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Stephen Nishimura, M.D.

Pulmonary pathologist

Dr. Stephen L. Nishimura is an expert in pulmonary pathology with an emphasis on interstitial lung disease (ILD) and lung cancer. In his research, Nishimura is investigating the regulation of cell behavior related to development, cell signaling, tumor growth, metastasis, the formation and differentiation of blood vessels and wound repair, particularly in the lungs. Nishimura earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He then completed fellowships in anatomic pathology and laboratory medicine, as well as molecular and cell biology at UCSF. Nishimura also completed a fellowship in pulmonary pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C.

Nishimura is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the American Lung Association, UCSF Academic Senate and American Cancer Society. He is a member of the American Society for Cell Biology and the American Society of Investigative Pathology. Currently, he holds the position of associate professor in residence in the department of pathology at UCSF.

More about Stephen Nishimura

Education

University of Vermont College of Medicine 1988

Residencies

UCSF Medical Center, Anatomic Pathology 1991

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Publicover J, Gaggar A, Nishimura S, Van Horn CM, Goodsell A, Muench MO, Reinhardt RL, van Rooijen N, Wakil AE, Peters M, Cyster JG, Erle DJ, Rosenthal P, Cooper S, Baron JL. Age-dependent hepatic lymphoid organization directs successful immunity to hepatitis B. J Clin Invest. 2013 Sep 3; 123(9):3728-39.
  2. Araya J, Kojima J, Takasaka N, Ito S, Fujii S, Hara H, Yanagisawa H, Kobayashi K, Tsurushige C, Kawaishi M, Kamiya N, Hirano J, Odaka M, Morikawa T, Nishimura SL, Kawabata Y, Hano H, Nakayama K, Kuwano K. Insufficient autophagy in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2013 Jan 1; 304(1):L56-69.
  3. Markovics JA, Araya J, Cambier S, Somanath S, Gline S, Jablons D, Hill A, Wolters PJ, Nishimura SL. Interleukin-1beta induces increased transcriptional activation of the transforming growth factor-beta-activating integrin subunit beta8 through altering chromatin architecture. J Biol Chem. 2011 Oct 21; 286(42):36864-74.
  4. Numata T, Araya J, Fujii S, Hara H, Takasaka N, Kojima J, Minagawa S, Yumino Y, Kawaishi M, Hirano J, Odaka M, Morikawa T, Nishimura SL, Nakayama K, Kuwano K. Insulin-dependent phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/Akt and ERK signaling pathways inhibit TLR3-mediated human bronchial epithelial cell apoptosis. J Immunol. 2011 Jul 1; 187(1):510-9.
  5. Kitamura H, Cambier S, Somanath S, Barker T, Minagawa S, Markovics J, Goodsell A, Publicover J, Reichardt L, Jablons D, Wolters P, Hill A, Marks JD, Lou J, Pittet JF, Gauldie J, Baron JL, Nishimura SL. Mouse and human lung fibroblasts regulate dendritic cell trafficking, airway inflammation, and fibrosis through integrin av▀8-mediated activation of TGF-▀. J Clin Invest. 2011 Jul; 121(7):2863-75.
  6. Publicover J, Goodsell A, Nishimura S, Vilarinho S, Wang ZE, Avanesyan L, Spolski R, Leonard WJ, Cooper S, Baron JL. IL-21 is pivotal in determining age-dependent effectiveness of immune responses in a mouse model of human hepatitis B. J Clin Invest. 2011 Mar; 121(3):1154-62.
  7. Minagawa S, Araya J, Numata T, Nojiri S, Hara H, Yumino Y, Kawaishi M, Odaka M, Morikawa T, Nishimura SL, Nakayama K, Kuwano K. Accelerated epithelial cell senescence in IPF and the inhibitory role of SIRT6 in TGF-▀-induced senescence of human bronchial epithelial cells. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2011 Mar; 300(3):L391-401.
  8. Markovics JA, Araya J, Cambier S, Jablons D, Hill A, Wolters PJ, Nishimura SL. Transcription of the transforming growth factor beta activating integrin beta8 subunit is regulated by SP3, AP-1, and the p38 pathway. J Biol Chem. 2010 Aug 6; 285(32):24695-706.
  9. Arjomandi M, Seward J, Gotway MB, Nishimura S, Fulton GP, Thundiyil J, King TE, Harber P, Balmes JR. Low prevalence of chronic beryllium disease among workers at a nuclear weapons research and development facility. J Occup Environ Med. 2010 Jun; 52(6):647-52.
  10. Araya J, Nishimura SL. Fibrogenic reactions in lung disease. Annu Rev Pathol. 2010; 5:77-98.
  11. Su H, Kim H, Pawlikowska L, Kitamura H, Shen F, Cambier S, Markovics J, Lawton MT, Sidney S, Bollen AW, Kwok PY, Reichardt L, Young WL, Yang GY, Nishimura SL. Reduced expression of integrin alphavbeta8 is associated with brain arteriovenous malformation pathogenesis. Am J Pathol. 2010 Feb; 176(2):1018-27.
  12. Chesnokova LS, Nishimura SL, Hutt-Fletcher LM. Fusion of epithelial cells by Epstein-Barr virus proteins is triggered by binding of viral glycoproteins gHgL to integrins alphavbeta6 or alphavbeta8. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Dec 1; 106(48):20464-9.
  13. Nishimura SL. Integrin-mediated transforming growth factor-beta activation, a potential therapeutic target in fibrogenic disorders. Am J Pathol. 2009 Oct; 175(4):1362-70.
  14. Zhu Y, Cuevas IC, Gabriel RA, Su H, Nishimura S, Gao P, Fields A, Hao Q, Young WL, Yang GY, Boudreau NJ. Restoring transcription factor HoxA5 expression inhibits the growth of experimental hemangiomas in the brain. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2009 Jun; 68(6):626-32.
  15. Wilson SM, Barbone D, Yang TM, Jablons DM, Bueno R, Sugarbaker DJ, Nishimura SL, Gordon GJ, Broaddus VC. mTOR mediates survival signals in malignant mesothelioma grown as tumor fragment spheroids. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2008 Nov; 39(5):576-83.
  16. An F, Drummond DC, Wilson S, Kirpotin DB, Nishimura SL, Broaddus VC, Liu B. Targeted drug delivery to mesothelioma cells using functionally selected internalizing human single-chain antibodies. Mol Cancer Ther. 2008 Mar; 7(3):569-78.
  17. Vilarinho S, Ogasawara K, Nishimura S, Lanier LL, Baron JL. Blockade of NKG2D on NKT cells prevents hepatitis and the acute immune response to hepatitis B virus. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 Nov 13; 104(46):18187-92.
  18. Araya J, Cambier S, Markovics JA, Wolters P, Jablons D, Hill A, Finkbeiner W, Jones K, Broaddus VC, Sheppard D, Barzcak A, Xiao Y, Erle DJ, Nishimura SL. Squamous metaplasia amplifies pathologic epithelial-mesenchymal interactions in COPD patients. J Clin Invest. 2007 Nov; 117(11):3551-62.
  19. Araya J, Cambier S, Morris A, Finkbeiner W, Nishimura SL. Integrin-mediated transforming growth factor-beta activation regulates homeostasis of the pulmonary epithelial-mesenchymal trophic unit. Am J Pathol. 2006 Aug; 169(2):405-15.
  20. Diaz JV, Koff J, Gotway MB, Nishimura S, Balmes JR. Case report: a case of wood-smoke-related pulmonary disease. Environ Health Perspect. 2006 May; 114(5):759-62.

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