positive correlation(More)
On 4 July 2005, many observatories around the world and in space observed the collision of Deep Impact with comet 9P/Tempel 1 or its aftermath. This was an unprecedented coordinated observational campaign. These data show that (i) there was new material after impact that was compositionally different from that seen before impact; (ii) the ratio of dust mass(More)
The impact cratering process on a comet is controversial but holds the key for interpreting observations of the Deep Impact collision with comet 9P/Tempel 1. Mid-infrared data from the Cooled Mid-Infrared Camera and Spectrometer (COMICS) of the Subaru Telescope indicate that the large-scale dust plume ejected by the impact contained a large mass(More)
To determine serum interleukin-33 (IL-33) levels and their associations with clinical parameters in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). Serum IL-33 levels were examined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in 69 patients with SSc and 30 healthy individuals. In a retrospective longitudinal study, sera from 14 patients with SSc were analyzed (follow-up,(More)
Early cutaneous T cell lymphoma clinically and histologically resembles benign inflammatory skin diseases, which sometimes makes it difficult to reach a correct diagnosis. It is recently reported that thymocyte selection-associated high mobility group box factor (TOX) serves as a molecular marker for histological diagnosis of early-stage mycosis fungoides(More)
BACKGROUND Toll-like receptors (TLRs) have a crucial role in early host defense against invading pathogens. Recent studies suggest that TLRs play important roles in non-infections inflammation and tissue repair and regeneration. OBJECTIVE To determine the roles of TLR2 and TLR4 in mouse wound healing using TLR2-deficient (TLR2(-/-)), TLR4-deficient(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine additional abnormal characteristics related to cytokines in fibroblasts derived from systemic sclerosis (SSc), we examined the production of interleukin 6 (IL-6) and IL-8 and their mRNA levels both in scleroderma fibroblasts and in those from normal skin. METHODS Cultured fibroblasts from patients with SSc and healthy controls were(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is an angiogenic cytokine which has been reported to be important in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In this study, the serum level of VEGF was measured using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in 17 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, 49 patients with polymyositis/dermatomyositis (PM/DM), 40(More)