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Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica

Toshihiko Shirafuji, Takehiko Ueyama, Shigeru Tanaka, Izumi Hide, Naoaki Saito, Norio Sakai
There are many commercial antibodies with little information provided by their suppliers as to their reliability. Accordingly, commercial antibodies require proper validation before being used in scientific research. In this study, we validated several commercial antibodies, including anti-CSPα, SNAP25, tyrosine hydroxylase, ubiquitin, cleaved caspase 3, and pSer PKC motif. Anti-CSPα, SNAP25, and tyrosine hydroxylase antibodies could detect their endogenous target proteins with some degree of cross-reactivity...
December 26, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
Ibu Matsuzaki, Hideto Iguchi, Yurina Mikasa, Hiromu Morishita, Katsuya Okuda, Keita Nakaguchi, Yuki Mori, Yoshifumi Iwahashi, Kenji Warigaya, Masakazu Fujimoto, Fumiyoshi Kojima, Shin-Ichi Murata
Identification of fusion genes in cancer is essential for pathological diagnosis and clinical therapy. Although methods for detection of fusion genes, such as fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR), have been developed in last two decades, these methods are not ideal for detection of these genetic alterations owing to their high cost and time-consuming procedures. In this study, we developed novel application for detection of gene translocations using loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP)...
December 26, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
Shintaro Akiyama, Wakana Mochizuki, Yoichi Nibe, Yuka Matsumoto, Kei Sakamoto, Shigeru Oshima, Mamoru Watanabe, Tetsuya Nakamura
Intestinal goblet cells are characterized by their unique morphology and specialized function to secrete mucins. Although it is known that they are a heterogeneous population of cells, there have been few studies that relate the expression of a particular gene with functionally distinct subpopulations of intestinal goblet cells. Here we show that CCN3, a gene encoding a member of the CCN family proteins, is induced by inhibition of Notch signaling in colonic epithelial cells and expressed in goblet cells in mice...
December 26, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
Hirohumi Suzuki, Kentaro Yamada, Yasuhiro Matsuda, Minoru Onozuka, Toshiharu Yamamoto
In the present study, we investigated the distribution of CXCL14 immunoreactive endocrine cells and neurons in mouse alimentary tract by immunohistochemistry. CXCL14 immunoreactive endocrine cells were found as closed-type cells in the stomach and open-type cells in the small intestine. The immunostaining of these endocrine cells corresponded with that of the somatostatin-containing endocrine cells. Only a few CXCL14 immunoreactive endocrine cells were seen in the large intestine. CXCL14 immunoreactive fibers were observed in the muscular layer from the stomach to the rectum with most abundance in the rectum...
December 26, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
Sharmin Aktar, Sho Takatori, Takuma Tsuji, Minami Orii, Yuki Ohsaki, Jinglei Cheng, Toyoshi Fujimoto
Phosphatidylinositol 3,4-bisphosphate [PtdIns(3,4)P2] is a phosphoinositide that plays important roles in signal transduction, endocytosis, and cell migration among others. The intracellular distribution of PtdIns(3,4)P2 has mainly been studied by observing the distribution of GFP-tagged PtdIns(3,4)P2-binding protein domains in live cells and by labeling with anti-PtdIns(3,4)P2 antibody in fixed cell samples, but these methods only offer low spatial resolution results and may have pitfalls. In the present study, we developed an electron microscopic method to observe the PtdIns(3,4)P2 distribution using the SDS-treated freeze-fracture replica labeling method...
October 24, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
Taro Koike, Yosky Kataoka, Mitsuyo Maeda, Yuji Hasebe, Yuuki Yamaguchi, Mitsuo Suga, Akira Saito, Hisao Yamada
"Array tomography" is a method used to observe the fine structure of cells and tissues in a three-dimensional view. In this method, serial ultrathin sections in the ribbon state (ribbons) are mounted on a solid substrate and observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The method may also be used in conjunction with post-embedding immunocytochemistry. However, it is difficult to mount many serial ribbons on a substrate manually. We developed an inexpensive laboratory-made device that mounts ribbons by pulling a nylon fishing line and lifting the substrate up from the water in a knife boat...
October 24, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
Ryuma Haraguchi, Riko Kitazawa, Aki Murashima, Gen Yamada, Sohei Kitazawa
In mammals, the müllerian duct (MD) is an embryonic tubular structure that gives rise to the female reproductive tract (FRT). The MD originates from the coelomic epithelium (CoE) and takes on a rostral to caudal shape to establish the primary structure of the FRT under the regulation of morphogenetic signals. During these developmental processes, the MD and its derivatives require proper regulation of the Wnt-signaling-pathway. Here, to investigate the developmental contribution of FRT primordia under the influence of the Wnt-signaling, genetic lineage tracing was carried out using TopCreER/Rosa-LacZ mice to follow the fate of Wnt-signal-responsive cells during reproductive tract formation...
