Yoshinobu Okuda

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We previously observed Th1-dominated response in the central nervous system (CNS) of mice during the course of experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE) with a semiquantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT/PCR) analysis. We report here that mRNA levels for both inflammatory cytokines including interleukin (IL)-1beta, IL-2, IL-6,(More)
Multiple sclerosis (MS), an inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS), is more prevalent in females than males. It is well documented that a significant gender difference exits in the susceptibility of mice to develop experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a model of MS, induced by myelin basic protein or proteolipid(More)
To elucidate the role of excessive nitric oxide (NO) via the inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) in experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE), the effect of a selective iNOS inhibitor, aminoguanidine, was investigated using mice with actively induced EAE. Administration of aminoguanidine by intraperitoneal or intracisternal injection from day 2 to(More)
We investigated gene expression patterns of ion channels including the apamin-sensitive small-conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (SK3) channel, the adult isoform of the skeletal muscle Na(+) channel (SkM1), the fetal isoform of skeletal muscle Na(+) channel (H1), and the Cl(-) channel (ClC-1) by using the semiquantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase(More)
We recently identified the inducible isoform of nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) in inflammatory lesions of the central nervous system (CNS) in mice with experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE), a known animal model of multiple sclerosis (MS). In the present study, the role of excessive nitric oxide (NO) production via iNOS was investigated in mice with(More)
Apoptotic elimination of pathogenic T cells is considered to be one of regulatory mechanisms in multiple sclerosis (MS). To explore the potential relationship between Fas-mediated apoptosis and the disease course of MS, we examined apoptosis, defined by annexin V (AV) binding, and Fas (CD95) expression in CD4+ and in CD8+ T cells in MS patients by using(More)
A cytokine-mediated excessive increase in nitric oxide (NO) by macrophages or glial cells via an inducible isoform of NO synthase (iNOS) has been proposed to play an important role in demyelinating diseases. To further investigate the role of iNOS in demyelination, experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE), a known animal model of multiple sclerosis(More)
We investigated the role of IL-6 in myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) peptide induced experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) using IL-6-deficient mice and found that IL-6-deficient mice were resistant to active induction of EAE, but that the treatment of those mice with IL-6 during the preclinical phase caused typical EAE. We also found(More)
The elimination of T cells by apoptosis is considered to be one of the regulatory factors in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model of multiple sclerosis. To address further the role of apoptotic T cell death in EAE, we investigated myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG)-induced EAE in transgenic mice overexpressing the(More)
The role of p53, a pro-apoptotic protein, in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) was investigated using p53-deficient C57BL/6J mice. p53-deficient mice immunised with myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) exhibited a more severe clinical course of EAE with more severe inflammation in the central nervous system (CNS) compared to wild-type(More)