Chikako Suzuki

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The RNA helicase eIF4A plays a key role in unwinding of mRNA and scanning during translation initiation. Free eIF4A is a poor helicase and requires the accessory proteins eIF4G and eIF4H. However, the structure of the helicase complex and the mechanisms of stimulation of eIF4A activity have remained elusive. Here we report the topology of the eIF4A/4G/4H(More)
Programmed Cell Death 4 (PDCD4) is a protein known to bind eukaryotic initiation factor 4A (eIF4A), inhibit translation initiation, and act as a tumor suppressor. PDCD4 contains two C-terminal MA3 domains, which are thought to be responsible for its inhibitory function. Here, we analyze the structures and inhibitory functions of these two PDCD4 MA3 domains(More)
Antigen recognition by alphabeta T lymphocytes is mediated via the multisubunit T-cell receptor (TCR) complex consisting of invariant CD3-gamma,delta,epsilon, and zeta chains associated with clonotypic TCRalpha,beta molecules. In the current report, we evaluated the molecular basis for recognition of murine TCRalpha proteins by H28-710 monoclonal antibody(More)
Spf1p is a P-type ATPase that is mainly localized to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The protein is involved in the maintenance of ion homeostasis in the ER. To investigate the intracellular role of Spf1p in more detail, we performed a genetic screen for mutations that lead to synthetic lethality in combination with a disruption(More)
In addition to the genes involved in tetracycline resistance, the loop region of the composite transposon Tn10 contains two other known genes, tetC and tetD, whose functions are unclear. Using primarily a genetic approach, we examined tetCD gene expression and regulation. The tetC gene product, TetC, is a diffusible repressor of both tetC and tetD(More)
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