Yoshiaki Fukuda

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Topical application of 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA) to mouse ear induced a prolonged skin inflammation. Histological analysis revealed that the early stage (approximately 3 h) and later stage (6-24 h) of the skin reaction are characterized by dermal edema and cell accumulation, respectively. Topical application with TPA also induced increase(More)
Natural killer T (NKT) cells are known to produce Th17 cytokine IL-17 in addition to Th1/2 cytokines. In this study, the ability of NKT cells to produce IL-22, another Th17 cytokine, was examined in mice. When murine spleen cells were stimulated with alpha-galactosyl ceramide, a ligand for NKT cells, not only Th1/2 cytokines (IFN-gamma, IL-4) but Th17(More)
The effects of neurotensin on the release of endogenous dopamine (DA) from rat striatal slices were investigated. DA was extracted by the aluminium adsorption method and assayed electrochemically by high-performance liquid chromatography. Neurotensin (2-100 microM) potentiated the potassium-induced release of striatal endogenous DA in a(More)
Bovine oocytes matured in vitro were fertilized in high proportions (92% of matured oocytes) by sperm capacitated with Ca ionophore A23187. Eight percent of inseminated oocytes that were denuded 96 h after insemination developed to the morula stage when cultured for 6-120 h after insemination with cumulus cells from the original oocytes. Inseminated oocytes(More)
In order to examine a role of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) in metastasis, cDNA encoding CEA was introduced into a clone of human colorectal carcinoma SW1222 cells. Western blot analysis revealed that all transfectants express CEA of 180 kDa while the parent clone does not. In the transfectants, the level of CEA expression in clone 3 was higher than that(More)
Porcine follicular oocytes, collected from antral follicles (2-5 mm in diameter) of gilt ovaries, were matured in vitro with or without porcine follicular fluid (pFF), gonadotrophins (GTH) or fetal calf serum (FCS) for 48 hours at 37 degrees C under 5% CO2 in air, and their ability of male pronucleus (mPN) formation was examined after in vitro(More)
NC/Nga mice are known to develop skin lesions resembling to atopic dermatitis (AD) in conventional but not in specific-pathogen-free (SPF) condition. An epicutaneous application of 2,4-dinitrofluorobenzene (DNFB) increased skin thickness in C3H as well as NC/Nga mice in SPF environment, and the response was enlarged by repeating the challenge at weekly(More)
Newly ovulated eggs from immature deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus and P. polionotus) and mature laboratory mice (Mus musculus) treated with PMSG and HCG were inseminated in vitro with spermatozoa recovered from the cauda epididymidis of mature males. The time required for capacitation of deer mouse sperm in culture was estimated to be about two to five(More)
Chymase is a chymotrypsin-like serine protease exclusively stored in secretory granules of mast cells and has been thought to participate in allergic diseases. It has already been shown that chymase inhibitor SUN13834 improves dermatitis in NC/Nga mice that spontaneously develop dermatitis resembling atopic dermatitis. In the present study, effect of(More)
The possible role of mast cell chymase in organ fibrosis was examined using a bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis model in mice. Intratracheal injection of bleomycin to mice significantly increased not only hydroxyproline content but also chymase activity in the lung. Administration of a chymase inhibitor SUN C8077 (7-chloro-3-(3-amynophenyl)(More)