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Mitobe Y.,Torii Pharmaceutical Co. | Mitobe Y.,University of Tsukuba | Yokomoto Y.,JPN Tobacco Inc. | Ohashi-Doi K.,Torii Pharmaceutical Co.
Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology | Year: 2015

Japanese cedar (JC) pollinosis is caused by Japanese cedar pollen (JCP) and most common seasonal allergic disease in Japan. Subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) with allergen extract of JCP (JCP-allergen extract) is well established for JC pollinosis treatment with improvement of symptoms. However, major drawbacks for SCIT are repeated painful injections, frequent hospital visits and anaphylactic risk. Currently, sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) has received much attention as an advanced alternative application with lower incidence of systemic reactions because the liquid or tablet form of allergen is placed under the tongue. The aim of this study was safety evaluation of standardized JCP-allergen extract currently developed for SLIT in JC pollinosis. JCP-allergen extract showed no potential genotoxicity. No systemic effects were observed in rats administered JCP-allergen extract orally for 26. weeks followed by 4-week recovery period. Mild local reactions such as hyperplasia and increased globule leukocytes resulting from vehicle (glycerin)-induced irritation were observed in stomach. No-observed-adverse-effect level was greater than 10,000. JAU/kg/day for systemic toxicity, equivalent to 300-fold the human dose. No local irritation was found in rabbits oral mucosae by 7-day sublingual administration. These results demonstrate the safe profile of standardized JCP-allergen extract, suggesting it is suitable for SLIT in JC pollinosis. © 2015 Elsevier Inc. Source

Ochiai N.,GERSTEL K.K. | Mitsui K.,JPN Tobacco Inc. | Mitsui K.,Ehime University | Sasamoto K.,GERSTEL K.K. | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Chromatography A | Year: 2014

A method is developed for identification of sulfur compounds in tobacco smoke extract. The method is based on large volume injection (LVI) of 10μL of tobacco smoke extract followed by selectable one-dimensional (1D) or two-dimensional (2D) gas chromatography (GC) coupled to a hybrid quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometer (Q-TOF-MS) using electron ionization (EI) and positive chemical ionization (PCI), with parallel sulfur chemiluminescence detection (SCD). In order to identify each individual sulfur compound, sequential heart-cuts of 28 sulfur fractions from 1D GC to 2D GC were performed with the three MS detection modes (SCD/EI-TOF-MS, SCD/PCI-TOF-MS, and SCD/PCI-Q-TOF-MS). Thirty sulfur compounds were positively identified by MS library search, linear retention indices (LRI), molecular mass determination using PCI accurate mass spectra, formula calculation using EI and PCI accurate mass spectra, and structure elucidation using collision activated dissociation (CAD) of the protonated molecule. Additionally, 11 molecular formulas were obtained for unknown sulfur compounds. The determined values of the identified and unknown sulfur compounds were in the range of 10-740ngmg total particulate matter (TPM) (RSD: 1.2-12%, n=3). © 2014 The Authors. Source

Nagai A.,Japan Tobacco Inc. | Nagai A.,Kyushu University | Mine T.,JPN Tobacco Inc. | Mine T.,Japan Tobacco Inc. | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering | Year: 2013

Tobacco plant was known to be a non-fructan-storing plant. However, we demonstrated that fructo-oligosaccharides (FOSs) were formed in cured tobacco leaf on adding sucrose to the leaf in our previous report (Nagai et al., J. Agric. Food Chem., 60, 6606-6612, 2012). Also, it was expected from the results obtained in previous study that FOSs were generated by enzymatic reaction in cured tobacco leaf. The purpose of this study is to confirm and understand the mechanisms of above-mentioned FOSs formation. Thus, we tried to purify the enzymes related to the production of FOSs. The enzymes were extracted from pulverized cured tobacco leaf (burley type leaf), and were purified by charcoal treatment, ultrafiltration, and several chromatography techniques. As a result, one of the enzymes was purified up to 414-fold. It was revealed that this enzyme was acid invertase exhibiting maximum transfructosylation activity at pH 6.0, 60°C. In addition, general properties of this enzyme were also investigated. The enzyme purified in this study enhanced the ratio of FOSs formation under the condition of high concentrated sucrose. From these results, it was suggested that this enzyme participated in the formation of FOSs in tobacco leaf after curing. © 2013 The Society for Biotechnology, Japan. Source

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