Akira Miyamoto

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The Ah receptor (AhR) is a ligand-activated transcription factor. Five amino acids as candidate amino acids necessary for ligand binding within or near the ligand-binding domain were selected based on their evolutional conservation and their aromatic nature that could interact with xenobiotic ligands. These amino acids were changed to Ala, and the mutated(More)
Hitherto analyses of protein complexes are frequently confined to the changes in the interface of the protein subunits undergoing interaction, while the holistic picture of the protein monomers' structure transformation, or the pervasive rigidity adopted by the newly formed complex are most often than not improperly evaluated in spite of the multiple and(More)
BACKGROUND Coronary angioscopy in acute myocardial infarction has frequently revealed disrupted yellow lesions. Furthermore, postmortem studies have demonstrated that these lesions have thin collagenous caps with underlying lipid-rich cores. HYPOTHESIS We hypothesized that the yellow color is due to visualization of reflected light from the lipid-rich(More)
BACKGROUND Sarpogrelate, a serotonin blocker, has been reported to inhibit the serotonin-induced proliferation of rat aortic smooth muscle cells. The aim of this study was to investigate whether sarpogrelate reduces restenosis after coronary stenting as a result of prevention of intimal hyperplasia. METHODS We examined 79 patients with stable angina(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to investigate the association between gastric cancer screening and mortality from gastric cancer. METHODS In 1990, 47,605 Japanese subjects were recruited and completed a questionnaire about participation in gastric cancer screening and life-style. We followed up their vital status through December 2001. In this cohort, 41,394(More)
As an essential step toward cryopreservation of fish embryos, we examined the chilling sensitivity of medaka (Oryzias latipes) embryos at various developmental stages. Embryos at the 2-4 cell, 8-16 cell, morula, blastula, and early gastrula stages were suspended in Hanks solution. They were chilled to various temperatures (usually 0 degrees C), kept for(More)
The permeability of the plasma membrane plays a crucial role in the successful cryopreservation of oocytes and embryos. Several efforts have been made to facilitate the movement of water and cryoprotectants across the plasma membrane of fish oocytes/embryos because of their large size. Aquaporin-3 is a water/solute channel that can also transport various(More)
Three-dimensional quantitative structure-activity relationship (3D-QSAR) models were developed for 44 (benzothiazole-2-yl) acetonitrile derivatives, inhibiting c-Jun N-terminal kinase-3 (JNK3). It includes molecular field analysis (MFA) and receptor surface analysis (RSA). The QSAR model was developed using 34 compounds and its predictive ability was(More)
CONTEXT Whole-body-vibration (WBV) stimulus equipment has been used as a new training method for health promotion. Its use in the clinic has expanded to the field of sports and rehabilitation for disabled patients. WBV training is rapidly gaining popularity in health and fitness centers as an alternative method for improving muscle performance. Acute(More)
The permeability of the plasma membrane plays a crucial role in the successful cryopreservation of oocytes/embryos. To identify a stage feasible for the cryopreservation of teleost oocytes, we investigated the permeability to water and various cryoprotectants of medaka (Oryzias latipes) oocytes at the germinal vesicle (GV) and metaphase II (MII) stages. In(More)