Tatsuo Itakura

Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Hamamatu, Shizuoka, Japan

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Publications (7)21.17 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Foxp2 is expressed in the lung during mouse development. A monoclonal anti-mouse Foxp2 antibody was created to determine the expression pattern in the developing lung. Next, transcriptional control of two lung genes, CC10 and surfactant protein C (SPC) genes, by Foxp2 was investigated in H441 and A549 cells. Thirdly, expression patterns of Foxp2 and Foxf2 were compared in the developing lung. Finally, Foxp2 expression was determined in the Foxf2-null mice. Immunohistochemical staining and in situ hybridization were applied to the sections of lungs in the developing embryos. Monoclonal anti-Foxp2 antibody demonstrated that Foxp2 was expressed in the bronchial epithelium at E10.5 and its expression became restricted to the distal portion of the elongating bronchiolar epithelium and finally to type II alveolar epithelial cells around birth and in the adult. Foxp2 activated the SPC gene promoter in the presence of Nkx2.1 in A549 cells while it repressed the CC10 gene promoter in H441 cells. Next, the expression domains of the Foxp2 and Foxf2 were found to be exclusive in the lung. Finally, the expression of Foxp2 did not change in the lung of Foxf2-null mice. The Foxp2 protein is expressed in the growing distal edge of airway epithelium. When the bronchiolus elongates, Foxp2 suppresses CC10 expression. When the lung alveolus is formed, Foxp2 modulates the Nkx2.1-mediated SPC expression in type II alveolar cells. Foxp2 and Foxf2 independently play distinct roles in the alveoli and the mesenchyme, respectively.
    Life sciences 07/2010; 87(1-2):17-25. · 2.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To study the expression/function of Tbx10, a T-box gene, Tbx10(LacZ/+) mice were established by replacing the T-box coding region with a LacZ gene. X-gal staining showed that LacZ(+) cells were localized to two-cell populations in rhombomere 4 and rhombomere 6. No significant differences in the locations of LacZ(+) cells were found between Tbx10(LacZ/+) and Tbx10(LacZ/LacZ) mice, and the Tbx10(LacZ/LacZ) mice were viable and fertile. We found that the LacZ(+) cells are present in both embryonic and adult mice. Histological studies suggest that the rhombomere 4-derived LacZ(+) cells are a subpopulation of the ventral interneurons in the pons.
    genesis 02/2010; 48(5):295-302. · 2.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To study the expression/function of Tbx10, a T-box gene, Tbx10LacZ/+ mice were established by replacing the T-box coding region with a LacZ gene. X-gal staining showed that LacZ+ cells were localized to two-cell populations in rhombomere 4 and rhombomere 6. No significant differences in the locations of LacZ+ cells were found between Tbx10LacZ/+ and Tbx10LacZ/LacZ mice, and the Tbx10LacZ/LacZ mice were viable and fertile. We found that the LacZ+ cells are present in both embryonic and adult mice. Histological studies suggest that the rhombomere 4-derived LacZ+ cells are a subpopulation of the ventral interneurons in the pons.
    genesis 01/2010; 48(5). · 2.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Forkhead box (Fox) genes are involved in organogenesis and cell differentiation. A mutation of FOXP2 was discovered in patients with severe defects in speech and language. The medaka FoxP2 was cloned in order to clarify the molecular evolution and difference in the protein structure and function by comparing human/mouse and medaka genes. The result showed that medaka FoxP2 had a 73.7% homology to the human and mouse counterparts, and its zinc finger, leucine zipper and forkhead domain structures were conserved. However, medaka FoxP2 lacked a long polyglutamine repeat and had two insertions of unique amino acid sequences. FoxP2 expression was found in the epiphysis and retina, in addition to the midbrain and cerebellum. The transcriptional assay revealed that medaka FoxP2 showed a very weak repressive activity to the CC10 promoter while mouse Foxp2 exhibited a strong repressive activity. Mutational analyses of medaka FoxP2 showed that the three amino acids of forkhead domain were responsible for the weak repressive activity. These results suggest that medaka FoxP2 may play a different function in the development of the medaka fish.
    Journal of Biochemistry 04/2008; 143(3):407-16. · 3.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) antagonists regulate the pleiotropic actions of BMPs by binding to BMPs. We previously isolated the Neurogenesin-1 (Ng1) gene and found that Ng1 protein induces neuronal differentiation in the brain. In this study, we found that Ng1 was expressed in the primordial cells of the skeleton and investigated whether Ng1 protein inhibited the BMP action to induce osteoblastic differentiation in C2C12 myoblasts. Interestingly, Ng1 protein inhibited the BMP7-induced alkaline phosphatase activity while it did not inhibit the BMP2-induced activity. All data suggest that Ng1 protein plays an important role in the embryonic bone formation by differentially regulating BMPs.
    Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 07/2006; 344(3):786-91. · 2.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In Foxj1 knockout mice, half show situs solitus while the other half show situs inversus, which means a random determination of the left-right axis. In contrast, the inv mutant mice show a mirror-image configuration of the internal organs, which means a reversal of the left-right axis. Although these two mutant mice have primary cilia on the nodal cells, their phenotypes are different in laterality determination. We thus made Foxj1/inv double mutant mice and analyzed their phenotype. We found the phenotypes of Foxj1/inv double mutant mice to be more similar to those of the Foxj1 mutant mice than those of the inv mutant mice. We also found right pulmonary isomerism to be a major phenotype of the Foxj1 mutant mice and the Foxj1/inv double mutant mice, which is likely due to the absence of the Pitx2 expression at both lateral plate mesoderms. These results indicate that a random signal of laterality (Foxj1) is dominant over the reversal signal of laterality (Inv).
    Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 02/2006; 339(3):932-8. · 2.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Foxc2/MFH-1 is a member of the forkhead family of transcription factors and Foxc2-deficient mice exhibit aortic arch anomalies (type B interruption of the aortic arch). Endothelin receptor type-A (ETA) is one of the two known endothelin receptors that belong to the G-protein-coupled receptor family. ETA-deficient mice show defects in the great arteries, primarily type B interruption of the aortic arch. Based on similar phenotypes in the cardiovascular system of Foxc2- and ETA-deficient mice, we investigated whether Foxc2 and ETA have a close relationship in aortic arch patterning. The Foxc2 and ETA homozygotes were obtained by crossing the Foxc2 and ETA heterozygotes, respectively. The double Foxc2/ETA homozygotes were obtained by crossing the double Foxc2/ETA heterozygotes. We investigated the expression of ETA in Foxc2-null mice and the expression of Foxc2 in ETA-null mice and found that the absence of either Foxc2 or ETA had no effect on the expression of the other. Next, we analyzed mice lacking both Foxc2 and ETA to examine the relationship between Foxc2 and ETA on aortic arch patterning in vivo. We found that the majority of Foxc2/ETA double-mutant embryos died around 11.5 dpc and that all surviving mice had persistent truncus arteriosus. The results suggest that Foxc2- and ETA-expressing cells additively form the aorticopulmonary septum.
    Cardiovascular Research 03/2005; 65(3):711-8. · 5.81 Impact Factor