Tomoaki Murata

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Companion animal spontaneous tumors are suitable models for human cancer, primarily because both animal population and the tumors are genetically heterogeneous. Feline mammary carcinoma (FMC) is a highly aggressive, mainly hormone receptor-negative cancer, which has been proposed as a model for poor prognosis human breast cancer. We have identified and(More)
Riboflavin transporter (RFT) 2 has recently been identified as a transporter that may be, mainly based on the functional characteristics of its rat ortholog (rRFT2), involved in the intestinal absorption of riboflavin. The present study was conducted to further examine such a possible role of RFT2, focusing on the functional characteristics of its human(More)
We have developed an in vivo mouse model, the green fluorescent protein (GFP)/carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) model, and have previously reported that transplanted GFP-positive bone marrow cells (BMCs) differentiate into hepatocytes via hepatoblast intermediates. Here, we have investigated the growth factors that are closely related to the differentiation of(More)
BACKGROUND Although operative injury is thought generally to worsen the prognosis of cancer patients, the relevant mechanisms are not yet understood fully. We tested the hypothesis that operative injury induces mobilization and recruitment of bone marrow stem cells, thereby enhancing angiogenesis and accelerating tumor growth. METHODS Mice were subjected(More)
Nucleobases are important compounds that constitute nucleosides and nucleic acids. Although it has long been suggested that specific transporters are involved in their intestinal absorption and uptake in other tissues, none of their molecular entities have been identified in mammals to date. Here we describe identification of rat Slc23a4 as the first(More)
Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and angiotensin II (AngII) induce vascular remodeling through the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). AngII has also been shown to increase antioxidant enzyme extracellular superoxide dismutase (ecSOD). However, the roles of TLR4 in Ang II-induced ROS production, vascular remodeling and hypertension remain unknown. Mice(More)
The quaking gene family encodes single KH domain RNA-binding proteins that play vital roles in cell differentiation, proliferation, and apoptotic processes. The human quaking gene, Hqk, maps to 6q25-q26, where cytogenetic alterations associated with a variety of human malignancies, including gliomas have been reported. To assess possible relationships of(More)
We previously reported that fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2) facilitated the differentiation of transplanted bone marrow cells (BMCs) into hepatocytes. Our earlier study also demonstrated that administration of FGF2 in combination with bone marrow transplantation (BMT) synergistically activated tumor necrosis factor-alpha signaling and significantly(More)