Yushi Kihira

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Matrilysin is believed to play important roles in tumor progression and metastasis. In the present study, we analyzed matrilysin-producing cells in various human cancer tissues by immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization. Tumor cells in colorectal carcinomas, pancreatic carcinomas, transitional-cell carcinomas of the kidney and small-cell lung(More)
Matrix metalloproteinase-7 (MMP-7) is a member of the family of matrix-degrading metalloproteinases that are believed to contribute to the complex process of cancer invasion and metastasis. The secretion level of MMP-7 as assayed by immunoblot analysis was low but distinct in the culture medium of a human colon carcinoma cell line, WIDr, whereas none of the(More)
PURPOSE Matrix metalloproteinase-7 (MMP-7), one of the extracellular matrix-degrading metalloproteinases, plays an important role in carcinoma invasion and metastasis. Tissue inhibitor metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1), one of the inhibitors of MMP-7, regulates extracellular matrix turnover. MATERIALS AND METHODS Gene expression levels of MMP-7 and TIMP-1 were(More)
Myoglobin reconstituted with manganese porphycene was prepared in an effort to generate a new biocatalyst and was characterized by spectroscopic techniques. The X-ray crystal structure of the reconstituted protein reveals that the artificial cofactor is located in the intrinsic heme-binding site with weak ligation by His93. Interestingly, the reconstituted(More)
Metastatic potential of prostate cancer is thought to correlate with the degradation of basement membrane components by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). The MMP-7 (matrilysin) gene is overexpressed in prostate cancer as well as colorectum and brain cancer. In order to clarify the relation of MMP-7 to clinical stages of prostate cancer, recombinant human(More)
Neutral and alkaline proteases (chymotrypsin-like serine proteases) are tightly bound to chromatin in nuclei of various tissues of rats, and rapidly growing cells are abundant in the latter enzyme. Activities per mg DNA of these enzymes were measured with fractions of euchromatin, heterochromatin, nucleoli and extranucleoli from normal and regenerating(More)
An epithelial cell line derived from the liver of a normal Buffalo rat (BRL) was transformed by Rous sarcoma virus (RSV). The RSV-transformed cells were separated into five clones (RSV-BRL1 through 5), which were morphologically different. RSV-BRL cells exhibited the following characteristics distinct from those of BRL cells: tumorigenicity, irregular cell(More)
To characterize structural features of the regions of the yeast type 2 ADP/ATP carrier (yAAC2) facing the cytosol, we prepared its Cys-less mutant, in which all four cysteine residues were replaced by alanine residues. The Cys-less mutant functioned like native yAAC2, showing that the cysteine residues are not essential. We then prepared cysteine mutants by(More)
BACKGROUND Matrix metalloproteinases-7 (MMP-7), one of an extracellular matrixdegrading metalloproteinase, play an important role tumor invasion and metastasis. We investigated localization, biochemical characterization and mRNA expression of MMP-7 in prostate tissues. METHODS Immunohistochemical method, SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and northern(More)
The non-malignant epithelial cell line from Buffalo rat liver (BRL) and its malignant transformant obtained by Rous sarcoma virus infection (RSV-BRL) were used as the indicators. A survey was made in animals for growth inhibitors which could inhibit the growth of BRL, but not the growth of RSV-BRL in culture, under the consideration that the loss of the(More)