Akio Yamazaki

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Immuno-imaging with confocal and electron microscopy revealed the localization of retinal guanylate cyclase (RetGC) in human and monkey retinas. Using an antibody against a peptide derived from human RetGC, RetGC was found predominantly in the photoreceptor layer in these retinas, although a small amount of RetGC was detected in various other retinal cells.(More)
Interaction between the gamma subunit (Pgamma) of cGMP phosphodiesterase and the alpha subunit (Talpha) of transducin is a key step for the regulation of cGMP phosphodiesterase in retinal rod outer segments. Here we have utilized a combination of specific modification by an endogenous enzyme and site-directed mutagenesis of the Pgamma polycationic region to(More)
This paper introduces a methodology for neural network global optimization. The aim is the simultaneous optimization of multilayer perceptron (MLP) network weights and architectures, in order to generate topologies with few connections and high classification performance for any data sets. The approach combines the advantages of simulated annealing, tabu(More)
Cyclic GMP phosphodiesterase (PDE) is an essential component in retinal phototransduction. PDE is regulated by Pgamma, the regulatory subunit of PDE, and GTP/Talpha, the GTP-bound alpha subunit of transducin. In previous studies (Tsuboi, S., Matsumoto, H. , Jackson, K. W., Tsujimoto, K., Williamas, T., and Yamazaki, A. (1994) J. Biol. Chem. 269,(More)
In bullfrog (Rana catesbiana) rods the activity of cyclic GMP (cGMP) phosphodiesterase was stimulated 10 times by washing disc membranes with an isotonic, GTP-containing buffer. This stimulation was maintained following hydrolysis of GTP and after removal of guanine nucleotides. At least 60-70% of the inhibitory gamma subunit of cGMP phosphodiesterase (P(More)
Two classes of high affinity, cGMP-specific binding sites have been found in association with a peripheral membrane protein in rod outer segments. [3H]cGMP and a photoaffinity label, 8-N3-[32P]cIMP, have been used to study these cGMP binding sites. The cGMP binding sites co-migrated with rod outer segment phosphodiesterase (EC upon Bio-Gel A-0.5m(More)
Hemangioma is a rare tumor of the mediastinum. We report a case of cavernous hemangioma of the anterior mediastinum that was incidentally detected by chest radiography during a routine health check. A mass lesion was seen in the anterior mediastinum on computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging of the chest. Because a thymoma with cystic(More)
Cyclic GMP phosphodiesterase, a key enzyme in phototransduction, is composed of P alpha beta and two P gamma subunits. Interaction of P gamma with P alpha beta or with the alpha subunit (T alpha) of transducin is crucial for the regulation of cGMP phosphodiesterase in retinal photoreceptors. Here we have investigated phosphorylation of P gamma by(More)
Retinal guanylyl cyclase-1 (retGC-1), a key enzyme in phototransduction, is activated by guanylyl cyclase-activating proteins (GCAPs) if [Ca2+] is less than 300 nM. The activation is believed to be essential for the recovery of photoreceptors to the dark state; however, the molecular mechanism of the activation is unknown. Here, we report that dimerization(More)