T Tanabe

National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, Ōsaka, Ōsaka, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: Prostaglandin I(2) (PGI(2)) plays an important role in the clinical treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). However, the administration of PGI(2) involves continuous intravenous infusion using an indwelling catheter, which limits the patient's quality of life and increases the risk of infection. We therefore investigated whether human PGI(2) synthase (hPGIS) gene transfer using an adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector is still effective in a mouse model of PAH and tested for differences in the therapeutic efficacy of PAH among AAV serotypes. The PAH was induced by subjecting mice to hypoxia (10% O(2)). Type 1 AAV expressing hPGIS (AAV1-hPGIS) or type 2 AAV expressing hPGIS (AAV2-hPGIS) was injected into the thigh muscle of mice. Both vectors expressing hPGIS produced strong hPGIS protein expression in the mouse thigh skeletal muscles after 8 weeks of hypoxia. The administration of AAV1-hPGIS or AAV2-hPGIS also significantly inhibited the hypoxia-induced increase in right ventricular systolic pressure, the ratio of right ventricular weight to body weight (RV/BW), and the ratio of RV weight to left ventricular plus septal weight (RV/LV + S), and significantly attenuated the hypoxia-induced increase in medial wall thickness of peripheral pulmonary arteries. Furthermore, there were no significant differences in the degree of amelioration in RV systolic pressure, RV/BW, RV/LV + S, and percentage of wall thickness of peripheral pulmonary arteries between AAV1-hPGIS and AAV2-hPGIS administrations. In conclusion, we revealed that type 1 and type 2 AAV are equally effective for the treatment of PAH in a hypoxia-induced mouse model. Gene-transfer therapy using AAV expressing hPGIS is, therefore, a potential therapeutic breakthrough for PAH.
    Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics 09/2012; · 3.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Although prostaglandin I2 is used to treat pulmonary hypertension (PH), continuous intravenous administration is necessary. We investigated whether human PGIS (hPGIS) gene transfer using adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector was effective in treating an animal model of PH. PH was induced by subjecting mice to 10% O(2). Type 1-AAV-hPGIS was injected into the left thigh muscle after 24h. Significant PH was induced at 8 weeks, but AAV-hPGIS administration significantly inhibited the increase in RV systolic pressure. PH-induced BNP up-regulation in the RV was reduced to the control level. The severe medial thickening of pulmonary arteries in PH was significantly suppressed by AAV-hPGIS. The hPGIS gene was detected only on the injected side. No pathological changes were observed at the injected site. At 24 weeks, all PH mice were deceased, but 47% of AAV-hPGIS-treated mice survived. This study demonstrated that AAV-hPGIS administration was effective in treating PH and prolonging survival.
    Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 12/2007; 363(3):656-61. · 2.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Acute hypoxia increases ventilatory drive in conscious animals, resulting in tachycardia. Sustained hypoxia changes the initial chemoreflex ventilatory increase to secondary ventilatory depression, which then evokes a gradual secondary heart rate (HR) reduction. Prostacyclin (PGI(2)) release is known to potentiate alpha(2)-adrenoreceptor (alpha(2)-AR) mediated inhibition of sympathoactivation during ischaemia and hypoxia. We examined whether alpha(2)-AR mediated sympathoinhibition was responsible for limiting hypoxic heart rate increases during initial sympathoactivation, and subsequent secondary HR depression, and if PGI(2) is required for sympathoinhibition of HR. The responses of unrestrained PGI(2) synthase deficient (PGID) and wild type (WT) mice to acute hypoxia (10% O(2) for 30 min) were investigated by simultaneous telemetry, whole body plethysmography and open-flow respirometry. PGID mice exhibited potentiated .V(E) (p < 0.007) after intraperitoneal vehicle injection (n = 8), but not so HR responses compared to WT mice during sustained hypoxia. Idazoxan (alpha(2)-AR antagonist, i.p. bolus 3 mg/kg) pretreatment did not change hypoxic ventilatory response in either group, but significantly elevated hypoxic HR in WT mice only (p < 0.013). Sodium meclofenamate (cyclooxygenase inhibition, i.p. bolus 25 mg/kg) pretreatment eliminated the potentiated .V(E) of PGID and caused significant basal hypotension that led to a transient hypertensive response to hypoxia. From these results, we suggest that alpha(2)-AR activation is required for coupling HR to central inspiratory drive during acute hypoxia, and that PGI(2) is required to enhance the inhibition of sympathoactivation.
