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OSABE Makoto, Ph.D. / Associate Professor

Division of Pharmaceutical Health Biosciences

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Topics

1. Molecular and cellular mechanisms of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) activation.

2. Determining the regulatory mechanism of PPARs-mediated function.

3. Biomarkers for prediction of idiosyncratic adverse drug reactions and its molecular mechanisms.

Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are ligand-activated transcription factors belonging to the nuclear receptor family. PPARs function as regulators of lipid and lipoprotein metabolism and glucose homeostasis and influence cellular proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis. We investigate the molecular and cellular mechanisms of PPARs activation, focusing on those xenobiotics that activate the receptor without the direct binding. Idiosyncratic adverse drug reactions (IADRs), as seen in Stevens–Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), are unpredictable and potentially life threatening. These reactions involve immune mechanisms, and genetic association studies have identified strong links between hypersensitivity to specific drugs and certain human leukocyte antigen (HLA) alleles. We investigate the biomarkers for prediction of SJS/TEN associated with mogamulizumab, a humanized anti-CC chemokine receptor 4 (CCR4) monoclonal antibody.

Representative Publications

1. Osabe M, Tajika T, Tohkin M: Allopurinol suppresses expression of the regulatory T cell migration factors TARC/CCL17 and MDC/CCL22 in HaCaT keratinocytes via restriction of NF-κB activation. J. Appl. Toxicol. 2017 38(2), 274-283.

2. Shizu R, Osabe M, Perera L, Moore R, Sueyoshi T, Negishi M: Phosphorylated nuclear receptor CAR forms a homodimer to repress its constitutive activity for ligand activation. Mol Cell Biol 2017, 37(10): e00649-16

3. Osabe M, Negishi M: Active ERK1/2 protein interacts with the phosphorylated nuclear constitutive active/androstane receptor (CAR; NR1I3), repressing dephosphorylation and sequestering CAR in the cytoplasm. J. Biol. Chem. 2011, 286(41): 35763-35769.