Kenichi Takemura

Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan

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Publications (4)12.72 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Recent studies demonstrated that myeloid cells are associated with systemic immunosuppression in tumor-bearing hosts. In particular, myeloid cells positive for Gr-1 and CD11b in tumor-bearing mice are called myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) because of their suppression of T-cell activation. In this study, we investigated the antitumor effects of corosolic acid (CA) in murine sarcoma model. The results from the in vivo study showed that CA administration did not suppress the tumor proliferation index, but significantly impaired subcutaneous tumor development and lung metastasis. Furthermore, CA administration inhibited signal transducer and activator of transcription-3 (Stat3) activation and increased in the number of infiltrating lymphocytes in tumor tissues. Ex vivo analysis demonstrated that a significant immunosuppressive effect of MDSC in tumor-bearing mice was abrogated and the mRNA expressions of cyclooxygenase-2 and CCL2 in MDSC were significantly decreased by CA administration. Furthermore, CA enhanced the antitumor effects of adriamycin and cisplatin in in vitro. Since Stat3 is associated with tumor progression not only in osteosarcoma, but also in other malignant tumors, our findings indicate that CA might be widely useful in anticancer therapy by targeting the immunosuppressive activity of MDSC and through its synergistic effects with anticancer agents.
    Molecular Nutrition & Food Research 06/2013; 57(6). DOI:10.1002/mnfr.201200610 · 4.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The class A scavenger receptor (SR-A, CD204), one of the principal receptors expressed on macrophages, has been found to regulate inflammatory response and attenuate septic endotoxemia. However, the detailed mechanism of this process has not yet been well characterized. To clarify the regulative mechanisms of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced macrophage activation by SR-A, we evaluated the activation of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4)-mediated signaling molecules in SR-A-deficient (SR-A(-/-)) macrophages. In a septic shock model, the blood levels of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interleukin (IL)-6 and interferon (IFN)-β were significantly increased in SR-A(-/-) mice compared to wild-type mice, and elevated nuclear factor kappa B (NFκB) activation was detected in SR-A(-/-) macrophages. SR-A deletion increased the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, and the phosphorylation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and NFκB in vitro. SR-A deletion also promoted the nuclear translocation of NFκB and IFN regulatory factor (IRF)-3. In addition, a competitive binding assay with acetylated low-density lipoprotein, an SR-A-specific ligand, and anti-SR-A antibody induced significant activation of TLR4-mediated signaling molecules in wild-type macrophages but not in SR-A(-/-) macrophages. These results suggest that SR-A suppresses the macrophage activation by inhibiting the binding of LPS to TLR4 in a competitive manner and it plays a pivotal role in the regulation of the LPS-induced inflammatory response.
    Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 08/2011; 411(3):516-22. DOI:10.1016/j.bbrc.2011.06.161 · 2.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Osteoclasts originate from bone marrow monocyte/macrophage lineage cells, and their differentiation depends on macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF) and receptor activator nuclear factor kappa B (RANK) ligand. Class A scavenger receptor (SR-A) is one of the principal functional molecules of macrophages, and its level of expression declines during osteoclast differentiation. To investigate the role of SR-A in osteoclastogenesis, we examined pathological changes in femoral bone and the expression levels of osteoclastogenesis-related molecules in SR-A(-/-) mice. The femoral osseous density of SR-A(-/-) mice was higher than that of SR-A(+/+) mice, and the number of multinucleated osteoclasts was significantly decreased. An in vitro differentiation assay revealed that the differentiation of multinucleated osteoclasts from bone marrow-derived progenitor cells is impaired in SR-A(-/-) mice. Elimination of SR-A did not alter the expression level of the M-CSF receptor, c-fms; however, the expression levels of RANK and RANK-related osteoclast-differentiation molecules such as nuclear factor of activated T-cells, cytoplasmic, calcineurin-dependent 1 (NFATc1) and microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF) significantly decreased. Furthermore, acetylated low-density lipoprotein (AcLDL), an SR-A ligand, significantly increased the expression level of RANK and MITF during osteoclast differentiation. These data indicate that SR-A promotes osteoclastogenesis via augmentation of the expression level of RANK and its related molecules.
    Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 01/2010; 391(4):1675-80. DOI:10.1016/j.bbrc.2009.12.126 · 2.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Class A scavenger receptors (SR-A, CD204) are highly expressed in tumor-associated macrophages (TAM). To investigate the function of SR-A in TAM, wild-type and SR-A-deficient (SR-A(-/-)) mice were injected with EL4 cells. Although these groups of mice did not differ in the numbers of infiltrating macrophages and lymphocytes and in neovascularization, SR-A(-/-) mice had delayed growth of EL4 tumors. Expression of inducible nitric oxide (NO) synthase and interferon (IFN)-gamma mRNA increased significantly in tumor tissues from SR-A(-/-) mice. Engulfment of necrotic EL4 cells induced upregulation of NO and IFN-gamma production by cultured macrophages, and production of NO and IFN-gamma increased in SR-A(-/-) macrophages in vitro. IFN-beta production by cultured macrophages was also elevated in SR-A(-/-) macrophages in vitro. These results suggested that the antitumor activity of macrophages increased in SR-A(-/-) mice because of upregulation of NO and IFN-gamma production. These data indicate an important role of SR-A in regulating TAM function by inhibiting toll-like receptor (TLR)4-IFN-beta signaling.
    Cancer Science 08/2009; 100(11):2160-6. DOI:10.1111/j.1349-7006.2009.01296.x · 3.52 Impact Factor