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Fujimoto Keiko Last modified date:2018.12.06

Assistant Professor / Division of Molecular Bioinformatics / Department of Pharmaceutical Health Care and Sciences / Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

1. 藤本 景子, Hiroaki Ida, 廣田 有子, Masaki Ishigai, 天野 潤, 田中 嘉孝, Intracellular Dynamics and Fate of a Humanized Anti-Interleukin-6 Receptor Monoclonal Antibody, Tocilizumab., Molecular Pharmacology, 10.1124, 88, 4, 660-675, 2015.10, Tocilizumab (TCZ), a humanized anti-interleukin-6 (IL-6) receptor (IL-6R) monoclonal antibody, abrogates signal transducer protein gp130-mediated IL-6 signaling by competitively inhibiting the binding of IL-6 to the receptor, and shows clinical efficacy in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Despite accumulating evidence for therapeutic efficacy, the behavior and fate of TCZ at the cellular level remain largely unknown. To address this, we evaluated the endocytosis and intracellular trafficking of IL-6R in HeLa cells. The results of our study provide evidence that IL-6R is constitutively internalized from the cell surface by ligand or TCZ binding and the expression of gp130 in an independent manner and is targeted via endosomes without being significantly directed to the recycling pathway to, and degraded in, lysosomes. Furthermore, the cytoplasmic tail of IL-6R is required for constitutive endocytosis of the receptor, which is mediated by the clathrin and AP-2 complex. We further demonstrate that FcRn, whose function is to regulate the serum persistence of IgG, is confined primarily to early/recycling endosomes and rapidly transits between these compartments and late endosomes/lysosomes without being degraded. Importantly, the expression of FcRn induces the segregation of TCZ from IL-6R, resulting in extensive colocalization of TCZ and FcRn in IL-6R-depleted endosomal compartments. Collectively, our results suggest that FcRn can accelerate the retrieval of the internalized TCZ, not only from endosomes but also from lysosomes. Our findings provide new insight into the mechanism by which the antibody internalized into cells is rescued from lysosomal degradation and into how its serum levels are maintained..
2. Kanae Tashiro, Mayumi Shishido, Fujimoto Keiko, Yuko Hirota, Kazuyuki Yo, Takamasa Gomi, Yoshitaka Tanaka, Age-related disruption of autophagy in dermal fibroblasts modulates extracellular matrix components., Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun., 443, 1, 167-172, 2014.01.
3. Hideaki Fujita, Keiko Fujimoto, Kenzo Tokunaga, and Yoshitaka Tanaka, Intracellular logistics of BST-2/tetherin, Current HIV Research, in press, 2012.08.