Takeshi Ueki

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To clarify the mechanism of yokukansan (TJ-54), a traditional Japanese medicine, against glutamate-mediated excitotoxicity, the effects of TJ-54 on glutamate uptake function were first examined using cultured rat cortical astrocytes. Under thiamine-deficient conditions, the uptake of glutamate into astrocytes, and the levels of proteins and mRNA expressions(More)
TNF-alpha alters leukocyte adhesion molecule expression of cultured endothelial cells like human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC). This study was designed to investigate the changes in vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1), intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1), and platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule-1 (PECAM-1) expression with(More)
OBJECTIVE Podoplanin is one of the most highly expressed lymphatic-specific genes. Here, we report the distribution of cells expressing podoplanin in mouse salivary glands. DESIGN We immunohistochemically investigated the distribution of cells expressing podoplanin in mouse major salivary glands by laser-scanning microscopy. The expression of endothelial(More)
A series of glucose oxidase (GOx) hybrids (GOx-phe-nothiazine-labeled poly(ethylene oxide) (PT-PEO)) capable of direct electrical communication with electrodes is synthesized by covalently modifying PT-PEO to lysine residues on the enzyme surface. The length of the PEO chain and the number of PT groups are systematically altered. After the PT-PEO(More)
We have previously reported the TLR4 expression in human intestinal lymphatic vessels. In the study here, microarray analysis showed the expression of the TLR4, MD-2, CD14, MyD88, TIRAP, TRAM, IRAK1, and TRAF6 genes in cultured human neonatal dermal lymphatic microvascular endothelial cells (LEC). The microarray analysis also showed that LEC expressed genes(More)
Human lymphatic vessels express several leukocyte adhesion molecules. The study here investigated the expression of three junctional adhesion molecules (JAM) which are a newly reported glycoprotein family of adhesion molecules on human lymphatic endothelium. In this study, JAM-1 and JAM-3 but not JAM-2 were detected in cultured human neonatal dermal(More)
The reversible micellization and sol-gel transition of block copolymer solutions in an ionic liquid (IL) triggered by a photostimulus is described. The ABA triblock copolymer employed, denoted P(AzoMA-r-NIPAm)-b-PEO-b-P(AzoMA-r-NIPAm)), has a B block composed of an IL-soluble poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). The A block consists of a random copolymer including(More)
A large variety of synthetic vesicles has been created for potential engineering applications and as model systems which mimic living organisms. In most cases, the structure is designed to be thermodynamically stable. However, mimicking dynamic behaviors of living vesicles still remains undeveloped. Herein, we present a synthetic vesicle which shows(More)
Biomimetic cross-linked polymersomes that exhibit a self-beating motion without any on-off switching are developed. The polymersomes are made from a well-defined synthetic thermoresponsive diblock copolymer, and the thermoresponsive segment includes ruthenium catalysts for the oscillatory chemical reaction and vinylidene groups to cross-link the(More)
We describe a nanogel that can reversibly shuttle between a hydrophobic ionic liquid (IL) phase and an aqueous phase in response to temperature changes. A thermosensitive diblock copolymer, consisting of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) as the first segment and a random copolymer of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAm) and N-acryloyloxysuccinimide (NAS) as the second(More)