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See detailThe effect of tumor-associated protein RCAS1 gene silencing on blood pressure and urinary protein excretion in pregnant mouse: a pilot study.
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Nakamura, Hitomi; Kinugasa-Taniguchi, Yukiko et al

in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2010), 203(4), 3646-36412

OBJECTIVE: The level of tumor-associated receptor-binding cancer antigen that is expressed on SiSo cells (RCAS1) is decreased significantly in preeclamptic pregnancies. We hypothesized that RCAS1 protein ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: The level of tumor-associated receptor-binding cancer antigen that is expressed on SiSo cells (RCAS1) is decreased significantly in preeclamptic pregnancies. We hypothesized that RCAS1 protein gene silencing might affect blood pressure and proteinuria in pregnant mice. STUDY DESIGN: On postcoital day 7.5, pregnant imprinting control region mice were subjected to the transfer of small interfering RNA (siRNA) against RCAS1 protein into the uterine cavity with the use of a hemagglutinating virus Japan envelope. Scramble siRNA was used as a negative control. Blood pressure and urine albumin/creatinine measurements were performed. The effect of the transferred siRNA was examined in uterine samples on postcoital day 8.5 with the use of Western blotting and immunohistochemistry analyses. RESULTS: In the RCAS1 siRNA group, blood pressure significantly raised on postcoital days 9.5, 10.5, 11.5, and 15.5, whereas urine albumin/creatinine ratio was significantly increased on postcoital day 9.5 CONCLUSION: Our results suggest the importance of RCAS1 protein in the pathophysiologic condition of preeclampsia. [less ▲]

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See detailMaternal Blood Serum and Plasma Human Tumor-Associated Antigen RCAS1 During the Course of Uncomplicated Pregnancies: A Prospective Study.
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Sharentuya, Namuxila; Tsubouchi, Hiroaki et al

in American Journal of Reproductive Immunology (2010), 64(3), 218-24

Citation Tskitishvili E, Sharentuya N, Tsubouchi H, Kinugasa-Taniguchi Y, Kanagawa T, Shimoya K, Tomimatsu T, Kimura T. Maternal blood serum and plasma human tumor-associated antigen RCAS1 during the ... [more ▼]

Citation Tskitishvili E, Sharentuya N, Tsubouchi H, Kinugasa-Taniguchi Y, Kanagawa T, Shimoya K, Tomimatsu T, Kimura T. Maternal blood serum and plasma human tumor-associated antigen RCAS1 during the course of uncomplicated pregnancies: a prospective study. Am J Reprod Immunol 2010; 64: 218-224 Problem We aimed to investigate the expression of the tumor-associated RCAS1 protein in maternal blood of uncomplicated pregnancies. Method of study Maternal blood was obtained from women with uncomplicated pregnancies (N = 43) at 11-13, 20-22, 32-34, 37-38 weeks of gestation, and immediately after delivery. Serum RCAS1 concentration was studied by ELISA, and plasma mRNA was subjected to real-time (RT)-PCR. Results Serum RCAS1 protein concentration was significantly up-regulated at 11-13 and 20-22 weeks than that at 32-34 weeks and after delivery. RCAS1 mRNA level was significantly increased at 11-13 weeks than that at 37-38 weeks. A significant positive correlation was defined between RCAS1 serum concentration at 11-13 weeks and gestational age at delivery and that between plasma RCAS1 mRNA levels at 37-38 weeks and umbilical cord blood base excess. A significant negative correlation was found between RCAS1 serum concentration at 37-38 weeks and umbilical cord blood pH at delivery. Conclusions RCAS1 protein might have importance in the development of uncomplicated pregnancies and for the prediction of pregnancy outcome. [less ▲]

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See detailTemporal and spatial expression of tumor-associated antigen RCAS1 in pregnant mouse uterus.
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Nakamura, Hitomi; Kinugasa-Taniguchi, Yukiko et al

in American Journal of Reproductive Immunology (2010), 63(2), 137-43

PROBLEM: The tumor-associated antigen RCAS1 (receptor-binding cancer antigen expressed on SiSo cells) is considered to play a role in the inhibition of maternal immune response during pregnancy, and ... [more ▼]

