Waka Ishida

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BACKGROUND Eosinophils are important effector cells in severe allergic conjunctivitis such as vernal keratoconjunctivitis. Infiltration of eosinophils into the conjunctiva is mediated by type I and type IV allergic reactions. Cyclosporin A (CsA) eye drops are administered therapeutically for severe allergic conjunctivitis, but the mechanism by which CsA(More)
The therapeutic effects of bacteriophage (phage) KPP12 in Pseudomonas aeruginosa keratitis were investigated in mice. Morphological analysis showed that phage KPP12 is a member of the family Myoviridae, morphotype A1, and DNA sequence analysis revealed that phage KPP12 is similar to PB1-like viruses. Analysis of the phage KPP12 genome did not identify any(More)
PURPOSE To investigate antigen (Ag) specificity, activation, and effector function of the Ag-specific T cells involved in the development of experimental immune-mediated blepharoconjunctivitis (EC), an experimental conjunctivitis. METHODS EC was induced in Brown Norway rats by injection of ovalbumin (OVA)-specific T cells followed by OVA challenge with(More)
The 4-1BB receptor acts as a costimulator in CD8(+) T cell activation. Agonistic stimulation through this molecule by treatment with anti-4-1BB Abs has been demonstrated to inhibit various experimentally induced diseases in animals. However, the effect of anti-4-1BB Abs on experimental allergic diseases has not been reported. We investigated the effect of(More)
BACKGROUND Disruption of corneal epithelial barrier function by inflammation may contribute to the development of dry eye. The effects of rebamipide, a drug used for the treatment of dry eye, on barrier function and cytokine expression in a human corneal epithelial (HCE) cell line were examined. METHODS Barrier function of HCE cells was evaluated by(More)
CD27, which belongs to the TNF receptor family, is a costimulatory molecule that participates in T-cell activation. Unlike costimulatory molecules such as OX40 and 4-1BB, little is known about the role CD27 plays a role in the development of experimental diseases. We asked whether CD27 and its ligand CD70 participate in the development of experimental(More)
BACKGROUND Endogenous IL-17 is needed for the Ag sensitization that results in murine allergic asthma, a Th2-mediated disease. Here, we aimed to investigate the role IL-17 plays in the development of murine experimental allergic conjunctivitis (EC) which is also a Th2-mediated disease. METHODS To induce EC, wild-type (WT) and IL-17-deficient (IL-17 KO)(More)
Innate immune responses that operate through Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are actively involved in the development of diseases predominantly mediated by adaptive immune responses. This is true also for allergic disease, as TLRs have been found to be involved in the development of allergic airway inflammation. We investigated whether stimulating TLR2 also(More)
PURPOSE The severity of allergic conjunctivitis (AC) correlates with the degree of eosinophil infiltration into the conjunctiva, which is believed to be mediated by chemokines and adhesion molecules. The adhesion molecule very late antigen (VLA)-4 and its ligand, vascular cell adhesion molecule (VCAM)-1, are known to play important roles in eosinophil(More)
BACKGROUND To investigate the involvement of Notch ligands in the development of experimental allergic conjunctivitis (EC) in mice. METHODS To induce EC, wild-type (WT) or IFN-gamma-deficient (GKO) BALB/c mice were immunized with ragweed (RW) in alum followed by RW challenge in eye drops. Twenty-four hours after RW challenge, the conjunctivas, spleens and(More)