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Articles by T Chiba
Total Records ( 2 ) for T Chiba
  T Tashiro , E Sekine Kondo , T Shigeura , R Nakagawa , S Inoue , M Omori Miyake , T Chiba , N Hongo , S. i Fujii , K Shimizu , Y Yoshiga , T Sumida , K Mori , H Watarai and M. Taniguchi
 

NKT cells are characterized by their production of both Th1 and Th2 cytokines immediately after stimulation with -galactosylceramide (-GalCer), which is composed of -galactopyranose linked to ceramide (itself composed of sphingosine and fatty-acyl chains); the chain length of the ceramide varies and this affects the ability of -GalCer to stimulate cytokine production. However, the contribution of its galactopyranose sugar moiety remains unclear. We synthesized -carba-GalCer, which has an -linked carba-galactosyl moiety; here, the 5a'-oxygen atom of the D-galactopyranose ring of -GalCer is replaced by a methylene group. The -carba-GalCer was more stable and showed higher affinity to the NKT receptor. It thus enhanced and prolonged production of IL-12 and IFN- compared with -GalCer, resulting in augmented NKT cell-mediated adjuvant effects in vivo. The -carba-GalCer, which has an ether linkage, was more resistant to degradation by liver microsomes than was -GalCer, which has an acetal bond. Modulation of the sugar moiety in glycolipids might therefore provide optimal therapeutic reagents for protective immune responses against tumor or pathogens.

  T Chiba , C. Y Han , T Vaisar , K Shimokado , A Kargi , M. H Chen , S Wang , T. O McDonald , K. D O'Brien and J. W Heinecke
 

Adipose tissue secretes proteins like serum amyloid A (SAA), which plays important roles in local and systemic inflammation. Circulating SAA levels increase in obese humans, but the roles of adipose-derived SAA and hyperlipidemia in this process are unclear. We took advantage of the difference in the inducible isoforms of SAA secreted by adipose tissue (SAA3) and liver (SAA1 and 2) of mice to evaluate whether adipose tissue contributes to the circulating pool of SAA in obesity and hyperlipidemia. Genetically obese (ob/ob) mice, but not hyperlipidemic mice deficient in apolipoprotein E (Apoe–/–), had significantly higher circulating levels of SAA than their littermate controls. SAA1/2 mRNA expression in the liver and SAA3 mRNA expression in intra-abdominal fat were significantly higher in obese than thin mice, but they were not affected by hyperlipidemia in Apoe–/– mice. However, only SAA1/2 and the constitutive form of SAA (SAA4) could be detected in the circulation by mass spectrometric analysis of HDL, the major carrier of circulating SAA. In contrast, SAA3 could be detected in medium from cultured adipocytes. Our findings indicate that the expression of SAA3 in adipose tissue is upregulated by obesity, but it does not contribute to the circulating pool of SAA in mice.

 
 
 
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