Yuko Okazaki

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OBJECTIVE The nuclear factor-kB (NF-kB) signaling pathway has been implicated as a molecular target for the treatment of various inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In particular, IkB kinase (IKK) is considered an important molecular target because the majority of inflammatory signaling pathways mediated by NF-kB involve IKK(More)
INTRODUCTION Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) is frequently associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) as one of extra-articular manifestations. Many studies for Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) allelic association with RA have been reported, but few have been validated in an RA subpopulation with ILD. In this study, we investigated the association of HLA class(More)
To establish a difference of the relative contents (RCs) of elements among the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar intervertebral disks and its age-related change, the intervertebral disks between the axis and the sacrum, which were resected from the nine cadavers who died at 53 to 99 yr old, were analyzed by inductively coupled atomic plasma emission(More)
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is one of the most common autoimmune diseases, but its autoimmune mechanisms are not clearly understood. Recently, anti-citrullinated peptide antibodies have been specifically observed in sera of RA patients. Furthermore, we identified RA-susceptible variant in a gene encoding citrullinating enzyme, peptidylarginine deiminase type(More)
We report a method of photo-cross-linking proteins in mammalian cells, which is based on site-specific incorporation of a photoreactive amino acid, p-benzoyl-L-phenylalanine (pBpa), through the use of an expanded genetic code. To analyze the cell signaling interactions involving the adaptor protein Grb2, pBpa was incorporated in its Src homology 2 (SH2)(More)
The first major event when a medical device comes in contact with blood is the adsorption of plasma proteins. Protein adsorption on the material surface leads to the activation of the blood coagulation cascade and the inflammatory process, which impair the lifetime of the material. Various efforts have been made to minimize protein adsorption and platelet(More)
Antibodies against citrullinated proteins are highly specific for rheumatoid arthritis. We previously reported that functional variants of the gene encoding peptidylarginine deiminase type 4 were closely associated with RA. The purpose of this study was to investigate the citrullinated autoantigens recognized by serum samples from patients with RA. The(More)
The characteristics of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) in patients with connective tissue diseases (CTDs) were examined retrospectively. Nine patients were enrolled in this study. Their mean age was 57.1 years. All the patients received a high-dose steroid or immunosuppressant. The onset (mean 6.6 days) of fever, cough, breathlessness, and geographical(More)
BACKGROUND Angiotensin II (AII) and transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) are closely involved in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy (DN). AII is known to induce TGF-beta production in resident renal cells, including glomerular mesangial cells and tubular epithelial cells. TGF-beta receptor types I and II (TGF-betaRI, II) are up-regulated in the(More)
We present a newly developed software called "QSNPlite" that comprehensively interprets the data of SSCP and sequencing analyses obtained from capillary array electrophoresis systems used in the quantitative characterization of SNPs. QSNPlite assists in the genotyping of individuals with SNPs and in estimating the allele frequencies of SNPs using pooled(More)