    Pflügers Archiv - European Journal of Physiology 04/2007; 454(1):29-39. · 4.87 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Although skin diseases are one of the target diseases for gene therapy, there has been no practical gene transfer method. First, we examined gene transfer efficiency of the spring-powered jet injector, Shima Jet, which was originally developed as a non-needle jet injector of insulin. Local gene expression was about 100 times higher when the luciferase plasmid was transferred by the Shima Jet than by a needle. Gene transfer of beta-galactosidase revealed gene expression in the epidermis. Based on these results, we then examined the potential of gene therapy using the Shima Jet for wound healing. An increase of cellular proliferation of the epidermis and the number of microvessels in the granulation tissue was observed after hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) gene transfer. An increase in blood flow around the wound was observed after prostacyclin synthase (PGIS) gene transfer. Moreover, promotion on wound healing was observed in HGF gene transferred group, and further promotion was observed in combined gene transferred group as assessed by measuring wound area. These results indicate that co-transfer of HGF and PGIS genes by the Shima Jet could be an effective strategy to wound healing.
    Gene Therapy 09/2006; 13(15):1143-52. · 4.32 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The gene encoding hydroxypyruvate reductase, catalyzing the asymmetric reduction of hydroxypyruvate to d-glycerate, and its flanking regions were isolated from a methylotrophic bacterium, Hyphomicrobium methylovorum GM2. Nucleotide sequencing of the recombinant plasmids revealed that the hydroxypyruvate-reductase gene codes for the 322-amino-acid protein with calculated molecular mass 35726 Da. The sequence was confirmed by sequencing the intact enzyme and peptides obtained by digestion of the enzyme with Achromobacter proteinase I. The amino acid sequence of the enzyme showed similarity to members of the d-isomer-specific 2-hydroxyacid dehydrogenase family. The recombinant plasmid, which was constructed by ligation of the cloned gene and an expression vector pKK223-3, was introduced into Escherichia coli HB101. The recombinant enzyme purified from the transformed E. coli cells was indistinguishable from the enzyme isolated from H. methylovorum GM2 by immunological and enzymological analyses.
    European Journal of Biochemistry. 03/2005; 223(3):727 - 732.
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    ABSTRACT: The gene encoding serine hydroxymethyltransferase (SHMT), one of the key enzymes of the one-carbon-compound assimilation of a methylotroph, Hyphomicrobium methylovorum GM2, and its flanking regions were isolated using a DNA fragment encoding Escherichia coli SHMT as a probe. Nucleotide sequencing of the recombinant plasmids revealed the SHMT gene codes for the 434-amino-acid protein with a calculated molecular mass of 46 068 Da. The amino-acid sequence of the enzyme showed identity to the sequences of the enzymes from E. coli (55%) and rabbit liver (44%). The recombinant plasmid, which was constructed by ligation of the cloned gene and an expression vector pKK223-3, was introduced to an SHMT-deficient E. coli mutant ME5427 (glyA−). The transformed E. coli cells expressed SHMT, which was immunologically and enzymologically indistinguishable from the enzyme isolated from H. methylovorum GM2.
    European Journal of Biochemistry. 03/2005; 212(3):745 - 750.
