Kazuhisa Iwabuchi

Juntendo University, Edo, Tōkyō, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: Ceramide is important for water retention and permeability barrier functions in the stratum corneum, and plays a key role in the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis (AD). A Pseudomonas aeruginosa-derived neutral ceramidase (PaCDase) isolated from a patient with AD was shown to effectively degrade ceramide in the presence of Staphylococcus aureus-derived lipids or neutral detergents. However, the effect of ceramide metabolites on the functions of differentiating keratinocytes is poorly understood. We found that the ceramide metabolite sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) stimulated the production of inflammatory mediators such as TNF-α and IL-8 from three-dimensionally cultured human primary keratinocytes (termed "3D keratinocytes"), which form a stratum corneum. PaCDase alone did not affect TNF-α gene expression in 3D keratinocytes. In the presence of the detergent Triton X-100, which damages stratum corneum structure, PaCDase, but not heat-inactivated PaCDase or PaCDase-inactive mutant, induced the production of TNF-α, endothelin-1, and IL-8, indicating that this production was dependent on ceramidase activity. Among various ceramide metabolites, sphingosine and S1P enhanced the gene expression of TNF-α, endothelin-1, and IL-8. The PaCDase-enhanced expression of these genes was inhibited by a sphingosine kinase inhibitor and by an S1P receptor antagonist VPC 23019. The TNF-α-binding antibody infliximab suppressed the PaCDase-induced upregulation of IL-8, but not TNF-α, mRNA. PaCDase induced NF-κB p65 phosphorylation. The NF-κB inhibitor curcumin significantly inhibited PaCDase-induced expression of IL-8 and endothelin-1. VPC 23019 and infliximab inhibited PaCDase-induced NF-κB p65 phosphorylation and reduction in the protein level of the NF-κB inhibitor IκBα. Collectively, these findings suggest that (i) 3D keratinocytes produce S1P from sphingosine, which is produced through the hydrolysis of ceramide by PaCDase, (ii) S1P induces the production of TNF-α via S1P receptors, and (iii) released TNF-α stimulates the production of inflammatory mediators such as IL-8.
    PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(2):e89402. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Populations of glycolipids change markedly during leukocyte differentiation, suggesting that these molecules are involved in biological functions. About 70% of the glycosphingolipids in human neutrophils is lactosylceramide, a molecule also expressed on monocytes and dendritic cells, but not on lymphocytes. In contrast, phosphatidylglucoside is mainly expressed on neutrophils. STED microscopic analysis showed that phosphatidylglucoside and lactosylceramide form different domains on plasma membranes of neutrophils, with phosphatidylglucoside preferentially expressed along the neutrophil differentiation pathway. Phosphatidylglucoside was found to induce the differentiation of HL-60 cells into the neutrophilic lineage, and to induce FAS-dependent neutrophil apoptosis. In contrast, lactosylceramide was only expressed on mature neutrophils. Complexes of lactosylceramide and the Src family kinase Lyn form membrane microdomains. . LacCer-enriched membrane microdomains mediate neutrophil innate immune responses; e.g. chemotaxis, phagocytosis, and superoxide generation. C24 fatty acid chains of LacCer are indispensable for the formation of LacCer-Lyn complexes and for LacCer-dependent functions. Moreover, Lyn-coupled LacCer-enriched microdomains serve as signal transduction platforms for αMβ2 integrin-mediated phagocytosis. This review describes the organization and potential functions of glycolipids in phagocytes, as well as the roles of both phosphatidylglucoside and lactosylceramide in neutrophils. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled Linking transcription to physiology in lipodomics.
    Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids 01/2014; · 4.13 Impact Factor
  • Journal of dermatological science 06/2013; · 3.71 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Many pathogens target glycosphingolipids (GSLs), which, together with cholesterol, GPI-anchored proteins, and various signaling molecules, cluster on host cell membranes to form GSL-enriched membrane microdomains (lipid rafts). These GSL-enriched membrane microdomains may therefore be involved in host-pathogen interactions. Innate immune responses are triggered by the association of pathogens with phagocytes, such as neutrophils, macrophages and dendritic cells. Phagocytes express a diverse array of pattern-recognition receptors (PRRs), which sense invading microorganisms and trigger pathogen-specific signaling. PRRs can recognize highly conserved pathogen-associated molecular patterns expressed on microorganisms. The GSL lactosylceramide (LacCer, CDw17), which binds to various microorganisms, including Candida albicans, is expressed predominantly on the plasma membranes of human mature neutrophils and forms membrane microdomains together with the Src family tyrosine kinase Lyn. These LacCer-enriched membrane microdomains can mediate superoxide generation, migration, and phagocytosis, indicating that LacCer functions as a PRR in innate immunity. Moreover, the interactions of GSL-enriched membrane microdomains with membrane proteins, such as growth factor receptors, are important in mediating the physiological properties of these proteins. Similarly, we recently found that interactions between LacCer-enriched membrane microdomains and CD11b/CD18 (Mac-1, CR3, or αMβ2-integrin) are significant for neutrophil phagocytosis of non-opsonized microorganisms. This review describes the functional role of LacCer-enriched membrane microdomains and their interactions with CD11b/CD18.
    Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis 02/2013; · 2.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: (Objective): We have shown that connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of RA. Herein, we evaluated the effects of blockade of CTGF pathway on the development of arthritis in collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) mice. (Methods): Arthritis was induced in DBA/1J mice by immunization with a combination of type II collagen and complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA). We evaluated the efficacy of prevention of development of arthritis in the CIA mice treated with or without neutralizing anti-CTGF monoclonal antibody (mAb). (Results): Inhibition of the CTGF functions in mice treated with neutralizing anti-CTGF mAb significantly ameliorated arthritis compared to that in the non-treated CIA mice. Serum levels of matrix metalloproteinase 3 (MMP-3) were reduced by anti-CTGF mAb treatment. Moreover, blockade of the CTGF decreased interleukin 17 (IL-17) expression on purified CD4+ T lymphocytes. Although the expression of retinoic-acid-receptor-related orphan receptors γt (RORγt) gene was not suppressed by anti-CTGF mAb treatment, those of interferon regulatory factor 4 (IRF4) and IkappaBzeta (Nfkbiz), which are other important molecules for differentiation of Th-17 cells, were suppressed. In addition, blockade of CTGF inhibited pathological proliferation of T lymphocytes against type II collagen restimulation in vitro. Moreover, aberrant osteoclastogenesis in CIA mice was restored by anti-CTGF mAb treatment. (Conclusions): The present study showed that blockade of CTGF prevented progression of arthritis in CIA mice. Anti-CTGF mAb treatment suppressed the pathological T cells function and restored aberrant osteoclastogenesis in CIA mice. CTGF may become a new therapeutic target for treatment of RA. © 2013 American College of Rheumatology.
    Arthritis & Rheumatology 02/2013; · 7.48 Impact Factor
  • Journal of Dermatological Science. 02/2013; 69(2):e17.
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    ABSTRACT: To elucidate the role of neuropilin-1 (Nrp-1) and semaphorin 3A (Sema3A) in sinusoidal remodeling during liver regeneration in rats. Male Wistar/ST rats at 7 wk of age, weighing about 200 g, were used for all animal experiments. In vivo, at 24, 48, 72, 96, 144 and 192 h after two-thirds partial hepatectomy (PHx), the remnant livers were removed. Liver tissues were immunohistochemically stained for Nrp-1, Sema3A and SE-1, a liver sinusoidal endothelial cell (SEC) marker. Total RNA of the liver tissue was extracted and reversely transcribed into cDNA. The mRNA expression of Sema3A was analyzed by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction and normalized to that of ribosomal protein S18. In vitro, SECs were isolated from rat liver and cultured in endothelial growth medium containing 20 ng/mL vascular endothelial cell growth