Yasutsugu Suzuki

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 We have isolated a novel type of natural tumoricidal product from the basidiomycete strain, Agaricus blazei Murill. Using the double-grafted tumor system in Balb/c mice, treatment of the primary tumor with an acid-treated fraction (ATF) obtained from the fruit bodies resulted in infiltration of the distant tumor by natural killer (NK) cells with marked(More)
Human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) and other retroviruses synthesize a DNA copy of their genome after entry into the host cell. Integration of this DNA into the host cell's genome is an essential step in the viral replication cycle. The viral DNA is synthesized in the cytoplasm and is associated with viral and cellular proteins in a large nucleoprotein(More)
We established a set of real-time PCR assay to accurately quantify human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) DNA in infected cells. Using this assay we were able to measure the strong-stop, full-length/ 1-LTR circle, 2-LTR circle, and integrated forms of viral DNA, and the data provided was quite consistent with the characteristics of mutant viruses in(More)
γδT cells play a regulatory role in both primary and metastatic tumor growth in humans. The mechanisms responsible for the activation and proliferation of circulating γδT cells should be fully understood prior to their adoptive transfer to cancer patients. We have examined in vitro functional effects of interleukin-15 (IL-15) on highly purified γδT cells(More)
Whereas the dengue virus (DENV) non-structural (NS) proteins NS3 and NS5 have been shown to interact in vitro and in vivo, the biological relevance of this interaction in viral replication has not been fully clarified. Here, we first applied a simple and robust in vitro assay based on AlphaScreen technology in combination with the wheat-germ cell-free(More)
HIV-1 possesses a viral protein, integrase (IN), which is necessary for its efficient integration in target cells. However, it has been reported that an IN-defective HIV strain is still capable of integration. Here, we assessed the ability of wild type (WT) HIV-1 to establish infection in the presence of IN inhibitors. We observed a low, yet clear infection(More)
Curdlan sulfate (CRDS), a sulfated 1→3-β-D glucan, previously shown to be a potent HIV entry inhibitor, is characterized in this study as a potent inhibitor of the Dengue virus (DENV). CRDS was identified by in silico blind docking studies to exhibit binding potential to the envelope (E) protein of the DENV. CRDS was shown to inhibit the DENV replication(More)
ISGylation, an ubiquitin-like post-translational modification by ISG15, has been reported to participate in the interferon (IFN)-mediated antiviral response. In this study, we analyzed the functional role of ISGylation in dengue virus 2 (DENV-2) replication. Overexpression of ISG15 was found to significantly suppress the amount of extracellular infectious(More)
AgDNV is a powerful gene transduction tool and potential biological control agent for Anopheles mosquitoes. Using a GFP reporter virus system, we investigated AgDNV host range specificity in four arthropod cell lines (derived from An. gambiae, Aedes albopictus and Drosophila melanogaster) and six mosquito species from 3 genera (An. gambiae, An. arabiensis,(More)
The purpose of this study was to develop a novel diagnostic prediction method for allergic diseases from the data of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) using an artificial neural network (ANN). We applied the prediction method to four allergic diseases, such as atopic dermatitis (AD), allergic conjunctivitis (AC), allergic rhinitis (AR) and bronchial(More)