Ayana Sakamoto

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The EPF family is a group of Cys2/His2zinc-finger proteins in petunia. In these proteins, characteristically long spacer regions have been found to separate the zinc fingers. Our previous DNA-binding studies demonstrated that two-fingered proteins (ZPT2-1 and ZPT2-2), which have spacers of different lengths, bind to two separate AGT core motifs in a spacing(More)
Base substitution mutations were introduced into the promoter region of the wheat histone H3 gene, and promoter activity was assayed in stably transformed sunflower calli or in wheat protoplasts transfected transiently. At least four positive regulatory elements, a hexamer motif (ACGTCA), two octamer(-like) motifs of a direct (CcCGGATC) and a reverse(More)
A nonamer motif (CATCCAACG) that is one of the cis-acting elements identified in the proximal promoter region of some wheat histone genes is included in the region that interacts with the wheat DNA-binding protein, HBP (histone gene-binding protein)-2. To obtain structural and functional information about this DNA-binding protein, we attempted to isolate a(More)
The development of anthers and pollen involves several stages. In an attempt to identify the transcription factors that are involved in the regulation of gene expression associated with the development of anthers, seven genes for new zinc-finger proteins that are expressed in anthers were detected using RT-PCR. Subsequent cloning and sequence analysis of(More)
The type I element (CCACGTCANCGATCCGCG) is a cis-acting element that is essential for the transcriptional regulation of the wheat histone H3 (TH012) gene. The sequence CCACGTCA in the type I element resembles various plant regulatory elements that share an ACGT core sequence, which can be recognized by different basic/leucine zipper (bZIP) proteins. Here we(More)
HBP-1 is a sequence-specific DNA-binding protein that interacts with the hexameric sequence ACGTCA, the putative cis-acting element of the wheat histone H3 gene. Gel mobility shift and DNase I footprint analyses showed that this protein interacts with homologous sequences in the regulatory regions for the transcription of the cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV)(More)
On the search for anti-cancer compounds from Thai traditional herb medicines, a bioassay-guided fractionation and chemical investigation of the methanol extract of Mammea siamensis flower resulted in the isolation and identification of eight compounds (1-8) including a novel geranylated coumarin, namely mammeanoyl (2), and seven known compounds (1 and 3-8).(More)
WZF-1 is a zinc-finger protein which binds to the wheat histone gene promoter. Southwestern-binding analyses revealed that it bound a CACTC sequence, a novel positive cis-acting element. The activity of WZF-1 gene promoter, containing six CACTC sequences, was markedly reduced when WZF-1 was co-expressed, suggesting that WZF-1 is a transcriptional repressor.
Eriobotrya japonica leaf is a traditional herbal medicine that contains numerous triterpenes, which have various pharmacological properties. In this study, we investigated the anti-proliferative activity of four triterpenes derived from E. japonica, including corosolic acid (CA), ursolic acid (UA), maslinic acid (MA) and oleanolic acid (OA), in human(More)
Drought stress is a critical environmental factor that adversely affects crop productivity and quality. Because of their immobile nature, plants have evolved mechanisms to sense and respond to drought stress. We identified a novel locus of Arabidopsis, designated DRA1 (drought responsive ankyrin1), whose disruption leads to increased drought-stress(More)
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