August 25, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
Noriko Shiotsu, Tadafumi Kawamoto, Mariko Kawai, Mika Ikegame, Yasuhiro Torii, Hiroyuki Sasaki, Toshio Yamamoto
Tight junction (TJ) is one of the cell-cell junctions and known to have the barrier and fence functions between adjacent cells in both simple and stratified epithelia. We examined the distribution pattern, constitutive proteins, and permeability of TJ in the stratified squamous epithelium of the palatal mucosa of mice. Ultrastructural observations based on the ultrathin section and freeze-fracture methods revealed that poorly developed TJs are located at the upper layer of the stratum granulosum. The positive immunofluorescence of occludin (OCD), claudin (CLD)-1 and -4 were localized among the upper layer of the stratum granulosum showing a dot-like distribution pattern...
August 25, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
Hiroshi Watanabe, Haruka Takahashi, Miyuki Hata-Kawakami, Akira Tanaka
Long-term submandibular duct obstruction is thought to cause irreversible atrophy and dysfunction of the submandibular gland. As an atrophic gland may be induced clinically by chronic or recurrent infection, it is generally removed surgically. However, the regenerative capacity of atrophic submandibular glands after long-term obstruction is not completely understood. We studied the regenerative capacity of the mouse submandibular duct using an aneurysm clip ligation model. We documented changes in the size, histologic structure and gene expression of the submandibular gland after 2 months of ligation, and 1 week, 1 month and 2 months after clip removal...
June 26, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
Yuki Shiroto, Shingo Terashima, Yoichiro Hosokawa, Kyoko Oka, Keitaro Isokawa, Eichi Tsuruga
The ciliary zonules link the lens to the ciliary body in the eye, controlling the thickness of the lens for focusing through their characteristic elasticity. The ciliary zonules are composed of oxytalan fibers. Physiological or pathological damage to the ciliary zonules, including exposure to ultraviolet (UV)-A and UV-B components, can lead to lens dislocation. However, no studies have shown whether UV affects the ciliary zonule. Here, we assessed the effects of UV light on human nonpigmented ciliary epithelial cells (HNPCECs)...
June 26, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
Atsuko Kubo, Mitsugu Sujino, Koh-Hei Masumoto, Atsuko Fujioka, Toshio Terashima, Yasufumi Shigeyoshi, Mamoru Nagano
Both prokineticin receptor 2 (pkr2) and prokineticin 2 (pk2) gene-deficient mice have hypoplasia of the main olfactory bulb (MOB). This hypoplasia has been attributed to disruption of the glomerulus that is caused by loss of afferent projection from olfactory sensory neurons (OSN), and to the impaired migration of granule cells, a type of interneuron. In the present study, we examined whether migration of the second type of interneuron, periglomerular cells (PGC), is dependent on the pkr2 expression by observing the localization of distinct subpopulations of PGC: calretinin (CR)-, calbindin (CB)- and tyrosine hydroxylase (TH)-expressing neurons...
April 27, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
Erina Iwabuchi, Yasuhiro Miki, Katsuhiko Ono, Yoshiaki Onodera, Hironobu Sasano
The estrogen receptor (ER) functions as a dimer and is involved in several different biological functions. However ER dimeric proteins have not been identified by in situ methodologies. Structured illumination microscopy (SIM) has been recently developed, which enabled the localization of protein and protein interaction. Therefore, in this study, we firstly demonstrated that ERs formed both homodimers and heterodimers in breast carcinoma cell lines using Nikon's SIM (N-SIM). ERα/α homodimers were detected in the nuclei of both ERα-positive MCF-7 and T-47D cells; 23...
April 27, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
Yoshikazu Sado, Satoko Inoue, Yasuko Tomono, Makoto Matsuyama, Masaki Fukushima, Toshitaka Oohashi, Takamichi Jogahara, Sen-Ichi Oda
We used suncus (Suncus murinus; house musk shrew) to generate partner cells for cell fusion to produce suncus monoclonal antibodies. Suncus are insectivores that are genetically distant to rodents, and recognize antigens and epitopes that are not immunogenic in mice and rats, which are the animals most commonly used in basic life science research and from which monoclonal antibodies are usually produced. To date, monoclonal antibodies from suncus have not been generated due to the lack of a plasmacytoma fusion partner...
