Takayuki Ogawa

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Biosynthesis of many plant alkaloids is enhanced by endogenous accumulation and exogenous application of jasmonates, but the general and specific signaling components are not well understood. In Arabidopsis, jasmonate-induced ZIM-domain-containing (JAZ) proteins have recently been found to be critical transcriptional repressors linking CORONATINE(More)
In this study, we examined pathophysiological roles of osteoactivin, a functionally unknown type I membrane glycoprotein, in mouse skeletal muscle atrophied by denervation (sciatic neurectomy). Denervation increased the amounts of osteoactivin, vimentin, matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3), and MMP-9 in mouse gastrocnemius muscle. Interestingly,(More)
Intact osteoactivin, a novel type I membrane glycoprotein, were shed at a dibasic motif in the juxtamembrane region in C2C12 myoblasts. Extracellular fragments were secreted into the culture media by a putative metalloprotease. Extracellular fragments of osteoactivin, but not control protein, induced matrix metalloprotease-3 (MMP-3) expression in NIH-3T3(More)
Skeletal muscles are vulnerable to marked atrophy under microgravity. This phenomenon is due to the transcriptional alteration of skeletal muscle cells to weightlessness. To further investigate this issue at a subcellular level, we examined the expression of approximately 26,000 gastrocnemius muscle genes in space-flown rats by DNA microarray analysis.(More)
BACKGROUND.: Although the outcome of liver transplant patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has improved with the introduction of strict criteria, tumor recurrence still remains a significant problem. Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) is a phospholipid mediator that can induce diverse cellular responses, such as proliferation, migration, adhesion, and(More)
PURPOSE Double-bundle anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction has been shown to restore better kinematics in vitro, but it is uncertain whether this technique can achieve this in vivo. We investigated whether anatomic double-bundle ACL reconstruction can restore a better tibiofemoral relation in the sagittal plane under static unloading conditions.(More)
We investigated the effects of cyclooxigenase-2 (cox-2) on fracture healing. After closed non-displaced fractures were created at the middle of both femoral shafts in 12-week-old Wister rats, a cox-2 specific inhibitor, etodolac (20 mg/day; intra-peritoneal) was administered every day for three weeks (E group). Bone union and callus formation were evaluated(More)
UNLABELLED Unloading can prevent bone formation by osteoblasts. To study this mechanism, we focused on a ubiquitin ligase, Cbl-b, which was highly expressed in osteoblastic cells during denervation. Our results suggest that Cbl-b may mediate denervation-induced osteopenia by inhibiting IGF-I signaling in osteoblasts. INTRODUCTION Unloading, such as(More)
We previously reported that intragastric administration of cysteine could be beneficial to prevent unweighting-induced ubiquitination and degradation of muscle protein in association with redox regulation [Ikemoto et al., Biol. Chem., 383 (2002), 715-721]. In this study, we investigated whether vitamin E, another potent antioxidative nutrient, also had(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) are often re-hospitalized, worsening both their quality of life and prognosis. Although renal dysfunction reportedly increases the risk of CHF, the association between renal dysfunction and re-hospitalization for CHF remains unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS Patients with CHF and decreased renal function(More)