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Articles by T Shigeura
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  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.

 
 
 
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