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    ABSTRACT: Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is a multi-potent growth factor, which has anti-fibrotic effects for lung injuries. In this study, we investigated whether human HGF gene transfer may attenuate the medial hypertrophy of pulmonary arteries and enhance the ameliorating effect of prostacyclin in monocrotaline (MCT)-induced pulmonary hypertension in rats. METHODS and The day before MCT injection, HVJ-liposome complex with the cDNA encoding HGF gene (H group), PGIS gene (P group), and both HGF and PGIS gene (HP group) were transfected to the liver of rats as drug delivery system for the lung. Rats transfected with control vector served as controls (C group). Twenty-eight days after MCT injection, histological examination showed marked thickening of medial wall of pulmonary arteries and right ventricular hypertrophy. Percent medial wall thickness (%WT) of peripheral pulmonary arteries, pressure ratio of the right ventricle (RV) to the left ventricle (LV), and weight ratio of the RV to the LV plus septum were significantly increased in the control. Percent medial wall thickness was significantly ameliorated in H group and HP group in comparison with C group. Pressure and weight ratio of RV to LV was significantly ameliorated in P group and HP group in comparison with C group, and was significantly ameliorated in HP group than P group. In vivo gene transfection with HGF gene attenuated the medial hypertrophy of pulmonary arteries and enhanced the ameliorating effect of prostacyclin for pulmonary hypertension in MCT rats. Thus, gene therapy with HGF and PGIS may be a promising strategy for severe pulmonary hypertension.
    European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery 01/2005; 26(6):1092-7. · 2.67 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Prostacyclin synthase (PGIS), which catalyzes the conversion of prostaglandin (PG) H(2) to prostacyclin (PGI(2)), is a member of the cytochrome P-450 (P450) superfamily, CYP8A1. To study the enzymatic and protein characteristics of human PGIS, the enzyme was overexpressed in Spodoptera frugiperda 21 (Sf21) cells using the baculovirus expression system. PGIS was expressed in the microsomes of the infected Sf21 cells after culture in 5 microg/ml hematin-supplemented medium for 72 h. The holoenzyme was isolated from the solubilized microsomal fraction by calcium phosphate gel absorption and purified to homogeneity by DEAE-Sepharose and hydroxyapatite column chromatography. The K(m) and V(max) values of the purified human PGIS for PGH(2) were 30 microM and 15 micromol/min/mg of protein at 24 degrees C, respectively. The optical absorption and EPR spectra of the enzyme revealed the characteristics of a low-spin form of P450 in the oxidized state. The carbon monoxide-reduced difference spectrum, however, exhibited a peak at 418 nm rather than 450 nm. The addition of a PGH(2) analogue, U46619, to the enzyme produced an oxygen-ligand type of the difference spectrum with maximum absorption at 407 nm and minimum absorption at 430 nm. Treatment with another PGH(2) analogue, U44069, produced a peak at 387 nm and a trough at 432 nm in the spectrum (Type I), while treatment with tranylcypromine, a PGIS inhibitor, produced a peak at 434 nm and a trough at 412 nm (Type II). A Cys441His mutant of the enzyme possessed no heme-binding ability or enzyme activity. Thus, we succeeded in obtaining a sufficient amount of the purified recombinant human PGIS from infected insect cells for spectral analyses that has high specific activity and the characteristics of a P450, indicating substrate specificity.