factor. Migration of SECs in primary culture was assessed by cell transwell assay with or without recombinant Sema3A. Apoptotic cells were determined by a terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated deoxyuridine triphosphate nick end labeling method. In vitro, immunohistochemistry study revealed that Sema3A and Nrp-1 were constitutively expressed in hepatocytes and SECs, respectively, in normal rat liver tissues. Nrp-1 expression in SECs was quantified by the percentage of immunostained area with anti-Nrp-1 antibody in relation to the area stained with SE-1. Between 24 h and 96 h following resection of liver, Nrp-1 expression in SECs was transiently increased. Compared with the baseline (5.2% ± 0.1%), Nrp-1 expression in SECs significantly increased at 24 h (17.3% ± 0.7%, P < 0.05), 48 h (39.1% ± 0.6%, P < 0.01), 72 h (46.9% ± 4.5%, P < 0.01) and 96 h (29.9% ± 3.8%, P < 0.01) after PHx, then returned to the basal level at termination of liver regeneration. Interestingly, the expression of Sema3A was inversely associated with that of Nrp-1 in liver after PHx. Sema3A mRNA expression was significantly reduced by about 75% over the period 24-144 h after PHx (P < 0.05), and returned to basal levels at 192 h after PHx. In vitro, SECs isolated from rats after PHx (PHx-SECs) were observed to migrate to the lower chamber of the cell transwell system after incubation for 24 h, but not cells from normal rats (CONT-SECs), indicating that mobility of PHx-SECs increases as compared with that of CONT-SECs. Moreover, recombinant Sema3A significantly attenuated migration in PHx-SECs in primary culture (vehicle-treated 100% ± 7.9% vs Sema3A-treated 42.6% ± 5.4%, P < 0.01), but not in CONT-SECs. Compared with CONT-SECs, the apoptotic rate of PHx-SECs decreased by 78.3% (P < 0.05). There was no difference in apoptosis between CONT-SECs that were treated with vehicle and Sema3A. However, in PHx-SECs, apoptosis was induced by the presence of 5 nmol Sema3A for 24 h (vehicle-treated 21.7% ± 7.6% vs Sema3A-treated 104.3% ± 8.9%, P < 0.05). In addition, immunohistochemistry confirmed the increased expression of Nrp-1 in PHx-SECs, while it was noted to a lesser extent in CONT-SECs. The interplay of Nrp-1 and Sema3A shown in our results may lead to a better understanding of interaction between sinusoidal remodeling and SECs during liver regeneration.
    World Journal of Gastroenterology 09/2012; 18(36):5034-41. · 2.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Since gangliosides play many important roles in neural systems, we investigated whether gangliosides are involved in glutamate release from neural cells. Differentiated neruro2a cells were treated with gangliosides, including GM3, GM1, GD1a, GD3, GD1b, or GT1b, for 30 min, and glutamate concentration in the culture media was measured using o-phthalaldehyde derivatization. Among the tested gangliosides, GT1b significantly increased the glutamate concentration when compared with untreated cells. Moreover, GT1b increased the glutamate concentration in the culture media of neuroblastoma × dorsal root ganglion neuron hybrid F11 cells. These results suggested that gangliosides are important in regulating extracellular glutamate concentration in the nervous system.
    Neuroscience Letters 04/2012; 517(2):140-3. · 2.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Over the last 30 years, many studies have indicated that glycosphingolipids (GSLs) expressed on the cell surface may act as binding sites for microorganisms. Based on their physicochemical characteristics, GSLs form membrane microdomains with cholesterol, sphingomyelin, glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored proteins, and various signaling molecules, and GSL-enriched domains have been shown to be involved in these defense responses. Among the GSLs, lactosylceramide (LacCer, CDw17) can bind to various microorganisms. LacCer is expressed at high levels on the plasma membrane of human neutrophils, and forms membrane microdomains associated with the Src family tyrosine kinase Lyn. LacCer-enriched membrane microdomains mediate superoxide generation, chemotaxis, and non-opsonic phagocytosis. Therefore, LacCer-enriched membrane microdomains are thought to function as pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) to recognize pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) expressed on microorganisms. In contrast, several pathogens have developed infection mechanisms using membrane microdomains. In addition, some pathogens have the ability to avoid degradation by escaping from the vacuolar compartment or preventing phagosome maturation, utilizing membrane microdomains, such as LacCer-enriched domains, of host cells. The detailed molecular mechanisms of these membrane microdomain-associated host-pathogen interactions remain to be elucidated.
