Hajime Nakamura

Kunming University of Science and Technology, Yün-nan, Yunnan, China

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    ABSTRACT: Although supplementation with the selenocompound, sodium selenite has been shown to stimulate the concanavalin A-induced T-cell mitogenic response, the mechanisms responsible remain unclear. This study was conducted to evaluate the relationships between the induction of apoptosis, formation of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha and reactive oxygen species (ROS), activation of apoptosis signal-regulating kinase (ASK) 1 and the thioredoxin (Trx) system when mitogenesis was stimulated by selenite. TNF-alpha was dose-dependently released by mouse splenocytes treated with selenite, and apoptosis was induced when TNF-alpha was added at the indicated concentrations. However, supplementation with selenite at low concentrations inhibited the accumulation of ROS with the increased expression of Trx reductase 1 and induction of apoptosis in wild-type splenocytes, and also at high concentrations in Trx-1-transgenic mouse splenocytes. The suppression of apoptosis was accompanied by a decrease in the expression of phospho-ASK1. These results suggest that the stimulation of T-cell mitogenesis by selenite may be partly attributed to the inhibited accumulation of ROS due to a reduced Trx-1/TR1 system, the inactivation of ASK1, and the suppression of apoptosis.
    Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin 01/2014; 37(8):1352-8. · 1.85 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a common liver disease that can progress to cirrhosis. Oxidative stress is one of the central mechanisms causing hepatocellular injury in the disease. In this study, antioxidant therapy using both vitamins C and E was conducted in patients with NASH. Vitamin E 300 mg/day and vitamin C 300 mg/day were administered orally to 23 patients with NASH for 12 months. Body mass index was measured during therapy. Serum levels of alanine aminotransferase, thioredoxin (an oxidative stress marker), and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein were measured before treatment and after 12 months in all patients. Ten of the 23 patients underwent liver biopsy before and after treatment. Body mass index remained unchanged during treatment with vitamins C and E. Serum alanine aminotransferase, thioredoxin, and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein levels were decreased significantly at 12 months compared with pretreatment. Liver biopsies showed improved necroinflammatory activity in eight cases and improved fibrosis staging in 4. Serum alanine aminotransferase, thioredoxin, and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein levels, and liver histology were clearly improved with vitamin C and E therapy. These findings suggest that combination therapy using these vitamins may be useful in patients with NASH to minimize damage from oxidative stress and slow the processes leading to cirrhosis.
    Hepatic Medicine: Evidence and Research 01/2013; 5:11-6.
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    ABSTRACT: Multifunctional redox protein human thioredoxin (TRX-1) is reduced by thioredoxin reductase (TRX-R). The aim of the present study was to examine the distribution of TRX-1 and TRX-R expressions in gallbladder carcinoma (GBC) to clarify their usefulness as prognostic factors after surgical resection. Immunohistochemical staining for TRX-1 and TRX-R was performed in GBC tissue from 38 patients who underwent surgical resection, and TRX-1/TRX-R localization in relation to outcome was examined. TRX-1 protein levels were significantly higher in GBC samples than in cholecystolithiasis samples (P = 0.0174). TRX-1 expression was observed in 100% (38/38) of tumour samples and in the nucleus in 76% (29/38), with nuclear expression in the invasion front observed in 45% (13/29). TRX-R expression was only detected in the cytoplasm of cancer cells and in the invasion front in 28 samples. In all of the samples, the depth of tumour invasion, lymph node metastasis, surgical margin, curability and nuclear expression of TRX-1 in the invasion front were significant prognostic factors by univariate analysis. In 27 selected patients who underwent curative resection, both TRX-1 nuclear expression and TRX-R cytoplasmic expression in the invasion front was a significantly prognostic factor. TRX-1 nuclear expression in the GBC invasion front is a significant prognostic marker. Patients with both TRX-1 nuclear expression and TRX-R cytoplasmic expression in the tumour invasion front should be observed carefully even if after curative resection.
