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Syntaxin 18, a soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor (NSF) attachment protein receptor (SNARE) protein implicated in endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane fusion, forms a complex with other SNAREs (BNIP1, p31, and Sec22b) and several peripheral membrane components (Sly1, ZW10, and RINT-1). In the present study, we showed that a peripheral membrane protein(More)
Members of the Slit family are large extracellular glycoproteins that may function as chemorepellents in axon guidance and neuronal cell migration. Their actions are mediated through members of the Robo family that act as their receptors. In vertebrates, Slit causes chemorepulsion of embryonic olfactory tract, spinal motor, hippocampal and retinal ganglion(More)
Fucoidan, a sulfated polysaccharide extracted from brown algae, has a wide range of biological activities, including anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-tumor activities. In the present study, we investigated the effects of fucoidan on CCl4-induced liver fibrosis. Administration of fucoidan reduced CCl4-induced acute and chronic liver failure. Hepatic(More)
K+ conductance species in a human intestinal epithelial cell line (Intestine 407) were studied in connection with their sensitivities to an intestinal secretagogue, histamine, using the tight-seal whole-cell patch-clamp technique. Applications of positive command pulses rapidly induced outward K+ currents. The conductance became progressively larger with(More)
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