Yoshitsugu Kojima

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Glucocorticoids are important mediators of the stress response and are commonly employed as drugs for the suppression of immune rejection after organ transplantation. Previous investigations uncovered the possibility of mood depression in patients undergoing long-term treatment with synthetic glucocorticoids, including dexamethasone (DEX). Exogenous(More)
This study investigates whether genetically modified orally administered Lactococcus lactis (L lactis) could be used as an HIV vaccine. L lactis is immunogenic and extremely safe when delivered orally. We created a recombinant L lactis vector expressing the envelope protein of HIV on its cell surface. Oral immunization with this vector induced high levels(More)
The location of motoneurons innervating the musculus levator palpebrae superioris (LPS) was studied in the monkey (Macaca irus) by using Fast blue (FB) and propidium iodide (PI) as retrograde neuronal tracers. In each monkey, FB was injected into the LPS of one eye and PI into the LPS of the other eye. Neuronal cell bodies labeled with FB and/or PI were(More)
A number of factors influence the development of tolerance, including the nature, concentration and mode of antigen presentation to the immune system, as well as the age of the host. The studies were conducted to determine whether immunizing pregnant mice with liposome-encapsulated DNA vaccines had an effect on the immune status of their offspring. Two(More)
Pin 1 is an enzyme that specifically catalyzes the cis-trans isomerization of phosphorylated serine/threonine-proline (pSer/Thr-Pro) motif in its substrate proteins. Recent studies demonstrate that stability of several viral proteins is regulated by phosphorylation-dependent prolyl-isomerization by a host factor Pin1. Pin1 is now positioned as an important(More)
Various synthesis and rehydrogenation processes of lithium hydride (LiH) and magnesium amide (Mg(NH2)2) system with 8:3 molar ratio are investigated to understand the kinetic factors and effectively utilize the essential hydrogen desorption properties. For the hydrogen desorption with a solid-solid reaction, it is expected that the kinetic properties become(More)
The motoneurons innervating the musculus levator palpebrae superioris (LPS) of the monkey, the cat and the rabbit were studied using horseradish peroxidase (HRP). Furthermore, LPS motoneurons of the cat and rabbit were studied by the double-labeling method using two fluorescent dyes as retrograde neuronal tracers. After injection of HRP into the right LPS(More)
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are artificially derived from somatic cells that have been transduced with defined reprogramming factors. A previous report has indicated the possibility of using iPSCs as an immune stimulator to generate antigen-specific immunity. In our current study, we have investigated whether human iPSCs (hiPSCs) have the ability(More)
To investigate the relation between the enteric nervous system and immunocytes, fecal immunoglobulin (Ig) A and the distribution of IgA-positive cells close to nerve fibers in the lamina propria around the crypts of the small intestine were examined after intraperitoneal injection of lipopolysaccharides (LPS). In mice, IgA in the feces 1 h (LPS1) and 6 h(More)