    Journal of Biochemistry 05/2004; 135(4):455-63. · 3.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-1 (mPGES-1) catalyzes the conversion of cyclooxygenase-derived prostaglandin (PG) H(2) to PGE(2). Increased amounts of mPGES-1 were detected in inflamed intestinal mucosa from patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Treatment with tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha stimulated mPGES-1 transcription in human colonocytes, resulting in increased amounts of mPGES-1 mRNA and protein. The inductive effect of TNF-alpha localized to the GC box region of the mPGES-1 promoter. Binding of Egr-1 to the GC box region of the mPGES-1 promoter was enhanced by treatment with TNF-alpha. Notably, increased Egr-1 expression and binding activity were also detected in inflamed mucosa from IBD patients. Treatment with TNF-alpha induced the activities of phosphatidylcholine-phospholipase C (PC-PLC) and protein kinase (PK) C and enhanced NO production. A pharmacological approach was used to implicate PC-PLC --> PKC --> NO signaling as being important for the induction of mPGES-1 by TNF-alpha. TNF-alpha also enhanced guanylate cyclase activity and inhibitors of guanylate cyclase activity blocked the induction of mPGES-1 by TNF-alpha. YC-1, an activator of guanylate cyclase, induced mPGES-1. Overexpressing a dominant negative form of PKG blocked TNF-alpha-mediated stimulation of the mPGES-1 promoter. Taken together, these results suggest that overexpression of mPGES-1 in IBD is the result of Egr-1-mediated activation of transcription. Moreover, TNF-alpha induced mPGES-1 by stimulating PC-PLC --> PKC --> NO --> cGMP --> PKG signal transduction pathway.
    Journal of Biological Chemistry 04/2004; 279(13):12647-58. · 4.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Although clinical trials of therapeutic angiogenesis by angiogenic growth factors with intramuscular injection of naked plasmid DNA have been successful, there are still unresolved problems such as low transfection efficiency. From this viewpoint, we performed the following modifications: (1) combination with vasodilation using prostacyclin and (2) changing the agents or volume of naked plasmid DNA in vivo. First, we examined cotransfection of the VEGF gene with the prostacyclin synthase gene in a mouse hindlimb ischemia model. Cotransfection of the VEGF gene with the prostacyclin synthase gene resulted in a further increase in blood flow and capillary density compared with single VEGF gene. Similar results were obtained with other angiogenic growth factors, such as hepatocyte growth factor (HGF). Alternatively, we changed the injection volume of the solution of plasmid DNA. Luciferase activity was increased in a volume-dependent manner. An increase in injection volume at 1 site rather than separate injections at multiple sites resulted in high transfection efficiency, which suggests that transfection of naked plasmid DNA is mediated by pressure. Interestingly, treatment with hyperbaric oxygen increased the transfection efficiency. Finally, we also examined the effects of different solutions. Saline and PBS, but not water, achieved high transfection efficiency. In addition, sucrose solution but not glucose solution resulted in high luciferase activity. Overall, angiogenesis might be enhanced by cotransfection of prostacyclin synthase gene or an increase in injection volume and osmotic pressure. These data provide important information for the clinical application of therapeutic angiogenesis to treat peripheral arterial disease.
    Circulation 11/2003; 108(21):2689-96. · 15.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The current therapeutic angiogenesis strategy to treat ischemic disease by using angiogenic growth factors has been limited to use of a single gene. However, as vasodilator substances such as prostacyclin are widely used for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease, it might be useful to combine angiogenesis with vasodilation of new vessels. In a mouse hind limb ischemia model, cotransfection of the hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) gene with the prostacyclin synthase gene demonstrated a further increase in blood flow and capillary density compared with a single gene. Even in the rabbit ischemia model, cotransfection of HGF plasmid with the prostacyclin synthase gene demonstrated a further increase in angiogenic activity compared with HGF alone. Because peripheral neuropathy due to diabetes is common for significant morbidity, we examined the hypothesis that experimental diabetic neuropathy can be reversed by HGF and prostacyclin synthase genes. Severe peripheral neuropathy, characterized by significant slowing of nerve conduction velocity compared with nondiabetic control animals, was ameliorated. Overall, cotransfection of the prostacyclin synthase and HGF genes is more effective than single-gene transfection to stimulate angiogenesis, and it significantly improved neuropathy. These data provide important information relating to the clinical application of therapeutic angiogenesis to treat peripheral arterial disease.
