Akira Morooka

National Institute of Animal Health, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

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Publications (8)22.23 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Cellular tropism and transcription of bovine leukemia virus (BLV) and bovine immunodeficiency-like virus (BIV) were investigated using peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) collected from a cow infected with both viruses. Each PBMC subset, purified by magnetic cell sorting, was subjected to PCR and RT-PCR for detection of their integrated proviruses and transcript mRNAs. Both BLV and BIV genomes were detected by nested PCR in CD3(+), CD4(+), CD8(+) and gammadelta T cells, B cells and monocytes. However, BLV tax transcription was only detected in B cells, and only B cells also formed BLV syncytia in CC81 cells. On the other hand, BIV transcript was detected in each subpopulation of PBMC. These results indicated that BLV can infect T cells and monocytes as well as B cells, but can be expressed by transcription only in B cells. In contrast, BIV can express its transcripts in all infected cells.
    Virus Research 12/2003; 97(2):81-7. DOI:10.1016/S0168-1702(03)00222-3 · 2.32 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies are characterized by the accumulation of a proteinase-resistant isoform of the cellular prion-related protein (PrP(c)) within the central nervous system (CNS). The accumulation of scrapie-associated PrP (PrP(Sc)) within cells of the lymphoreticular system prior to its accumulation in the CNS is regarded as important for the development of neurological diseases after peripheral inoculation. Little, however, is known as to which cells are the targets for peripheral inoculation. Here, the presence of PrP(c) on murine Langerhans cells (LC), dendritic cells in the skin and mucosa, and keratinocytes (KC) is demonstrated by immunohistochemical staining, Western-blotting and FACS analysis. The expression of PrP(c) mRNA in freshly purified LC and KC was also detected by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction. The expression of PrP(c) on LC was slightly increased during culture. These data suggest that LC and KC may be the targets for peripheral infection with prions.
    Journal of Dermatological Science 03/2002; 28(2):126-34. DOI:10.1016/S0923-1811(01)00160-8 · 3.42 Impact Factor
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    T Yokoyama · K M Kimura · Y Ushiki · S Yamada · A Morooka · T Nakashiba · T Sassa · S Itohara ·
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    ABSTRACT: The central event in prion disease is thought to be conformational conversion of the cellular isoform of prion protein (PrP(C)) to the insoluble isoform PrP(Sc). We generated polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies by immunizing PrP(C)-null mice with native PrP(C). All seven monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) immunoprecipitated PrP(C), but they immunoprecipitated PrP(Sc) weakly or not at all, thereby indicating preferential reactivities to PrP(C) in solution. Immunoprecipitation using these mAbs revealed a marked loss of PrP(C) in brains at the terminal stage of illness. Histoblot analyses using these polyclonal antibodies in combination of pretreatment of blots dissociated PrP(C) and PrP(Sc) in situ and consistently demonstrated the decrease of PrP(C) at regions where PrP(Sc) accumulated. Interestingly, same mAbs showed immunohistochemical reactivities to abnormal isoforms. One group of mAbs showed reactivity to materials that accumulated in astrocytes, while the other group did so to amorphous plaques in neuropil. Epitope mapping indicated that single mAbs have reactivities to multiple epitopes, thus implying dual specificities. This suggests the importance of octarepeats as a part of PrP(C)-specific conformation. Our observations support the notion that loss of function of PrP(C) may partly underlie the pathogenesis of prion diseases. The conversion of PrP(C) to PrP(Sc) may involve multiple steps at different sites.
    Journal of Biological Chemistry 05/2001; 276(14):11265-71. DOI:10.1074/jbc.M008734200 · 4.57 Impact Factor
  • H Sentsui · T Nishimori · R Kirisawa · A Morooka ·
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    ABSTRACT: Four cattle persistently infected with non-cytopathic (NCP) bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) virus were challenged with cytopathic (CP) BVD virus that was antigenically different from the persistent virus. Two of the animals were injected with dexamethasone (DM) and then challenged. They developed mucosal disease on days 21 and 33 post-challenge. CP-BVD viruses were isolated from their lymph nodes but not from the sera. The isolates were antigenically different from the persistent virus and the nucleotide sequence of a 787 base region in the E2 gene was markedly different. One of the isolates was indistinguishable from the challenge virus by virus neutralization tests and the nucleotide sequence showed high homology with that of the challenge CP-BVD virus. The other two cattle, challenged with the CP-BVD virus without DM treatment, developed mucosal disease at 30 and 264 days post-inoculation. CP-BVD virus was isolated from the sera as well as the lymph nodes of the cattle and was antigenically and genetically similar to the persistent virus and different from the challenge CP-BVD virus. The present results indicate that cattle persistently infected with NCP-BVD virus can develop mucosal disease induced by antigenically different CP-BVD viruses when their cellular immunity is suppressed, although they are not immunotolerant to the virus.
