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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)
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)
Fast and proper assessment of bio macro-molecular complex structural rigidity as a measure of structural stability can be useful in systematic studies to predict molecular function, and can also enable the design of rapid scoring functions to rank automatically generated bio-molecular complexes. Based on the graph theoretical approach of Jacobs et al.(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)
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)
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)
A novel algorithm is introduced to deal with intra-molecular motions of loops and domains that undergo proteins at interaction with other proteins. The methodology is based on complex energy landscape sampling and robotic motion planning. Mapping high flexibility regions on the protein underlies the proposed algorithm. This is the first time this type of(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)
Molecular Dynamics has been used to simulate the anti-wear chemistry of zinc dialkyl dithiophosphate (ZDDP). The model simulates the digestion of abrasive particles into the zinc polyphosphate glass. The main result is that the driving force for the tribochemical reaction is not temperature but entropy due to mechanical mixing at the atomic scale.
In this work, the friction anisotropy of hexagonal MoS(2) (a well-known lamellar compound) was theoretically investigated. A molecular dynamics method was adopted to study the dynamical friction of two-layered MoS(2) sheets at atomistic level. Rotational disorder was depicted by rotating one layer and was changed from 0° to 60°, in 5° intervals. The(More)