Yuji Yamaoka

Learn More
Recent studies have suggested multiple functions of periodontal ligament fibroblasts (PDLFs) which may relate to the permeability of gap junctions composed of various types of connexins (Cxs). At present, 15 types of Cxs are known to exist, and six of their antibodies, anti-Cx26, Cx32, Cx37, Cx40, Cx43, and Cx45 are commercially available. This study aims(More)
To investigate the relationship between the expression of connexin in basaloid squamous cell carcinomas (BSCC) and their rapid proliferation and invasive potential, we examined the effect of overexpression of connexin 43 (Cx43) in a BSCC-derived cell line (BSC-OF). BSC-OF was transfected with Cx43 to obtain 15 clones with a stable expression of Cx43. In(More)
The Toll-like receptor (TLR) is a part of the innate immune system sensing pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs). Recently, TLRs 2 and 4 have been demonstrated for the ligand engagements, which result in the induction of cytokines. Here we investigated the expression of TLRs 2 and 4 on lymphatic vessels producing cys-cys chemokine ligand 21 (CCL21)(More)
Coexpression of desmosomal proteins and vimentin has been reported in a specific mesenchymal phenotype. This study investigated the expression of vimentin-binding desmosomal proteins in human dental pulp fibroblasts (DPF) and odontoblasts. The dental pulp has no cells expressing desmocollin (DSC) 1-3, desmoglein (DSG) 1-3, junction plakoglobin (JUP), or(More)
The cys-cys (C-C) chemokine ligand 21 is a member of the C-C chemokines that constitute a group of heparin-binding cytokines with a pattern of four or six conserved cysteines. The CCL21 is known to be expressed in secondary lymphoid tissues, however it has rarely been reported for the expression on peripheral lymphatic vessels in somatic tissue. Here we(More)
To enculturate conversational interfaces it is indespensable to gain insights in culture specific differences of interaction patterns. Information found in the literature is often very general or more of an anecdotal character. In this paper we present a corpus of culture specific interaction patterns that was collected under standardized conditions in(More)
The osteogenic cell type of human periodontal ligament fibroblasts (PDLF) undergoes senescence at finite population doubling numbers unrelated to donor ages. This study investigated telomere lengths of osteogenic PDLF from differently aged donors and alterations of the osteoblast-like properties in the aged PDLF with short telomeres. Telomere lengths of(More)
Threat trees are notable tools in the security analysis process called "threat modeling"'. The trees are used to identify how and under what condition threats can be realized, which will help proper estimation of risks and planning of countermeasures. However, it is difficult for an average analyst to construct adequate trees, because security expertise,(More)
In this project we aim to implement multiparty support in a Tour guide system with an Embodied Conversational Agent (ECA). We studied multiparty dialogue issues and adapted some of them to our system. As the outcome of the project, the first prototype of a tour guide system has been developed. The system can automatically detect presence of humans and(More)