    BioFactors 04/2012; 38(4):275-83. · 3.09 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate whether di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) affects the production of inflammatory cytokines by human macrophages. Differentiated macrophage-like THP-1 cells were exposed to 200 μM DEHP for 3 h, followed by incubation in the presence or absence of opsonized zymosan A, and the concentrations of TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-8, and IL-6 in the culture media were determined by ELISA. DNA microarray and quantitative real-time RT-PCR analyses were performed to identify genes that showed changes in expression in response to DEHP. DEHP treatment increased the concentrations of TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-8, and IL-6 in the media, regardless of whether the cells phagocytosed zymosan. DNA microarray analysis showed that DEHP increased the levels of expression of IL-8, CXCL1, CXCL2, CXCL3, CXCL6, CCL3, MMP3, MMP10, MMP14, and CSF2 mRNA, and real-time RT-PCR showed that DEHP significantly enhanced the levels of expression of IL-8, CXCL1, CXCL2, CXCL3, CXCL6, CCL3, MMP10, CSF2, TNF-α, IL-1β, and IL-6 mRNA in THP-1 cells. DEHP significantly induced translocation of p65 NF-κB into the nucleus. DEHP enhances the production of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines by macrophages, and exacerbates their inflammatory response.
    Agents and Actions 01/2012; 61(1):69-78. · 1.59 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A protein analysis using mass spectrometry revealed the existence of serum proteins with significant quantitative changes after the administration of infliximab. Among these proteins, regenerating gene (REG) 1α appears to be related to the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Therefore, the present study was conducted to examine the mechanism of REG1α in RA disease progression. Serum samples were collected from RA patients and normal healthy controls. REG1α expression was evaluated by ELISA, RT-PCR, and indirect immunofluorescence microscopy. The functions of REG1α on synovial fibroblasts with regard to apoptosis, receptor activator of NF-κB ligand (RANKL) expression, and cellar proliferation were evaluated using siRNA to inhibit the intrinsic REG1α mRNA expression. The serum concentrations of REG1α in RA patients were higher than in normal healthy controls. The high expression of REG1α was also observed in the synovial tissue of RA patients compared to those of osteoarthropathy patients. In addition, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) upregulated REG1α expression in the synovial fibroblasts cell line (MH7A). Inhibition of REG1α expression suppressed the induction of RANKL expression by TNF-α. Furthermore, exogenous recombinant REG1α protein inhibited apoptosis and promoted cell proliferation in MH7A cells. These effects were abolished in the REG1α-siRNA MH7A cells. The present data suggest that TNF-α induces aberrant REG1α expression and that REG1α plays an important role in aberrant cell proliferation and RANKL expression of synovial fibroblasts, ultimately resulting in pannus formation. Restoration of normal physiological REG1α expression may contribute to disease amelioration.
    Modern Rheumatology 12/2011; 22(2):228-37. · 1.72 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We and others have previously demonstrated that p210 Bcr-Abl tyrosine kinase inhibits stromal cell-derived factor-1α/CXCR4 chemokine receptor signaling, contributing to the deficient adhesion of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) cells to bone marrow stroma. Conversely, exposure of CML cells to a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) enhances migration of CML cells towards stromal cell layers and promotes non-pharmacological resistance to imatinib. Src-related kinase Lyn is known to interact with CXCL12/CXCR4 signaling and is directly activated by p210 Bcr-Abl. In this study, we demonstrate that TKI treatment promoted CXCR4 redistribution into the lipid raft fraction, in which it co-localized with active phosphorylated form of Lyn (LynTyr396) in CML cells. Lyn inhibition or cholesterol depletion abrogated imatinib-induced migration, and dual Src/Abl kinase inhibitor dasatinib induced fewer CML cells to migrate to the stroma. These findings demonstrate the novel mechanism of microenvironment-mediated resistance through lipid raft modulation, which involves compartmental changes of the multivalent CXCR4 and Lyn complex. We propose that pharmacological targeting of lipid rafts may eliminate bone marrow-resident CML cells through interference with microenvironment-mediated resistance.
