Yumiko Katoh

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To analyze the role of heat shock response in the cochleae, we induced major heat shock proteins, Hsp70, Hsp90, and Hsp27 by perfusion of hot saline into the middle ear cavity (called 'local heat shock') in guinea pigs. Hsps were induced in almost all of the cochlear cells including the sensory hair cells in the organ of Corti. We showed that loss of both(More)
Heat shock response, which is characterized by the induction of a set of heat shock proteins, is essential for induced thermotolerance and is regulated by heat shock transcription factors (HSFs). Curiously, HSF1 is essential for heat shock response in mammals, whereas in avian HSF3, an avian-specific factor is required for the burst activation of heat shock(More)
Protein aggregates are oligomeric complexes of misfolded proteins, and serve as the seeds of inclusion bodies termed aggresomes in the cells. Heat shock proteins (Hsps) prevent misfolding and aggregate formation. Here, we found that only avian Hsp25 dominantly accumulated in the aggresomes induced by proteasome inhibition. Molecular cloning of chicken Hsp25(More)
Troglitazone (Tro) is a thiazolidinedione antidiabetic drug that was withdrawn from the market due to its association with idiosyncratic severe liver injury. Tro has never induced liver injury in experimental animals in vivo. It was assumed that the species differences between human and experimental animals in the pharmaco- or toxicokinetics of Tro might be(More)
The expression of drug transporters and metabolizing enzymes is a primary determinant of drug disposition. Chimeric mice with humanized liver, including PXB mice, are an available model that is permissive to the in vivo infection of hepatitis C virus (HCV), thus being a promising tool for investigational studies in development of new antiviral molecules. To(More)
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