Yoko Usami

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Previously, we have demonstrated that mesenchymal stem cells could be differentiated into steroidogenic cells through steroidogenic factor-1 and 8bromo-cAMP treatment. Use of liver receptor homolog-1, another of the nuclear receptor 5A family nuclear receptors, with 8bromo-cAMP also resulted in the differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells into(More)
Previously, we demonstrated that bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) differentiate into steroidogenic cells such as Leydig and adrenocortical cells by the introduction of steroidogenic factor-1 (SF-1) and treatment with cAMP. In this study, we employed the same approach to differentiate umbilical cord blood (UCB)-derived MSCs. Despite UCB-MSCs(More)
It is well known that the androgen/androgen receptor (AR) pathway is involved in both male and female fertility in mammals. AR knockout female mice are reported to exhibit various abnormalities in follicle development, and a subfertile phenotype. In exogenous gonadotropin-induced superovulation, serum androgen levels were robustly elevated in female mice at(More)
Liver receptor homolog-1 (LRH-1) is a member of the nuclear receptor 5A (NR5A) subfamily. It is expressed in granulosa cells of the ovary and is involved in steroidogenesis and ovulation. To reveal the transcriptional regulatory mechanism of LRH-1, we determined its transcription start site in the ovary using KGN cells, a human granulosa cell tumor cell(More)
Pluripotent stem cells maintain their pluripotency and undifferentiated status through a network of transcription factors. Liver receptor homolog-1 (Lrh-1) is one of these, and regulates the expression of other important transcription factors such as Oct-3/4 and Nanog. In early embryo and embryonic stem (ES) cells, Lrh-1 is transcribed using a unique(More)
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