Yoko Makabe-Kobayashi

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Histidine decarboxylase (HDC) synthesizes histamine from histidine in mammals. To evaluate the role of histamine, we generated HDC-deficient mice using a gene targeting method. The mice showed a histamine deficiency and lacked histamine-synthesizing activity from histidine. These HDC-deficient mice are viable and fertile but exhibit a decrease in the(More)
Histidine decarboxylase (HDC) synthesizes endogenous histamine from histidine in mammals. To evaluate the role of histamine in skin allergic reaction, we used HDC gene knockout mice lacking histamine. No plasma extravasation reaction was observed in HDC-/- mice after passive cutaneous anaphylaxis (PCA) test. Compound 48/80, a mast cell granule depletor,(More)
We prepared a model of experimental peritonitis by introducing Escherichia coli into the peritoneal cavity of the histamine-deficient mice generated by a disruption of the gene for histidine decarboxylase (HDC), the unique histamine-synthesizing enzyme. When we inoculated E. coli into the peritoneal cavities of the HDC(-/-) (histamine-deficient) mice, they(More)
BACKGROUND The systemic anaphylaxis reaction comprises various symptoms, including hypotension, changes in respiration pattern, and hypothermia. OBJECTIVE To elucidate the role of histamine in each of these symptoms, we induced the passive systemic anaphylaxis reaction in histidine decarboxylase gene knockout (HDC [-/-]) mice, which lack histamine. (More)
Histamine has a variety of airway actions and is considered to be an important mediator in asthma. This study examined the role of endogenous histamine in allergic airway eosinophil recruitment and hyperresponsiveness using L-histidine decarboxylase gene knockout mice. Histamine levels of the airways in L-histidine decarboxylase knockout mice were largely(More)
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