    HPB 09/2012; 14(9):573-82. · 1.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Aims: Accumulating evidence indicates that oxidative stress is associated with inflammation, and the cellular redox status can determine the sensitivity and the final outcome in response to inflammatory stimuli. To control the redox balance, mammalian cells contain a variety of oxidoreductases belonging to the thioredoxin superfamily. The large number of these enzymes suggests a complex mechanism of redox regulation in mammals, but the precise function of each family member awaits further investigations. Results: We generated mice deficient in transmembrane thioredoxin-related protein (TMX), a transmembrane oxidoreductase in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). When exposed to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and d-(+)-galactosamine (GalN) to induce inflammatory liver injury, mutant mice were highly susceptible to the toxicants and developed severe liver damage. LPS-induced production of inflammatory mediators was equivalent in both wild-type and TMX(-/-) mice, whereas neutralization of the proinflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor-α suppressed the toxic effects of LPS/GalN in the mutant mice. Liver transcriptional profiles revealed enhanced activation of the p53-signaling pathway in the TMX(-/-) mice after LPS/GalN treatment. Furthermore, TMX deficiency also caused increased sensitivity to thioacetamide, which exerts its hepatotoxicity through the generation of reactive oxygen species. Innovation: The present study is the first to address the role of the oxidoreductase TMX in inflammatory liver injury. The phenotype of mice deficient in TMX suggests a functional link between redox regulation in the ER and susceptibility to oxidative tissue damage. Conclusion: We conclude that TMX plays a major role in host defense under the type of inflammatory conditions associated with oxidative stress. Antioxid. Redox Signal. 00, 000-000.
    Antioxidants & Redox Signaling 08/2012; · 8.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: There are few efficacious interventions to combat morphine dependence. Thioredoxin-1 (Trx-1) and heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) are emerging as important modulators of neuronal function. They have been shown to be involved in cellular protective mechanisms against a variety of toxic stressors. This study was designed to investigate the effects of geranylgeranylacetone (GGA), a pharmacological inducer of Trx-1 and Hsp70, on morphine-induced hyperlocomotion, rewarding effect, and withdrawal syndrome. Trx-1 and Hsp70 expression was increased in the frontal cortex, hippocampus, ventral tegmental area, and nucleus accumbens of mice after GGA treatment. GGA administration reduced morphine-induced motor activity and inhibited conditioned place preference. GGA markedly attenuated the morphine-naloxone-induced withdrawal signs, including jumping, rearing, and forepaw tremor. Furthermore, the activation of cAMP-responsive element-binding protein and the expression of ΔFosB and cyclin-dependent kinase 5 were decreased in the nucleus accumbens by GGA treatment after morphine withdrawal. In the nucleus accumbens, GGA enhanced morphine-induced expression of Trx-1 and Hsp70 after morphine withdrawal. These results suggest that strengthening the expression of Trx-1 and Hsp70 in the brain by using noncytotoxic pharmacological inducers may provide a novel therapeutic strategy for morphine dependence. GGA could be a safe and novel therapeutic agent for morphine dependence.
    Free Radical Biology & Medicine 04/2012; 52(7):1218-27. · 5.27 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Formaldehyde (FA), a common environmental pollutant, has toxic effects on central nervous system. The detailed mechanisms on FA-induced neurotoxicity have not been fully elucidated. In this study, we found that glucose regulated protein 78 (GRP78) and C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP) expression, biomarkers of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, were increased and pro-caspase-12 was decreased after PC12 cells exposure to FA. These results suggest that FA actually induces ER stress. Thioredoxin-1 (Trx-1) has various biological activities, including the control of redox balance, the modulation of ER stress and inhibition of apoptosis. In the present study, Trx-1 expression was increased at early stage, but decreased at late stage after FA treatment. Knockdown of Trx-1 expression increased the susceptibility of PC12 cells to FA-induced neurotoxicity. We also found that ginsenoside Rg1 had the potential to induce Trx-1 expression and attenuated neurotoxicity induced by FA. ER stress caused by FA was suppressed by ginsenoside Rg1. These data indicate that Trx-1 is a therapeutic candidate for protecting against FA-induced neurotoxicity.
