Yasuyuki Nasuhara

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Pulmonary macrophages are one of the sources of various antioxidant and detoxification enzymes for which NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a key transcriptional factor. Although Nrf2 deficiency reportedly induces severe emphysema in mice exposed to cigarette smoke (CS), no reports have studied Nrf2 regulation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).(More)
Chronic airway inflammation, one of the pathophysiologic features of bronchial asthma, is suspected to be responsible for irreversible pathological changes of airways, called airway remodeling. To examine the mechanisms of airway remodeling in asthma, we investigated the expression of epidermal growth factor (EGF) and its receptor immunohistochemically in(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a survival factor for endothelial cells and a promoter of angiogenesis, is reportedly expressed in alveolar macrophages (AMs). To investigate whether long-term smoking with age affects VEGF expression in AMs, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) was performed on 18 young and 23 older volunteers with various smoking(More)
Extracellular matrix metalloproteinase inducer (EMMPRIN), also called basigin, is present in the lung during development, but its expression in normal adult lung is minimal. Increases of EMMPRIN have been found in various forms of experimental lung injury. To determine whether EMMPRIN might be involved in alveolar injury/repair associated with smoking, we(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a survival factor in endothelial cells and a promoter of angiogenesis that reportedly plays a pivotal role protecting against injury. In aged humans and animals, lung injuries are generally more serious and cause higher mortality. We thus hypothesized that the expression of VEGF and its related molecules in the(More)
Retinoic acid (RA) is known to accelerate wound healing and induce cell differentiation. All-trans RA (ATRA) exerts its effect by binding retinoic acid receptors, which are members of the nuclear receptor family. We investigated whether RA can alter expression of eotaxin, a potent eosinophil chemoattractant that is regulated by the transcription factors(More)
Serum Krebs von den Lungen-6 (KL-6), which is classified as human mucin-1 (MUC1), is used as a marker of sarcoidosis and other interstitial lung diseases. However, there remain some limitations due to a lack of information on the factors contributing to increased levels of serum KL-6. This study was designed to investigate the factors contributing to(More)
Pulmonary macrophages are one of the sources of various antioxidant and detoxification enzymes for which NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a key transcriptional factor. Although Nrf2 deficiency reportedly induces severe emphysema in smoking mice, no reports have studied Nrf2 regulation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In this study, Nrf2(More)
Erratum Following publication of our paper in BMC Medical In-formatics and Decision Making [1], it was brought to our attention that we had used a slightly modified version of DIAS which had been originally developed by another group [2]. We inadvertently failed to include this paper in the reference list. On page two, line 21-23 in the left column, this(More)
BACKGROUND Although evidence has suggested that computerized drug-drug interaction alert systems may reduce the occurrence of drug-drug interactions, the numerous reminders and alerts generated by such systems could represent an excessive burden for clinicians, resulting in a high override rate of not only unimportant, but also important alerts. METHODS(More)
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