    The FASEB Journal 05/2003; 17(6):779-81. · 5.70 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Prostacyclin (PGI(2)), a potent smooth muscle relaxant, is a major prostaglandin secreted from human myometrium. The concentrations of PGI(2) metabolites in the maternal plasma were reported to be elevated during pregnancy, especially in labor. To clarify the mechanism in PGI(2) secretion from the myometrium, we first investigated the protein expression of cytosolic phospholipase A(2), cyclooxygenase (COX)-1, COX-2, and prostacyclin synthase (PGIS) in the human uterine myometrium at various gestational ages before labor. To elucidate the involvement of labor in the increase in PGI(2) production during labor, we next examined the effect of labor-like cyclic mechanical stretch on PGI(2) production by cultured human myometrial cells. Pregnancy specifically increased COX-1 and PGIS protein expression in the myometrial tissues before labor (P < 0.01 for both). Cyclic mechanical stretch augmented PGIS promoter activity, via activation of activator protein-1 site, and PGIS mRNA and protein expression in cultured human myometrial cells and resulted in a 3.5-fold increase in the concentration of 6-keto-prostaglandin F(1alpha), the stable metabolite of PGI(2), in the culture medium (P < 0.05). However, stretch did not affect the levels of prostaglandin E(2), prostaglandin F(2alpha), or thromboxane A(2) secreted into the same culture media. These results suggest that cyclic mechanical stretch during labor may contribute to the increase in the PGI(2) concentration in the maternal plasma during parturition.
    Journal of Clinical Endocrinology &amp Metabolism 12/2002; 87(11):5209-19. · 6.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Prostacyclin (PGI2) is a short-lived endogenous inhibitor of platelet aggregation and a potent vasodilator and regulator of the growth of vascular smooth muscle cells. To study the role of PGI2 in the vascular system in vivo, PGI2-deficient (PGID) mice were established by genetic disruption of the PGI2 synthase gene. PGI2 synthase-null mice were generated by replacing the exons of PGI2 synthase gene that encodes for the catalytic site of the enzyme with a neomycin resistance gene. In these mice, PGI2 levels in the plasma, kidneys, and lungs were reduced, whereas thromboxane and prostaglandin E2 levels became elevated. Blood pressure and the amounts of urea nitrogen and creatinine in plasma of the PGID mice were significantly higher than those of wild-type mice (P<0.05). They developed progressive morphological abnormalities in the kidneys, accompanied by atrophy, surface irregularity, fibrosis, cyst, arterial sclerosis, and hypertrophy of vessel walls. Thickening of the thoracic aortic media and adventitia were observed in aged PGID mice. Importantly, these phenotypes have not been reported in PGI2 receptor-deficient mice. PGI2 deficiency resulted in the development of vascular disorders with the thickening of vascular walls and interstitial fibrosis, especially in mouse kidneys. The findings demonstrated in vivo that PGI2 is important in the homeostasis of blood vessels. Our established PGID mice are useful for studies on the initiation and development of vascular diseases, such as ischemic renal disorders with arterial sclerosis and infarction, and also for studies on the novel signaling pathway of PGI2.
    Circulation 10/2002; 106(18):2397-403. · 15.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Membrane-associated prostaglandin (PG) E2 synthase (mPGES) is an inducible terminal enzyme in the biosynthetic pathway for prostaglandin E2, which participates in many biological processes. In this study, we investigated the molecular mechanism controlling the inducible expression of mPGES. The mouse mPGES gene consisted of three exons, and its 5'-proximal promoter contained consensus motifs for the binding of several transcription factors. Transgenic expression in mice of the mouse mPGES promoter flanked by a reporter gene resulted in stimulus-dependent induction of the reporter in tissues where mPGES was intrinsically induced. Deletion and site-specific mutation analyses of the 5'-flanking region demonstrated that stimulus-inducible expression of mouse and human mPGES required tandem GC boxes adjacent to the initiation site. The stimulus-induced GC box binding activity was present in nuclear extracts of cells, in which the proximal GC box was essential for binding. An 80-kDa stimulus-inducible nuclear protein that bound to this GC box was identified as the transcription factor Egr-1 (for early growth response-1). These results suggest that Egr-1 is a key transcription factor in regulating the inducible expression of mPGES.
