Akiyoshi Tanaka

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Clostridium thermocellum CelJ is a modular enzyme containing a family 30 carbohydrate-binding module (CBM) and a family 9 catalytic module at its N-terminal moiety. To investigate the functions of the CBM and the catalytic module, truncated derivatives of CelJ were constructed and characterized. Isothermal titration calorimetric studies showed that the(More)
Halogenated gomisin J (a derivative of lignan compound), represented by the bromine derivative 1506 [(6R, 7S, S-biar)-4,9-dibromo-3,10-dihydroxy-1,2,11,12-tetramethoxy-6, 7-dimethyl-5,6,7,8- tetrahydrodibenzo[a,c]cyclo-octene], was found to be a potent inhibitor of the cytopathic effects of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) on MT-4 human T cells(More)
We constructed individual identification system of fingerprint in three-layered neural networks, and investigated the effect of fast Fourier transform (FFT) and inverse FFT (IFFT) preprocessing on the performance of individual identification system in layered neural networks. In order to identify individual robustly for degradation of fingerprint images, we(More)
The endoglucanase Cel5A from an anaerobic celluloltyic bacterium, Clostridium josui, contains family 17 CBM (CjCBM17) and family 28 CBM (CjCBM28) in tandem. Individual CjCBM17 and CjCBM28 and tandem CjCBM17/28 were constructed to determine the binding characteristics of CjCBM17/28 and to compare the binding affinity of the three CBMs. CjCBM17/28 bound to(More)
A family 22 carbohydrate-binding module (CBM22) from Clostridium stercorarium Xylanase10B raised the optimum temperature of the xylanase, but in the remaining activity of heating test, apparently the catalytic module alone showed higher remaining activity. Differential scanning calorimetry showed that CBM22 conferred resistance to thermal unfolding of the(More)
We designed four cyclic peptides which are mimics of the C-terminal region of human neuropeptide Y (NPY) on the basis of the structural model of NPY. One of these cyclic peptides, c[D-Cys29-L-Cys34]NPY Ac-29-36 (YM-42454), exhibited significantly higher affinity for the Y1-receptor than the corresponding C-terminal linear fragment, NPY Ac-28-36.(More)
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