Asami Makino

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Cinnamycin is a unique toxin in that its receptor, phosphatidylethanolamine (PE), resides in the inner layer of the plasma membrane. Little is known about how the toxin recognizes PE and causes cytotoxicity. We showed that cinnamycin induced transbilayer phospholipid movement in target cells that leads to the exposure of inner leaflet PE to the toxin. Model(More)
We examined the influence of nucleobases, nucleosides, nucleotides, and their analogs on rat cerebellar Purkinje cells in primary culture and found that the number of cultured Purkinje cells was greatly increased by the nucleobase adenine. Purkinje cells were cultured for 13 days in vitro in the presence of various reagents, and the resulting cell numbers(More)
We identified a novel, nontoxic mushroom protein that specifically binds to a complex of sphingomyelin (SM), a major sphingolipid in mammalian cells, and cholesterol (Chol). The purified protein, termed nakanori, labeled cell surface domains in an SM- and Chol-dependent manner and decorated specific lipid domains that colocalized with inner leaflet small(More)
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