Tsutomu Narita

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Recent studies have shown that the antiestrogen tamoxifen (TAM) can be used in the treatment of malignant neoplasms other than breast cancer. In the present study, we investigated the expression of estrogen receptor (ER) in six malignant rhabdoid tumor (MRT) cell lines. Alterations in MRT cell growth in response to estrogen or antiestrogens(More)
Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL/Apo2L) is a potent inducer of apoptosis in various cancer cells, whereas normal cells are not sensitive to TRAIL-mediated apoptosis. Four TRAIL/Apo2L receptors (DR4, DR5, DcR1, and DcR2) have been identified. DR4 and DR5 have a death domain, whereas DcR1 and DcR2 are called decoy receptors(More)
Neuronal cell death in the brain of macular mutant mouse, a model of copper metabolism abnormality, has features of both apoptosis and necrosis. Apoptotic cells were morphologically identified by the terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase nick end-labeling (TUNEL) method and electron microscopy. Numerous TUNEL-positive cells were identified in the cerebral(More)
Neuroblastoma is one of the common solid tumours in childhood. Kawasaki disease (KD) is not an uncommon acute febrile illness in Japan. There have been only two reports of KD patients having neuroblastoma [1,2]. Nonetheless, there is no reported case of acute KD developing urinary retention due to neuroblastoma. A 4-month-old boy was admitted to our(More)
Hypomyelination in developing brain is often accompanied by congenital metabolic disorders. Menkes kinky hair disease is an X-linked neurodegenerative disease of impaired copper transport, resulting from a mutation of the Menkes disease gene, a transmembrane copper-transporting p-type ATPase gene (ATP7A). In a macular mutant mouse model, the murine ortholog(More)
Malignant rhabdoid tumors (MRT) show a multiphenotypic diversity, including a neural phenotype. To elucidate the difference in neural characteristics between MRT and neuroblastoma, we examined the expression of synapsin I, neuron-restrictive silencer factor (NRSF), neurofilament medium-size (NF-M) and chromogranin A (CGA) in five MRT cell lines (TM87-16,(More)
Malignant rhabdoid tumor (MRT) has been considered to have multiphenotypic diversity characteristics. Some MRTs exhibit a neural phenotype. However, it is still unclear whether MRT cells can display a skeletal muscle, smooth muscle or smooth muscle-like cell phenotype, like those of pericytes and mesangial cells. To determine if MRTs exhibit skeletal muscle(More)
To elucidate the biological differences in neural phenotype between malignant rhabdoid tumor (MRT) and neuroblastoma cell lines, we examined the expression of solube N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive fusion protein attachment protein receptor (SNARE) complex proteins in MRT cell lines under differentiation induction with 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA).(More)
BACKGROUND Bis-diamine induces conotruncal anomalies and disproportional ventricular development in rat embryos when administered to the mother. To evaluate the mechanisms of disproportional ventricular development in the anomalous heart, we analyzed the morphology of the embryonic heart and investigated cardiomyocytic DNA synthesis and apoptosis. METHODS(More)
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