PROBLEM: The tumor-associated antigen RCAS1 (receptor-binding cancer antigen expressed on SiSo cells) is considered to play a role in the inhibition of maternal immune response during pregnancy, and participates in the initiation of labor and placental detachment. The aim of our study was to investigate the expression of RCAS1 protein in the uteri of normal pregnant mice. METHOD: of study Uteri with fetuses were collected from pregnant ICR mice on days 1.5, 3.5, 5.5, 7.5, and 9.5 p.c., and uterine and placental tissues were obtained separately on days 11.5, 13.5, 15.5, and 17.5 p.c. Samples were examined using real-time (RT)-PCR, Western blotting, and immunohistochemical analyses. RESULTS: In normal pregnant mice, RCAS1 protein mRNA was significantly increased on day 7.5 p.c. Antigen localization was detected in the placenta, decidua, and fetus. CONCLUSION: The results of this study suggest the importance of day 7.5 p.c. for RCAS1 protein expression in connection with placentation as a possible target for future in vivo studies. [less ▲]

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See detailNicotine suppresses interleukin-6 production from vascular endothelial cells: a possible therapeutic role of nicotine for preeclampsia.
Sharentuya, Namuxila; Tomimatsu, Takuji; Mimura, Kazuya et al

in Reproductive Sciences (2010), 17(6), 556-63

Normal pregnancy is the controlled state of inflammation and this systemic inflammatory response is reported to be more intense in preeclampsia. The current study tested the hypothesis that maternal serum ... [more ▼]

Normal pregnancy is the controlled state of inflammation and this systemic inflammatory response is reported to be more intense in preeclampsia. The current study tested the hypothesis that maternal serum stimulates interleukin 6 (IL-6) production from endothelial cells and that nicotine inhibits these effects. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were incubated with or without 0.5% serum from healthy pregnant women at term (n = 5) and treated with or without nicotine (10(-9) to 10(-6) mol/L) in the presence of 0.5% serum. Cell survival was determined by colorimetric assay. Interleukin 6 concentration and nuclear transcription factor kappa B (NF-kB) activities were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)-based method. Interleukin 6 production by endothelial cells was significantly stimulated in the presence of maternal serum. Nicotine significantly preserved cell survival and suppressed IL-6 production from endothelial cells. Nicotine also significantly inhibited NF-kB activation in endothelial cells. Nicotine inhibited inflammatory reaction through NF-kB suppression in vitro model of maternal vascular endothelium, and this effect may be one of the explanations for the reduced risk of preeclampsia in smokers. [less ▲]

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See detailNicotine restores endothelial dysfunction caused by excess sFlt1 and sEng in an in vitro model of preeclamptic vascular endothelium: a possible therapeutic role of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) agonists for preeclampsia.
Mimura, Kazuya; Tomimatsu, Takuji; Sharentuya, Namuxila et al

in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2010), 202(5), 4641-6

OBJECTIVE: In this study we tested the hypothesis that nicotine restores proangiogenic functions to endothelial cells pretreated with soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 and/or soluble endoglin. STUDY ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: In this study we tested the hypothesis that nicotine restores proangiogenic functions to endothelial cells pretreated with soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 and/or soluble endoglin. STUDY DESIGN: Wound healing assay and tube formation assay were performed using human umbilical vein endothelial cells treated with nicotine (10(-9) to 10(-6) M), and with various combinations of soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (100 ng/mL), soluble endoglin (100 ng/mL), and nicotine (10(-7) M). Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was performed to measure vascular endothelial growth factor, placental growth factor, and transforming growth factor-beta1 concentrations in the conditioned media treated with nicotine (10(-9) to 10(-6) M). RESULTS: Nicotine significantly facilitated endothelial migration and tube formation. By contrast, soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 and/or soluble endoglin suppressed these endothelial functions. Nicotine restored these soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 and/or soluble endoglin-reduced endothelial functions. Placental growth factor, but not transforming growth factor-beta1, production was significantly stimulated by the presence of nicotine. Vascular endothelial growth factor was undetectable. CONCLUSION: Our results suggest a possible mechanism for the protective effects of cigarette smoking against preeclampsia, thus proposing a therapeutic potential of nicotine or other nicotinic acetylcholine receptor agonists for preeclampsia. [less ▲]

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See detailOxidative stress-induced S100B protein from placenta and amnion affects soluble Endoglin release from endothelial cells.
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Sharentuya, Namuxila; Temma-Asano, Kumiko et al

in Molecular Human Reproduction (2010), 16(3), 188-99

Oxidative stress with elevated intracellular Ca(2+) concentration as well as endothelial dysfunction is a component of pre-eclampsia. Our aim was to investigate the oxidative stress-dependent expression ... [more ▼]