    NeuroToxicology 02/2012; 33(3):290-8. · 2.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Preterm delivery (PTD) is the leading cause of infant mortality and morbidity. However, the mechanism at the molecular level is still unknown. Placental inflammatory response and oxidative stress are associated with PTD. Thioredoxin-1 (TRX-1) regulates oxidative stress, inflammation, and the activities of transcription factors. The objective was to detect in placental tissues the expressions of TRX-1 and the TRX-1-related molecules: tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), thioredoxin-1-binding protein-2 (TBP-2), hypoxia inducible transcription factor 1α (HIF-1α), and forkhead box protein O3A (FoxO3A). PTD was defined as gestation of <37 weeks and term delivery (TD) as ≥37 weeks. The expressions of TRX-1 and TRX-1-related molecules were examined in placental tissues by real-time polymerase chain rection and western blot. The expressions of TRX-1, TNF-α, COX-2, HIF-1α, and FoxO3A in the placenta of PTD were significantly higher as compared with TD, but no difference was observed in TBP-2 expression. These results indicate that TRX-1 may be adaptively induced by the effects of inflammation and oxidative stress, suggesting protective roles for TRX-1 against these effects in the placenta of PTD.
    Redox report: communications in free radical research 01/2012; 17(5):187-93. · 1.51 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Thioredoxin (TRX) is a redox-active protein that regulates reactive oxidative metabolism and plays a crucial role in the antioxidant system in regulating the reduction/oxidation balance by scavenging reactive oxygen species, which is implicated in the mechanism of asthma. As for the mechanisms by which TRX exerts its beneficial effects, some studies have shown that TRX suppresses allergic inflammation in animal models of asthma. Recently, we reported that TRX directly modulated the chemotaxis of eosinophils, which have been shown to play a pivotal role in the mechanism of allergic airway inflammation, in the absence of T helper (Th)1 or Th2 cytokines. Further, serum TRX levels in patients with asthma were significantly increased in patients with attacks compared with those in the asymptomatic period. This review focuses on TRX in allergic reactions and discusses the physiological role of TRX.
    International Archives of Allergy and Immunology 01/2011; 155 Suppl 1:142-6. · 2.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Thioredoxin (TRX) catalyzes the reduction of disulfide bonds in proteins via the NADPH-dependent thioredoxin reductase system. Reducing the disulfide bonds of allergenic proteins in food by TRX lowers the allergenicity. We established in this study a method to prepare TRX-enriched extracts from the edible yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, on a large and practical scale, with the objective of developing TRX-containing functional foods to mitigate food allergy. Treating with the yeast TRX-enriched extracts together with NADPH and yeast thioredoxin reductase enhanced the pepsin cleavage of β-lactoglobulin and ovomucoid (OM). We also examined whether yeast TRX can mitigate the allergenicity of OM by conducting immediate allergy tests on guinea pigs. The treatment with TRX reduced the anaphylactic symptoms induced by OM in these tests. These results indicate that yeast TRX was beneficial against food allergy, raising the possibility that yeast TRX-enriched extracts can be applied to food materials for mitigating food allergy.
    Bioscience Biotechnology and Biochemistry 01/2011; 75(10):1872-9. · 1.27 Impact Factor
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    Pharmacology & Therapeutics - PHARMACOL THER. 01/2011; 129(2):239-239.
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    ABSTRACT: Endotoxin triggers a reorganization of the energy metabolic pathway, including the promotion of fatty acid utilization to adapt to a high energy demand during endotoxemia. However, the factors responsible for the metabolic adaptation and characteristic pathologies resulting from defective utilization fatty acids during endotoxin response have not been fully clarified. The thioredoxin binding protein-2 (TBP-2) knockout (TBP-2) mouse is an animal model of fatty acid oxidation disorder. The aim of this study was to determine whether and how TBP-2 is involved in metabolic regulation in a lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced endotoxemia model in mice. Prospective animal trial. Research laboratory. TBP-2 and wild control mice. TBP-2 and wild control mice were intraperitoneally injected with LPS. Mortality, serum levels of markers of hepatorenal injuries, cytokines, insulin, glucose and lipid derivatives, and the hepatic signaling pathway regulating gluconeogenesis were investigated. Following the administration of LPS, TBP-2 mice showed a predisposition for death without any significant elevation of inflammatory cytokines, compared to the wild mice. LPS-challenged TBP-2 mice showed fat deposition in the liver and kidney, organ injuries, glycogen depletion, and elevation of serum lipid derivatives such as free fatty acids, triglyceride and cholesterol. Hyperinsulinemia and hypoglycemia were observed in TBP-2 mice after LPS injection. Death due to the LPS administration was prevented by supplementation of glucose. Phosphorylation of Akt and FoxO1, an inhibitory pathway of gluconeogenesis in the liver of LPS-challenged TBP-2 mice was demonstrated, suggesting the enhancement of insulin signaling. TBP-2 is involved in metabolic control during LPS-induced endotoxemia. After the LPS challenge, TBP-2 mice showed several characteristic aspects, such as hepatorenal injuries, and dysregulation of the lipid and glucose metabolisms. Furthermore, hypoglycemia promoted by hyperinsulinemia may be a critical risk factor for mortality in circumstances in which fatty acid utilization is impaired during endotoxemia.