    Archives of Virology 02/2001; 146(5):993-1006. DOI:10.1007/s007050170131 · 2.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The complete RNA genome of the avian nephritis virus (ANV) associated with acute nephritis in chickens has been molecularly cloned and sequenced. Excluding the poly(A) tail, the genome comprises 6,927 nucleotides and contains three sequential open reading frames (ORFs). The first ORF (ORF 1a) contains a sequence encoding a serine protease motif, and the second ORF (ORF 1b) has a sequence encoding an RNA-dependent RNA polymerase. ORF 1a may be linked to the second ORF by a ribosomal frameshifting mechanism. The third ORF (ORF 2) may encode the virion structural proteins as a polyprotein precursor. Two RNAs, probably genonic and subgenonic RNA (7.5 and 3.0 kb), were detected in the cytoplasm of ANV-infected cells. ANV and human astroviruses have the same genonic organization, and both are characterized by the presence of two RNA bands. The amino acid homologies of the products of ORF 1a, 1b, and 2 were 20.3, 41.9, and 25.8% to products of the corresponding ORFs of human astrovirus serotype 1 (A/88 Newcastle strain). We have constructed a genonic-length cDNA clone of ANV to test whether the in vitro transcript is infectious. When a chicken kidney cell culture was transfected with RNA transcribed in vitro and the cDNA clone, infectious virus was produced with cytopathic effects in the absence of trypsin. These observations suggested that the ANV (G-4260 strain) is a new genus of the family Astroviridae.
    Journal of Virology 10/2000; 74(18):8487-93. DOI:10.1128/JVI.74.18.8487-8493.2000 · 4.44 Impact Factor
  • H Jin · Y Inoshima · D Wu · A Morooka · H Sentsui ·
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    ABSTRACT: The expression of porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERV) was investigated in primary porcine peripheral blood leukocytes (PBL) of ten different pig breeds. The data suggest that PERV exists in all porcine PBL. A new retroviral element, a foamy-like pol-related sequence, was also detected in PBL. Three types of PERV were detected in almost every animal. The breeding of PERV-free pigs is likely to be difficult. Further studies are required to assess the infectious disease risks associated with xenotransplantation.
    Transplant Infectious Disease 04/2000; 2(1):11-4. DOI:10.1034/j.1399-3062.2000.020103.x · 2.06 Impact Factor
  • Yasuo Inoshima · Akira Morooka · Hiroshi Sentsui ·
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    ABSTRACT: The genus Parapoxvirus includes four members, bovine papular stomatitis virus (BPSV), pseudocowpox virus (PCPV), orf virus (ORFV) and parapoxvirus of red deer in New Zealand (PVNZ). A set of primers for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was designed to detect viral DNA from cells infected with each of the four parapoxviruses. The set of primers resulted in the amplification of appropriately sized products from cells infected with BPSV, PCPV, ORFV and PVNZ, respectively. The PCR method was applied for the detection of seven field isolates of parapoxvirus from cattle, sheep and free-ranging wild Japanese serows. The expected size of DNA was amplified from cells infected with each of the seven isolates. No specific PCR products were detected from vaccinia virus-, fowlpox virus- and mock-infected cells. Moreover, by a semi-nested PCR with an inner primer and Southern blot analysis, viral DNA was detected from lesions of clinically affected cattle, sheep and Japanese serows. These results suggested that the PCR method used in this study was specific for the detection of parapoxviruses and thus useful for diagnosis of parapoxvirus infections, especially in discrimination from diseases with similar clinical symptoms.
    Journal of Virological Methods 03/2000; 84(2):201-8. DOI:10.1016/S0166-0934(99)00144-5 · 1.78 Impact Factor
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    Yasuo Inoshima · Akira Morooka · Kenji Murakami · Hiroshi Sentsui ·
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    ABSTRACT: We compared five methods for improved extraction of very-large parapoxvirus DNA from infected cells: (i) alkaline-lysis procedure followed by phenol extraction; (ii) modified Hirt procedure, which was a neutral lysis procedure followed by phenol extraction; (iii) Hirt procedure; (iv) method used for extraction of vaccinia virus DNA; and (v) standard procedure using virus purification with an ultracentrifuge and protease-sodium dodecyl sulfate-phenol treatment. The alkaline-lysis procedure was more rapid, inexpensive and simpler than the other methods. Moreover, with this method it is not necessary to prepare any special facilities, reagents and kits. Although the extracted DNA was still crude, we could reproducibly prepare viral DNA from 2 X 10(6) infected cells in less than 2 hr and it could be readily digested by restriction endonuclease. This method will aid rapid genetic classification of parapoxvirus.
    Microbiology and Immunology 02/2000; 44(1):69-72. DOI:10.1111/j.1348-0421.2000.tb01247.x · 1.24 Impact Factor