Oxidative stress with elevated intracellular Ca(2+) concentration as well as endothelial dysfunction is a component of pre-eclampsia. Our aim was to investigate the oxidative stress-dependent expression of Endoglin and Ca(2+)-binding S100B protein from villous and amniotic tissue cultures, and to assess sEng expression from S100B protein-stimulated endothelial cells. We initially examined Endoglin and Hydroxy-nonenal-(HNE)-modified proteins in the placentas and amnion obtained from women with pre-eclampsia (n = 8), and healthy controls (n = 8) by immunohistochemistry. To examine oxidative stress and the S100B protein effect on sEng expression from endothelial cells, normal villous and amniotic tissue cultures were stimulated by 4-HNE, sodium fluoride and xanthine/xanthine oxidase, whereas human umbilical vein endothelial cell cultures were treated with S100B protein in a dose- and time-dependent manner at 37 degrees C in an environment of 95% air and 5% of CO(2). Culture supernatants were assessed using ELISA. Cell viability was determined using MTS assay. The concentrations of sEng and S100B protein were significantly increased in the villous and amniotic tissue culture supernatants under oxidative stress. S100B protein-stimulated endothelial cells released sEng into conditioned media with a significantly higher expression levels at a concentration of 200 pM-20 nM S100B by 2 h, whereas treated with 200 nM of S100B endothelial cells significantly expressed sEng by 12 h and stimulated the cell proliferation by the same period of time. Our findings show that oxidative stress affects sEng and S100B protein expression from villous and amniotic tissues, and picomolar and low nanomolar concentrations of S100B protein significantly up-regulate sEng release from endothelial cells leading to endothelial dysfunction. [less ▲]

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See detailNicotine suppresses interleukin-6 production from vascular endothelial cells
Tomimatsu, Takuji; Sharentuya, Namuxila; Mimura, Kazuya et al

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See detailCan Nicotine become the remedy for the Pregnancy Induced Hypertension Syndrome?-A basic Research-
Sarun, Tuya; Tomimatsu, Takuji; Mimura, Kazuya et al

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See detailNicotine restores endothelial dysfunction caused by excess sFLT1 and sEng in in vitro model pf preeclamptic vascular endothelium
Mimura, Kazuya; Tomimatsu, Takuji; Sharentuya, Namuxila et al

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See detailAmniotic fluid 'sludge' detected in patients with subchorionic hematoma: a report of two cases.
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Tomimatsu, Takuji; Kanagawa, Takeshi et al

in Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology (2009), 33(4), 484-6

Amniotic fluid 'sludge' is defined as the presence of dense aggregates of particulate matter in close proximity to the internal cervical os. It is of clinical significance in asymptomatic patients at high ... [more ▼]

Amniotic fluid 'sludge' is defined as the presence of dense aggregates of particulate matter in close proximity to the internal cervical os. It is of clinical significance in asymptomatic patients at high risk for spontaneous delivery, and in patients with preterm labor and intact membranes. Subchorionic hematoma is another ultrasound finding that is associated with a higher incidence of threatened miscarriage and preterm delivery. We report two cases of occurrence of amniotic fluid sludge in patients with previously detected large subchorionic hematoma. In the first case subchorionic hematoma and amniotic fluid sludge were detected by ultrasonography at 13 + 1 and 18 + 6 weeks' gestation, respectively, followed by preterm premature rupture of membranes, placental abruption and emergency Cesarean section. In the second case subchorionic hematoma and amniotic fluid sludge were detected by ultrasound at 11 + 3 and 15 + 5 weeks' gestation, respectively, followed by miscarriage with histological chorioamnionitis. The coincidence of subchorionic hematoma and amniotic fluid sludge in these cases points to a possible connection between these two significant ultrasound findings. [less ▲]

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See detailThe human tumor-associated antigen RCAS1 in pregnancies complicated by pre-eclampsia.
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Komoto, Yoshiko; Kinugasa, Yukiko et al

in Journal of Reproductive Immunology (2008), 77(1), 100-8

The human tumor-associated antigen RCAS1 (receptor-binding cancer antigen expressed on SiSo cells) is considered to play a role in the escape of tumor cells from immune surveillance and, at the same time ... [more ▼]

