Yuko Kikuchi

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BACKGROUND Although exposure to mite allergens is an important risk factor for the production of IgE and is associated with various allergic diseases, there has been uncertainty as to the route of exposure by which sensitization occurs. Cystatin A is a skin-derived dominant inhibitor against proteolytic activity of major mite allergens, Der f 1 and Der p 1,(More)
The first step of heme biosynthesis in animals is catalyzed by 5-aminolevulinate synthase (ALAS), which controls heme supply in various tissues. To clarify the roles that the nonspecific isoform of ALAS (ALAS-N) plays in vivo, we prepared a green fluorescent protein (GFP) knock-in mouse line in which the Alas1 gene (encoding ALAS-N) is replaced with a gfp(More)
To study the gene products of theHLA complex, we produced two monoclonal antibodies, termed HU-18 and HU-23. They were active in complement-dependent cytotoxicity and detected B-cell alloantigens encoded by a locus (or loci) linked toHLA. When three types of HLA-DR4 homozygous B-cell lines with different HLA-D specificities were tested for reactivity with(More)
In a previous study, we showed that the three hitherto serologically indistinguishable HLA-D specificities associated with HLA-DR4, HLA-DYT, HLA-DKT2, and HLA-Dw4 can be distinguished on the basis of their reactivity with two distinct la-like-specific monoclonal antibodies, HU-18 and HU-23. In this study, we attempted to identify and characterize Ia-like(More)
The major proteolytic allergen derived from the house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, Der p1, is one of the most clinically relevant allergens worldwide. In the present study, we evaluate the contribution of the proteolytic activity and structure of a highly purified rDer p 1 to immune responses. Mice were i.p. immunized with three forms of rDer p(More)
BACKGROUND The efficient manufacture of recombinant Der p 1 and Der f 1 has been an important bottleneck in the study of house dust mite allergies and the development of applications for allergen engineering. While Der f 1 has only one N-glycosylation motif in the mature sequence, Der p 1 has two motifs, one in the prosequence and the other in the mature(More)
We report a case of a 67-year-old woman with chromomycosis on the left upper arm. The plaque was a very small, erythematous and scaly lesion with a diameter of 1.5 cm. Fonsecaea pedrosoi was isolated as the causal fungus, and a number of Phialophora type conidia, the formation of which is considered rare, were observed. Treatment involved surgical excision(More)
BACKGROUND Weak signals for allergen-specific IgE are a problem in murine models for the study of allergies. It has been reported that the removal of IgG from murine sera enhances signal intensity. Very recently, buffer solutions designed to enhance signals in immunoassays have been developed and made commercially available. METHODS Sera from mice(More)
GATA1 is essential for the differentiation of erythroid cells and megakaryocytes. The Gata1 gene is composed of multiple untranslated first exons and five common coding exons. The erythroid first exon (IE exon) is important for Gata1 gene expression in hematopoietic lineages. Because previous IE exon knockdown analyses resulted in embryonic lethality, less(More)
In eukaryotes, holo-Mediator consists of four modules: head, middle, tail, and CDK/Cyclin. The head module performs an essential function involved in regulation of RNA polymerase II (Pol II). We studied the human head module subunit MED17 (hMED17). Recent structural studies showed that yeast MED17 may function as a hinge connecting the neck and movable jaw(More)