    Leukemia: official journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K 10/2011; 26(5):883-92. · 10.16 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A new type of glycolipid, phosphatidylglucoside (PtdGlc), was identified as a component of raft-like membrane domains of the human leukemia cell line HL-60. In this study, we show that PtdGlc forms functional domains that are different from those produced by lactosylceramide (LacCer)-enriched lipid rafts. These rafts initiate neutrophil apoptosis. Neutrophils are the only type of human peripheral blood leukocyte or monocyte-derived dendritic cell to express large amounts of PtdGlc on their cell surfaces. PtdGlc was not colocalized with LacCer. Anti-PtdGlc IgM DIM21 did not induce neutrophil chemotaxis or superoxide generation, whereas anti-LacCer IgM T5A7 induced these activities. DIM21, but not T5A7, significantly induced neutrophil apoptosis. DIM21-induced apoptosis was inhibited by specific inhibitors of cysteine-containing aspartate-specific proteases (caspases)-8, -9, and -3 but not by the Src family kinase inhibitor PP1, PIP(3) kinase inhibitor LY294002, NADPH oxidase inhibitor diphenyleneiodonium, superoxide dismutase, or catalase. PtdGlc was colocalized with Fas on the neutrophil plasma membrane. DIM21 and the agonist anti-Fas Ab DX2 induced the formation of large Fas-colocalized clusters of PtdGlc on the plasma membrane. Furthermore, the antagonistic anti-Fas Ab ZB4 significantly inhibited DIM21-induced neutrophil apoptosis. These results suggest that PtdGlc is specifically expressed on neutrophils and mediates apoptosis of these cells, and that the Fas-associated death signal may be involved in PtdGlc-mediated apoptosis.
    The Journal of Immunology 03/2011; 186(9):5323-32. · 5.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL) uptake by macrophages plays an important role in foam cell formation. It has been suggested the presence of heterogeneous subsets of macrophage, such as M1 and M2, in human atherosclerotic lesions. To evaluate which types of macrophages contribute to atherogenesis, we performed cDNA microarray analysis to determine oxLDL-induced transcriptional alterations of each subset of macrophages. Human monocyte-derived macrophages were polarized toward the M1 or M2 subset, followed by treatment with oxLDL. Then gene expression levels during oxLDL treatment in each subset of macrophages were evaluated by cDNA microarray analysis and quantitative real-time RT-PCR. In terms of high-ranking upregulated genes and functional ontologies, the alterations during oxLDL treatment in M2 macrophages were similar to those in nonpolarized macrophages (M0). Molecular network analysis showed that most of the molecules in the oxLDL-induced highest scoring molecular network of M1 macrophages were directly or indirectly related to transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1. Hierarchical cluster analysis revealed commonly upregulated genes in all subset of macrophages, some of which contained antioxidant response elements (ARE) in their promoter regions. A cluster of genes that were specifically upregulated in M1 macrophages included those encoding molecules related to nuclear factor of kappa light polypeptide gene enhancer in B-cells (NF-κB) signaling pathway. Quantitative real-time RT-PCR showed that the gene expression of interleukin (IL)-8 after oxLDL treatment in M2 macrophages was markedly lower than those in M0 and M1 cells. HMOX1 gene expression levels were almost the same in all 3 subsets of macrophages even after oxLDL treatment. The present study demonstrated transcriptional alterations in polarized macrophages during oxLDL treatment. The data suggested that oxLDL uptake may affect TGF-β1- and NF-κB-mediated functions of M1 macrophages, but not those of M0 or M2 macrophages. It is likely that M1 macrophages characteristically respond to oxLDL.