    Journal of Biological Chemistry 09/2002; 277(32):28601-8. · 4.65 Impact Factor
  • Toshihisa Hatae, Tadashi Tanabe
    Seikagaku. The Journal of Japanese Biochemical Society 08/2002; 74(7):551-4. · 0.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: As one of the future strategies of advanced pulmonary hypertension, intrinsic prostacyclin drug delivery using gene therapy may be useful. We investigated whether transfer of the prostacyclin synthase gene into the liver could ameliorate monocrotaline-induced pulmonary hypertension in rats. The human prostacyclin synthase gene was transfected into the liver of rats with monocrotaline-induced pulmonary hypertension. Hemodynamic indices, blood samples, lung tissues, and survival curves were evaluated between rats receiving the gene and control rats. High levels of prostacyclin synthase gene expression were found in the hepatocytes of the prostacyclin synthase group. The level of 6-keto-prostaglandin F(1alpha) was significantly higher in the prostacyclin synthase group (prostacyclin synthase, 35.4 +/- 4.4 ng/mL; control, 22.3 +/- 3.3 ng/mL; P =.0436). The right ventricular/femoral artery pressure ratio was significantly lower in the prostacyclin synthase group than in the control group (prostacyclin synthase, 0.60 +/- 0.039; control, 0.88 +/- 0.051; P =.0036). The endothelin-1 levels in the lung tissues were significantly lower in the prostacyclin synthase group than in the control group (prostacyclin synthase, 10.42 +/- 2.01 pg/mg protein; control, 19.94 +/- 2.82 pg/mg protein; P =.0176). The survival ratio was significantly higher in the prostacyclin synthase group than the control group (P =.0375). This drug delivery system using gene transfer can be considered as an alternative for continuous intravenous prostacyclin infusion for pulmonary hypertension.
    Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 06/2002; 123(5):855-61. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: An association of gallbladder carcinoma with cholelithiasis suggests that chronic inflammation may modulate tumorigenesis and/or progression of the carcinoma. An enhanced expression of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) is observed frequently in advanced carcinomas of gastrointestinal tracts, which in turn suggests that potentiated arachidonate metabolism may play a crucial role in tumor biology. In the present study, the expression levels of COX-2 and prostaglandin E receptor subtypes were determined in 16 cases of gallbladder carcinomas of different depths of invasion (pT(1) 3, pT(2) 2, pT(3) 4, and pT(4) 7) to determine the role of arachidonate metabolism in tumor growth and progression. The mRNA levels of COX-2 were increased significantly in pT(3) and pT(4) carcinomas compared with the levels in pT(1) and pT(2) carcinomas. Immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization revealed the existence of COX-2 mRNA and protein in both the cancerous epithelia and adjacent stroma of pT(1)-pT(4) carcinomas. Only in pT(3) and pT(4) carcinomas was intense expression of COX-2 observed in the adjacent stroma. The tissue concentration of PGE(2) was significantly increased in pT(3) and pT(4) carcinomas. The mRNAs of PGE receptor subtypes EP(2), EP(3), and EP(4) were amplified in pT(1)-pT(4) gallbladder carcinomas, in which their mRNAs and EP(4) protein were expressed mostly in the cancerous epithelia. Treatment with a specific EP(4) agonist, as well as PGE(2) but not EP(2) and EP(3) agonists, up-regulated the expression of c-fos, an induced growth response gene, and increased colony formation. In advanced gallbladder carcinoma, enhanced expression of COX-2 is observed in the adjacent stroma rather than in the cancerous epithelia, and the stroma is a potent source of PG synthesis. In epithelial-stromal interactions, the increased PGE(2) synthesis in the adjacent stroma and its biological effect via EP(4) on the carcinoma cells may contribute to tumor growth and progression of gallbladder carcinoma.