    Critical care medicine 12/2010; 38(12):2345-51. · 6.37 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Thioredoxin 1 (Trx 1) is a 12-kDa protein with redox-active dithiol in the active site -Cys-Gly-Pro-Cys- that is ubiquitously present in the human body. Trx 1 is a defensive protein induced by various stresses and has anti-oxidative, anti-apoptotic and anti-inflammatory effects. The anti-oxidative effect of Trx 1 is mediated by the dithiol-disulfide exchange in the active site. Trx 1 is able to interact with certain molecules, one of which is thioredoxin-binding protein-2 (TBP-2)/Vitamin D3 upregulated protein 1 (VDUP1)/thioredoxin interacting protein (TXNIP). TBP-2 was originally identified as a negative regulator of Trx 1 and acts as a cell growth suppressor and a regulator in lipid/glucose metabolism. Trx 1 and TBP-2 play crucial roles in pathophysiological mechanisms in metabolic disorders, cancer and inflammation. Here we discuss pharmacological aspects of Trx 1 and TBP-2 in these diseases and propose potential therapeutic approaches for intractable oxidative stress-related disorders.
    Pharmacology [?] Therapeutics 05/2010; 127(3):261-70. · 7.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, oxidative stress is believed to play a crucial role as a second-hit for the progression of simple steatosis to steatohepatitis. Thioredoxin (TRX) is a potent antioxidant molecule that exerts anti-apoptotic and anti-inflammatory functions. TRX-binding protein-2 (TBP-2) is an endogenous negative regulator of TRX. Deficiency of TBP-2 in mice causes hyperlipidemia, hepatic steatosis, hypoglycemia, and bleeding tendency, resembling Reye syndrome in a fasting/glucose-deficient state. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of TBP-2 in the development of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). TBP-2-deficient (TBP-2(-/-)) and wild-type (WT) mice were fed either a normal or methionine-choline-deficient (MCD) diet for up to 10 weeks. Compared with WT mice, TBP-2(-/-) mice showed severe simple steatosis rather than steatohepatitis. However, oxidative stress determined by lipid peroxidation and DNA damage, neutrophil infiltration, and hepatic fibrosis were attenuated in TBP-2(-/-) mice. PCR analysis showed the expressions of fibrosis-inducing and inflammatory cytokine-related genes were less in TBP-2(-/-) mice. Moreover, leptin, SREBP1c, PPARgamma, and adipogenesis-lipogenesis-related genes were upregulated in TBP-2(-/-) mice. These results strongly suggested that TBP-2 might be involved in pathogenesis of NASH in WT mice, and inhibitors of TBP-2 could be useful in the prevention or treatment of NASH.
    Antioxidants & Redox Signaling 10/2009; 11(10):2573-84. · 8.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Thioredoxin-1 has various biologic activities, including the control of redox balance and the inhibition of apoptosis. The current study was designed to examine the effects of panaxatriol saponins (PTS) extracted from Panax notoginseng on thioredoxin-1 expression and 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium ion-induced injury. Using PC12 cells and Kunming mice, we test thioredoxin-1 expression after PTS treatment by Western blot. The protective effect of PTS against 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium ion-induced injury was assessed by MTT assay and LDH release assay. PTS induced thioredoxin-1 expression in vitro and in vivo, and attenuated 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium ion-induced cell death of PC12 cells. PTS is a new inducer of thioredoxin-1 and has a possible potential as a therapeutic agent for neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson's disease.