    Lipids in Health and Disease 01/2011; 10:1. · 2.31 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Lipid rafts are cholesterol-enriched microdomains on cell membranes. We hypothesized that these microdomains could involve modified low-density lipoprotein (LDL) uptake. Co-localizations of cholesterol-enriched microdomains and CD204 during the uptake of acetyl LDL (AcLDL) and oxidized LDL were observed using Alexa488-labeled polyethylene glycol cholesteryl ester, which is a sensitive probe used to analyze the dynamics of cholesterol-rich lipid microdomains in living cells. The lipid raft disruptors, methyl-β cyclodextrin and filipin, inhibited the uptake of AcLDL. CD204 siRNA treatments significantly reduced AcLDL uptake by 80%. We also demonstrated the presence of CD204 in the detergent-resistant membrane fraction (DRM) by immunoblotting analysis. The ratio of CD204/flotillin-1 in DRM was increased 11.5-fold by modified LDL administration. The PI3 kinase inhibitor LY294002, but not the Src kinase inhibitor PP1 or the Gαi/o inhibitor pertussis toxin, inhibited modified LDL uptake. The production of interleukin (IL)-8, but not CCL2, CXCL2, CXCL3, IL-6 or tumor necrosis factor-α was increased by AcLDL administration. The AcLDL-induced IL-8 production was inhibited by LY294002 and filipin. These data firstly demonstrated that PI3 kinase-associated cholesterol-enriched microdomains are involved in CD204-mediated modified LDL uptake in human macrophages. Cholesterol-enriched microdomains may play a critical role in inflammatory processes.
    Atherosclerosis 10/2010; 215(1):60-9. · 3.71 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A protein analysis using a mass spectrometry indicated that there are serum proteins showing significant quantitative changes after the administration of infliximab. Among them, connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) seems to be related to the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Therefore, this study was conducted to investigate how CTGF is associated with the disease progression of RA. Serum samples were collected from RA patients in active or inactive disease stages, and before or after treatments with infliximab. CTGF production was evaluated by ELISA, RT-PCR, indirect immunofluorescence microscopy, and immunoblotting. Osteoclastogenesis was evaluated using tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) staining, a bone resorption assay and osteoclasts specific catalytic enzymes productions. The serum concentrations of CTGF in RA were greater than in normal healthy controls and disease controls. Interestingly, those were significantly higher in active RA patients compared to inactive RA patients. Furthermore, the CTGF levels significantly were decreased by infliximab concomitant with the disease amelioration. In addition, tumour necrosis factor (TNF)alpha can induce the CTGF production from synovial fibroblasts even though TNFalpha can oppositely inhibit the production of CTGF from chondrocytes. CTGF promoted the induction of the quantitative and qualitative activities of osteoclasts in combination with M-CSF and receptor activator of NF-kappaB ligand (RANKL). In addition, we newly found integrin alphaVbeta3 on the osteoclasts as a CTGF receptor. These results indicate that aberrant CTGF production induced by TNFalpha plays a central role for the abnormal osteoclastic activation in RA patients. Restoration of aberrant CTGF production may contribute to the inhibition of articular destruction in infliximab treatment.
    Arthritis research & therapy 11/2009; 11(6):R174. · 4.27 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Lactosylceramide (LacCer), a neutral glycosphingolipid, is abundantly expressed on human neutrophils, and specifically recognizes several pathogenic microorganisms. LacCer forms membrane microdomains coupled with the Src family kinase Lyn on the plasma membrane, and ligand binding to LacCer activates Lyn, resulting in neutrophil functions. In contrast, neutrophilic differentiated HL-60 cells do not have Lyn-associated LacCer-enriched microdomains and lack LacCer-mediated functions. In neutrophil plasma membranes, the very long fatty acid C24:0 and C24:1 chains are the main components of LacCer, whereas plasma membrane of D-HL-60 cells mainly includes C16-LacCer species. Here, we suggest that LacCer species containing very long fatty acid chains are indispensable for the association of Lyn with LacCer-enriched microdomains and LacCer-mediated functions.
    FEBS letters 10/2009; 584(9):1642-52. · 3.54 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Laminin-1, an extracellular matrix molecule, promotes neurite outgrowth through the interaction of integrin and actin. Monosialoganglioside GM1 in the lipid rafts associates with and activates the NGF receptor TrkA, and enhances neurite outgrowth. However, the role of GM1 in laminin-1-induced neurite outgrowth was still unclear. Here, we describe that laminin-1 binds to GM1 through a carbohydrate moiety and a specific conformation of GM1, induces focal formation of large clusters of GM1, and enhances the relocation of TrkA in the membrane of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) and PC12 cells. We found that laminin-1-mediated clustering of GM1 causes the translocation and enrichment of beta1 integrin in lipid rafts--where TrkA colocalizes with beta1 integrin--and the activation of Lyn, Akt and MAPK to promote the outgrowth of neurites. Our results suggest that the binding of laminin-1 to GM1 facilitates the formation of a focal microdomain in the membrane, and enhances signal transduction that promotes neurite outgrowth by linking NGF-TrkA signaling with the laminin-integrin signaling pathways.
