Chikako Kitayama

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We cloned the myo2 gene of Schizosaccharomyces pombe, which encodes a type II myosin heavy chain, by virtue of its ability to promote diploidization in fission yeast cells. The myo2 gene encodes 1,526 amino acids in a single open reading frame. Myo2p shows homology to the head domains and the coiledcoil tail of the conventional type II myosin heavy chain(More)
We cloned the myo3+ gene of Schizosaccharomyces pombe which encodes a type-II myosin heavy chain. myo3 null cells showed a defect in cytokinesis under certain conditions. Overproduction of Myo3 also showed a defect in cytokinesis. Double mutant analysis indicated that Myo3 genetically interacts with Cdc8 tropomyosin and actin. Myo3 may be implicated in(More)
Formins are highly conserved regulators of cytoskeletal organization and share three regions of homology: the FH1, FH2 and FH3 domains. Of the nine known formin genes or pseudogenes carried by Dictyostelium, forC is novel in that it lacks an FH1 domain. Mutant Dictyostelium lacking forC (DeltaforC) grew normally during the vegetative phase and, when(More)
BACKGROUND Formins are multidomain proteins defined by a conserved FH2 (formin homology 2) domain with actin nucleation activity preceded by a proline-rich FH1 (formin homology 1) domain. Formins act as profilin-modulated processive actin nucleators conserved throughout a wide range of eukaryotes. RESULTS We present a detailed sequence analysis of the 10(More)
Structural elucidation of an intensely blue fluorescent compound (A) formed from sepiapterin by Bacillus subtilis is described. The structure of the catabolite (A) was found to be 2-amino-6-(1-carboxyethoxy)-4(3H)-pteridinone (9) from both spectroscopic and degradation studies. This was confirmed by an unambiguous synthesis of 9. The stereochemical(More)
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