    Journal of ethnopharmacology 10/2009; 127(2):419-23. · 2.32 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Thioredoxin-1 (TRX) is a small (14 kDa) multifunctional protein with the redox-active site Cys-Gly-Pro-Cys. Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a 12 kDa cytokine belonging to the TRX family. Historically, when we purified TRX from the supernatant of ATL-2 cells, a 12 kDa protein was identified along with TRX, which was later proved to be MIF. Here, we show that TRX and MIF form a complex in the cell and the culture supernatant of ATL-2 cells. Using a BIAcore assay, we confirmed that TRX has a specific affinity with MIF. We also found that extracellular MIF was more effectively internalized into the ATL-2 cells expressing TRX on the cell surface, than the Jurkat T cells which do not express surface TRX. Moreover, anti-TRX antibody blocked the MIF internalization, suggesting that the cell surface TRX is involved in MIF internalization into the cells. Furthermore, anti-TRX antibody inhibited MIF-mediated enhancement of TNF-alpha production from macrophage RAW264.7 cells. These results suggest that the cell surface TRX serves as one of the MIF binding molecules or MIF receptor component and inhibits MIF-mediated inflammatory signals.
    Antioxidants & Redox Signaling 08/2009; 11(10):2595-605. · 8.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Thioredoxin binding protein 2 (TBP2) plays a regulatory role in lipid metabolism and immune regulation. We previously reported the effect of TBP2 loss-of-function on lipid metabolism using TBP2 knockout (TBP2KO) mice. In this study, we employed TBP2 transgenic (TBP2TG) mice to analyze the in vivo effect of TBP2 gain-of-function. We revealed a decrease in the percentage of hepatic natural killer T (NKT) cells in TBP2KO mice and an increase in the percentage of hepatic NKT cells in TBP2TG mice. The TBP2KO mice were resistant to concanavalin A (ConA)-induced hepatitis, but they were highly susceptible to other types of hepatitis. TBP2 modulates lipid metabolism as well as NKT cell activity. Moreover, TBP2 expression was increased significantly in klotho-deficient mice, which exhibit a syndrome resembling aging human phenotypes. TBP2 may play multiple roles in lipid metabolism, innate immunity, and aging.
    Antioxidants & Redox Signaling 08/2009; 11(10):2585-93. · 8.20 Impact Factor

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Institutions

  • 2009–2012
    • Kunming University of Science and Technology
      Yün-nan, Yunnan, China
  • 1999–2012
    • Tazuke Kofukai Medical Research Institute, Kitano Hospital
      Ōsaka, Ōsaka, Japan
  • 2011
    • Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology
      Нагахама, Shiga, Japan
  • 1999–2010
    • Kyoto University
      • • Institute for Virus Research
      • • Department of Thoracic Surgery
      • • Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
      • • Graduate School of Medicine / Faculty of Medicine
      Kyoto, Kyoto-fu, Japan
  • 2003–2007
    • Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine
      Kioto, Kyōto, Japan
    • Kansai Electric Power Company, Inc.
      Edo, Tōkyō, Japan
    • Kawasaki Saiwai Hospital
      Kawasaki, Fukuoka, Japan
    • Akita University Hospital
      Akita, Akita, Japan
    • Kurume University
      • Department of Internal Medicine
      Куруме, Fukuoka, Japan
    • National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center
      Ōsaka, Ōsaka, Japan
  • 2002–2006
    • National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
      Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
    • Taisho Pharmaceutical
      Edo, Tōkyō, Japan
    • Kobe University
      • Division of Clinical Pathology and Immunology
      Kōbe, Hyōgo, Japan
  • 2005
    • Hamamatsu Rosai Hospital
      Hamamatu, Shizuoka, Japan
  • 2003–2005
    • Kumamoto University
      • • Graduate School of Medical Sciences
      • • Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
      Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
  • 1996–2001
    • Stanford University
      • Department of Genetics
      Stanford, CA, United States
  • 1998
    • Karolinska Institutet
      • Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics
      Solna, Stockholm, Sweden