April 27, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
Khongorzul Batchuluun, Morio Azuma, Ken Fujiwara, Takashi Yashiro, Motoshi Kikuchi
After publication of reports describing the presence of stem/progenitor cells among non-hormone-producing cells in the pituitary, the mechanism responsible for proliferation and differentiation generated considerable interest. Several studies have suggested that Notch signaling is involved. In the present study, we examined the histochemical relationship between Notch signaling molecules and the transcription factor SOX2 in rat pituitary. Combined in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry showed that Notch2 mRNA and SOX2 were co-expressed at embryonic day 14...
April 27, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
Masanori Murakoshi, Robert Yoshiyuki Osamura
In order to confirm the relationship between glutathione-peroxidase (GPx1) and biological significance on steroidogenesis, we have studied the immunocytochemical localization of GPx1 in the rat adrenal cortical cells. GPx1 was observed not only in cytoplasm (cytosol GPx1) but in mitochondria (mitochondrial GPx1). The staining intensity was altered by the functional state of the adrenal cortical cells. Furthermore, cytosol- and mitochondrial-GPx1 was modified by lipoperoxidative damage in the adrenal cortical cells...
April 27, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
Mingchun Yang, Hongkuan Yang, Hongpeng Guan, Tomoko Kato, Kenichi Mukaisho, Hiroyuki Sugihara, Kazumasa Ogasawara, Tomohiro Terada, Ikuo Tooyama
Mitochondrial ferritin (FtMt) is a novel iron storage protein with high homology to H-ferritin. Unlike the ubiquitously expressed H- and L-ferritin, FtMt is expressed in specific tissues such as the testis, heart, and brain. The function of FtMt is not fully understood; however, evidence suggests that it has a neuroprotective role in neurodegenerative diseases. We have previously reported that FtMt is expressed in catecholaminergic neurons of the monkey brainstem. To explore FtMt expression in human dopaminergic neurons, we designed a novel monoclonal antibody, C65-2, directed against human FtMt...
February 28, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
Baatarsuren Batmunkh, Narantsog Choijookhuu, Naparee Srisowanna, Uugantsetseg Byambatsogt, Phyu Synn Oo, Mohmand Noor Ali, Yuya Yamaguchi, Yoshitaka Hishikawa
Although estrogen is implicated in the regulation of cell growth and differentiation in many organs, the exact mechanism for liver regeneration is not completely understood. We investigated the effect of estrogen on liver regeneration in male and female Wistar rats after 70% partial hepatectomy (PHx) and performed immunohistochemistry, western blotting and Southwestern histochemistry. 17β-estradiol (E2) and ICI 182,780 were injected into male rats on the day before PHx. The proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) labeling index reached a maximum at 48 hr after PHx in males, and at 36 hr in females and E2-treated male rats...
February 28, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
Jun-Seok Lee, Hyun-Jin Kim, Chang-Hyun Ahn, Chang-Jin Jeon
The direction selectivity of the retina is a distinct mechanism that is critical function of eyes for survival. The direction-selective retinal ganglion cells (DS RGCs) strongly respond to a preferred direction, but rarely respond to opposite direction or null directional visual stimuli. The DS RGCs are sensitive to acetylcholine, which is secreted from starburst amacrine cells (SACs) to the DS RGCs. Here, we investigated the existence and distribution of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) α4 and β2 subunits on the dendritic arbors of the DS RGCs in adult rabbit retina using immunocytochemistry...
February 28, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
Kazuyo Tsuchiya, Takuto Ikeda, Baatarsuren Batmunkh, Narantsog Choijookhuu, Hidenobu Ishizaki, Masayuki Hotokezaka, Yoshitaka Hishikawa, Atsushi Nanashima
Mucosal immune dysregulation associated with T cells plays a critical role in the development of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). However, the definite significances of these cells in IBD still remain unclear. Therefore, we investigated the population and expression of CD4(+)CD161(+) T cells in the colonic lamina propria mononuclear cells (LPMCs) in patients with IBD by analyses using flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry. Interleukin-10 (IL-10) mRNA levels in both LPMCs and CD4(+) T cells in lamina propria (LP-CD4(+) T cells) were measured using a real-time quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction...
February 28, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
Abdulmajeed Al Drees, Mahmoud Salah Khalil, Mona Soliman
Acute kidney failure is the main cause of death among patients with severe trauma due to massive blood loss and hemorrhagic shock (HS). Renal cell injury is caused by tissue ischemia. Renal ischemia initiates a complex and interconnected chain of events resulting in cell injury and renal cell necrosis. Nitric oxide plays a crucial role in renal function and can be inhibited by aminoguanidine (AG). We studied whether AG can ameliorate pathological renal changes associated with HS syndrome in a rat model and explored the AG protection mechanism...
February 28, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
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