Takahiko Ishiguro

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Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a debilitating X-linked muscle disease. We have used sequence information from complementary DNA clones, derived from the gene that is deleted in DMD patients, to generate an antiserum that stains the surface membrane of intact human and mouse skeletal muscle, but not that of DMD patients and mdx mice. Here we identify(More)
The patient was a 22 year-old male. Hereditary chronic pancreatitis was suspected as a diagnosis since his mother's uncle had been operated on for chronic pancreatitis 14 years previously at the age of 64 years and his mother had been operated on for chronic pancreatitis with calculi 5 years previously at the age of 40 years. Surgery was needed, since: 1)(More)
We have developed a homogeneous quantitative assay of DNA/RNA by performing PCR in the presence of an oxazole yellow derivative, a fluorescent DNA intercalative dye, and monitoring the fluorescence intensity of the PCR reaction mixture during PCR cycles. We have demonstrated the applicability of this assay by use it to quantify hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA(More)
A right renal pelvic mass in a 72-year-old man was resected. The histologic appearance of the tumor was a mixture of tubular adenocarcinoma cells and hepatoid neoplastic cells, and there was a resemblance to hepatoid adenocarcinoma. The intraoperative level of serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) was calculated to be 2246 ng/ml, and the postoperative level ranges(More)
In order to elucidate the role of neuropeptide Y (NPY) in cerebral circulation, we undertook the present study to examine the action of NPY itself, and the combined effects of NPY with other vasoconstrictor stimuli. NPY itself produced contractions of isolated canine basilar artery in a concentration-dependent manner, which was independent of the presence(More)
The presence or absence of CD4(+) T cell help can determine the direction of adaptive immune responses toward either cross-priming or cross-tolerance. It has been demonstrated that interactions of CD40-CD40 ligand can replace CD4(+) T cell help and enable dendritic cells to prime cytotoxic T cells. Here, we demonstrate that antitumor reactivity induced in(More)
Type I and type II macrophage scavenger receptors (SR-A I/II) recognize a variety of polyanions including bacterial cell-wall products such as lipopolysaccharide, suggesting a role for SR-A I/II in immunity against bacterial infection. SR-A I/II-deficient (MSR-A-/-) mice were more susceptible to infection with listeriolysin-O (LLO)-producing Listeria(More)
NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase (DT-diaphorase; DTD) plays a major role in activating mitomycin C (MMC) in human colon and gastric carcinoma cell lines. Thus, measurement of DTD in clinical tumor samples could be beneficial in designing adjuvant chemotherapy. We explored immunological quantitation of DTD protein using a monoclonal antibody against DTD,(More)
Vibrio parahaemolyticus strains carrying the thermostable direct hemolysin (TDH) tdh gene, the TDH-related hemolysin (trh) gene, or both genes are considered virulent strains. We previously demonstrated that the transcription-reverse transcription concerted (TRC) method could be used to quantify the amount of mRNA transcribed from the tdh gene by using an(More)