Yasuhiro Omata

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A recombinant baculovirus containing the human CYP3A4 cDNA was constructed and used to express CYP3A4 in SF9 insect cells (0.46 +/- 0.13 nmol/mg protein, 103 +/- 29 nmol/liter, N = 15). The enzyme represented approximately 2-3% of total cellular protein and could be purified by a two-column procedure to a specific content of 12.7 nmol/mg protein. Catalytic(More)
models to mimic these toxic reactions would provide mechanism-based treatment or prevention of TKIs-related skin diseases. Tyrosine kinases are important molecules in biological processes including growth, differentiation, and metabolism, and also in several steps of neoplastic development and progression. TKIs have therefore received much attention as(More)
Various cancers including skin cancer are increasing in 45 million people exposed to arsenic above the World Health Organization's guideline value of 10 μg l(-1). However, there is limited information on key molecules regulating arsenic-mediated carcinogenesis. Our fieldwork in Bangladesh demonstrated that levels of placental growth factor (PlGF) in urine(More)
Krishna et al. (Arch Toxicol 88(1):47–64, 2014) recently published the results of a study in which adult C57BL/6 mice were subchronically exposed to 400,000 μg/L manganese (Mn) using manganese chloride via drinking water for 8 weeks and examined the neurotoxic effects. After 5 weeks of Mn exposure, significant deposition of Mn in all of the brain regions(More)
Aging is a major risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD). Aggregation of amyloid beta (Aβ) in cerebral cortex and hippocampus is a hallmark of AD. Many factors have been identified as causative elements for onset and progression of AD; for instance, tau seems to mediate the neuronal toxicity of Aβ, and downregulation of macroautophagy (autophagy) is(More)
Methylene blue (MB) inhibits the aggregation of tau, a main constituent of neurofibrillary tangles. However, MB's mode of action in vivo is not fully understood. MB treatment reduced the amount of sarkosyl-insoluble tau in Drosophila that express human wild-type tau. MB concurrently ameliorated the climbing deficits of transgenic tau flies to a limited(More)
The incidence of cutaneous malignant melanoma is increasing at a greater rate than that of any other cancer in the world. However, an effective therapy for malignant melanoma has not been established. Recently, some studies have shown an antitumor effect of non-equilibrium atmospheric pressure plasmas (NEAPPs) in vitro. Here, we examined the in vivo effect(More)
Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are known to play roles in inner ear development of higher vertebrates. In zebrafish, there are several reports showing that members of the BMP family are expressed in the otic vesicle. We have isolated a novel zebrafish mutant gallery, which affects the development of the semicircular canal. Gallery merely forms the(More)
Due to the increased ultraviolet radiation, the incidence of melanoma is increasing worldwide more than that of any other cancer. In this study, the effects of irradiation of non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasmas (NEAPPs) on benign melanocytic tumors from our original hairless model mice (HL-RET-mice), in which benign melanocytic tumors and melanomas(More)
Increasing evidence indicates that defects in the sensory system are highly correlated with age-related neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease (AD). This raises the possibility that sensory cells possess some commonalities with neurons and may provide a tool for studying AD. The sensory system, especially the auditory system, has the(More)