    Journal of Cell Science 02/2009; 122(Pt 2):289-99. · 5.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Glycosphingolipids are highly enriched in specialized membrane microdomains ("lipid rafts", caveolar domains and glycosynapses), and they participate to the process of transduction of information across the membrane. Lactosylceramide (LacCer) is specifically coupled with the Src family kinase Lyn in plasma membrane microdomains of human neutrophils. Ligand binding to LacCer activates Lyn, resulting in neutrophil functions, such as superoxide generation and migration. The beta-Gal-(1-4)-beta-Glc disaccharide structure of LacCer is necessary, but it is not sufficient for LacCer-mediated Lyn activation. For this function, the presence of a LacCer molecular species with ceramide containing a very long fatty acid chain is also required. In this manuscript, we discuss the importance of interdigitation within the membrane, promoted by the presence of glycosphingolipid species with very long fatty acyl chains as determinants for membrane organization, instrumental to the signaling process.
    Glycoconjugate Journal 12/2008; 26(6):615-21. · 1.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The neutral glycosphingolipid lactosylceramide (LacCer) forms lipid rafts (membrane microdomains) coupled with the Src family kinase Lyn on the plasma membranes of human neutrophils; ligand binding to LacCer activates Lyn, resulting in neutrophil functions, such as superoxide generation and migration (Iwabuchi and Nagaoka, Lactosylceramide-enriched glycosphingolipid signaling domain mediates superoxide generation from human neutrophils, Blood 100, 1454-1464, 2002 and Sato et al. Induction of human neutrophil chemotaxis by Candida albicans-derived beta-1,6-long glycoside side-chain-branched beta glycan, J. Leukoc. Biol. 84, 204-211, 2006). Neutrophilic differentiated HL-60 cells (D-HL-60 cells) express almost the same amount of LacCer as neutrophils. However, D-HL-60 cells do not have Lyn-associated LacCer-enriched lipid rafts and lack LacCer-mediated superoxide-generating and migrating abilities. Here, we examined the roles of LacCer molecular species of different fatty acid compositions in these processes. Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry analyses revealed that the very long fatty acid C24:0 and C24:1 chains were the main components of LacCer (31.6% on the total fatty acid content) in the detergent-resistant membrane fraction (DRM) from neutrophil plasma membranes. In contrast, plasma membrane DRM of D-HL-60 cells included over 70% C16:0-LacCer, but only 13.6% C24-LacCer species. D-HL-60 cells loaded with C24:0 or C24:1-LacCer acquired LacCer-mediated migrating and superoxide-generating abilities, and allowed Lyn coimmunoprecipitation by anti-LacCer antibody. Lyn knockdown by siRNA completely abolished the effect of C24:1-LacCer loading on LacCer-mediated migration of D-HL-60 cells. Immunoelectron microscopy revealed that LacCer clusters were closely associated with Lyn molecules in neutrophils and C24:1-LacCer-loaded D-HL-60 cells, but not in D-HL-60 cells or C16:0-LacCer-loaded cells. Taken together, these observations suggest that LacCer species with very long fatty acids are specifically necessary for Lyn-coupled LacCer-enriched lipid raft-mediated neutrophil superoxide generation and migration.
    Glycoconjugate Journal 06/2008; 25(4):357-74. · 1.88 Impact Factor

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  • 1988–2013
    • Juntendo University
      • • Institute for Environmental and Gender Specific Medicine
      • • Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
      • • Department of Cardiology
      • • Department of Host Defense and Biochemical Research
      • • Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
      • • Department of Medicine
      Edo, Tōkyō, Japan
  • 2008
    • University of Milan
      • Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biotechnologies for Medical Sciences
      Milano, Lombardy, Italy
  • 1999–2003
    • Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute
      Seattle, Washington, United States