    Clinical Cancer Research 05/2002; 8(4):1157-67. · 7.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We identified genes that were differentially expressed between spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and Wistar-Kyoto rats (WKY) using cDNA microarray analysis, and analyzed the correlation between these genes and hypertension. Twenty four genes were found to be up-regulated and 20 were down-regulated in SHR. We selected 11 genes (6 up-regulated genes: SAH, Hsp70, MCT1, RBP, IDI1, Prion; and 5 down-regulated genes: Thrombin, Dyn, SOD3, Ela1, Gst Y(b)) and subjected them to an F2 cosegregation analysis. One hundred five F2 rats were obtained from the same strains used for microarray analysis, and blood pressure was measured directly with a catheter implanted in the femoral artery. The genotypes of monocarboxylate transporter 1 and glutathione S-transferase Y(b) subunit significantly affected diastolic blood pressure in F2 rats, and these two genes are located near each other on chromosome 2. However, quantitative trait loci (QTL) analysis in this region revealed that the QTL for diastolic blood pressure were from these two genes. Antihypertensive treatment with either enalapril or hydralazine only affected the expression level of Hsp70, which was up-regulated by hydralazine, probably through compensatory sympathetic activation. We were unable to associate the other 10 genes with hypertension in SHR. Based on these results, the identification of differentially expressed genes may not be an efficient method for selecting candidate genes for hypertension in the SHR-WKY system.
    Hypertension Research 04/2002; 25(2):249-55. · 2.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Recent epidemiological and experimental investigations suggest a close relationship between cyclooxygenase (COX) and pathogenesis of colorectal cancer. There are two isoforms, COX-1 and COX-2, which differ in physiological functions and distribution. This study is to investigate the possible roles of both isoforms in the proliferation of colon carcinoma cells. A human colon carcinoma cell line, COLO 320DM, was transfected with an eukaryotic expression vector (pEF-BOS) carrying cDNA of either COX-1 or COX-2. Both COX-1 and COX-2-expressing cells exhibited a similar enzyme activity, 8-10 nmol/10 min/mg of protein. Growth rates of both COX-expressing cells were increased by about 2 fold as compared with mock-transfected cells. The stimulated growth of the COX-expressing cells was confirmed by the increased DNA synthesis as assessed by [3H]thymidine incorporation. Furthermore, expression of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) was markedly increased in the COX-expressing cells as examined by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). A COX inhibitor, indomethacin, suppressed the stimulated growth, increased DNA synthesis and induction of epidermal growth factor receptor in the COX-1 and COX-2-transfected cells. These results suggest that not only COX-2 but COX-1 is involved in the proliferation of human colon carcinoma cells through the induction of EGFR.
    Advances in experimental medicine and biology 02/2002; 507:403-7. · 1.83 Impact Factor
  • Advances in experimental medicine and biology 02/2002; 507:281-6. · 1.83 Impact Factor

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  • 1987–2007
    • National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center
      • Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
      Ōsaka, Ōsaka, Japan
  • 2002
    • Kanazawa Medical University
      • Department of Pharmacology
      Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa-ken, Japan
    • Osaka University
      • Department of Beam Materials Science
      Ibaraki, Osaka-fu, Japan
  • 1999–2001
    • Osaka City University
      • Faculty of Engineering
      Ōsaka-shi, Osaka-fu, Japan
    • New York Presbyterian Hospital
      • Department of Pain Medicine
      New York City, New York, United States
  • 1997–2000
    • Hirosaki University
      • Department of Anesthesiology
      Khirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, Japan
  • 1997–1998
    • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
      • • Department of Medicine
      • • Department of Surgery
      New York City, NY, United States
  • 1994–1997
    • The University of Tokushima
      • Department of Biochemistry
      Tokusima, Tokushima, Japan
    • University of Louisville
      Louisville, Kentucky, United States
  • 1993
    • Tottori University
      • Department of Biotechnology
      Tottori, Tottori-ken, Japan