The human tumor-associated antigen RCAS1 (receptor-binding cancer antigen expressed on SiSo cells) is considered to play a role in the escape of tumor cells from immune surveillance and, at the same time, participates in the inhibition of the maternal immune response during pregnancy. The aim of our study was to investigate the expression of tumor-associated RCAS1 protein in the placenta and amniotic membranes and to assess and compare its concentration in amniotic fluid, maternal and cord blood sera in pregnancies complicated by pre-eclampsia. Samples were obtained from women with pre-eclampsia (N=9), pre-eclampsia with IUGR (N=4), normotensive IUGR (N=7) and healthy term controls (N=25) after delivery. Placentas were studied by immunohistochemistry, Western blot analysis and real-time (RT)-PCR. For assessment of RCAS1 protein concentrations in biological fluids, ELISA was performed. RCAS1 mRNA expression in the placentas of pre-eclamptic patients was significantly lower than in controls (p<0.01). The maternal blood serum RCAS1 protein concentration in the pre-eclampsia cases was also significantly lower than in controls (p=0.0207). The other study groups did not differ significantly. This study reveals the possible role of the RCAS1 protein in the development of pre-eclampsia through an immunological pathway. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of hypothermia on neonatal stem cells
Kanagawa, Takeshi; Tomimatsu, Takuji; Mimura, Kazuya et al

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See detailRelationship between human tumor-associated antigen RCAS1 and gestational diabetes mellitus
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Komoto, Yoshiko; Kinugasa, Yukiko et al

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See detailThe tumor-associated RCAS1 protein:a contemporary view about pre-eclampsia?
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Mimura, Kazuya; Kinugasa, Yukiko et al

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See detailThe role of CRP on neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy
Kinugasa, Yukiko; Mimura, Kazuya; Katayama, Miho et al

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See detailLevel of S100B protein expression in the amnion at various gestational ages in the third trimester of normal pregnancies.
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Komoto, Yoshiko; Kinugasa, Yukiko et al

in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica (2007), 86(8), 915-20

BACKGROUND: S100B protein is a unique calcium-binding protein. Its biological role within the cell populations is not completely defined. Some pathological conditions that develop during pregnancy could ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: S100B protein is a unique calcium-binding protein. Its biological role within the cell populations is not completely defined. Some pathological conditions that develop during pregnancy could affect S100B concentrations in the amniotic fluid, cord blood, and maternal serum. The aim of our study was to assess the correlation between S100B protein expression in the amnion, amniotic fluid and gestational age in the third trimester of uncomplicated pregnancies. METHODS: Amnion, amniotic fluid, maternal peripheral and umbilical cord blood samples were collected from healthy women who delivered at 31-36 weeks (n=17), 37-40 weeks (n=22), and 41-42 weeks (n=21). The expression of S100B in the amnion was assessed by immunohistochemistry and real-time (RT)-PCR, and its concentrations in amniotic fluid, maternal and cord blood sera were determined by ELISA. RESULTS: The S100B protein expression in the amnion and its concentrations in amniotic fluid, maternal and cord blood sera of patients in the third trimester were not significantly different at various gestational ages. CONCLUSIONS: The S100B protein expression in the amnion and the S100B protein concentrations in amniotic fluid, maternal and cord blood do not vary significantly in the third trimester of uncomplicated pregnancies. [less ▲]

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See detailRelationship between human tumor-associated antigen RCAS1 and gestational diabetes mellitus.
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Komoto, Yoshiko; Kinugasa, Yukiko et al

in American Journal of Reproductive Immunology (2007), 58(5), 440-6

PROBLEM: The human tumor-associated receptor-binding cancer antigen expressed on SiSo cells (RCAS1) is considered to play a role in the inhibition of the maternal immune response during pregnancy. The aim ... [more ▼]

PROBLEM: The human tumor-associated receptor-binding cancer antigen expressed on SiSo cells (RCAS1) is considered to play a role in the inhibition of the maternal immune response during pregnancy. The aim of our study was to investigate the expression of RCAS1 protein in the placenta and to compare its concentration in maternal and cord blood sera between normal pregnancies and pregnancies complicated by gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). METHOD OF STUDY: Samples were obtained from women with GDM (n = 8), women with type 1 DM (n = 5), and healthy term controls (n = 27) after delivery. Placentas were studied by immunohistochemistry, and real-time polymerase chain reaction. For assessment of RCAS1 concentrations in maternal and cord blood sera, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was performed. RESULTS: The RCAS1 protein mRNA expression in the placentas of patients with GDM was significantly lower than that in the controls (P = 0.005). The maternal blood RCAS1 protein concentration of the GDM cases was also significantly lower than that in the controls (P = 0.0411), whereas the cord blood RCAS1 protein concentration was significantly higher in the GDM and type 1 DM groups than in the controls (P = 0.0311 and P = 0.0192, respectively). CONCLUSION: The present results suggest that RCAS1 protein might have an important role in the development of GDM. [less ▲]

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