Curtis T. Okamoto

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PATIAL asymmetry is fundamental to the structure and function ofmost eukaryotic cells. A basic aspect of this polarity is that the cell's plasma membrane is divided into discrete domains. Examples include the membranes of axons and dendrites in neurons, the growing bud and mating projection in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and lamellipodia in(More)
Lasp-1 has been identified as a signaling molecule that is phosphorylated upon elevation of [cAMP]i in pancreas, intestine and gastric mucosa and is selectively expressed in cells within epithelial tissues. In the gastric parietal cell, cAMP-dependent phosphorylation induces the partial translocation of lasp-1 to the apically directed F-actin-rich(More)
The proton-coupled intestinal dipeptide transporter, PepT1, has 707 amino acids, 12 putative transmembrane domains (TMD), and is of importance in the transport of nutritional di- and tripeptides and structurally related drugs, such as penicillins and cephalosporins. By using a combination of molecular modeling and site-directed mutagenesis, we have(More)
Stimulation of the gastric parietal cell requires massive membrane transformations as H(+)-pumps from the domain of cytoplasmic tubulovesicles are recruited into the apical plasma membrane domain. The recycling of membrane pools, through fusion and fission processes that accompany stimulation and inhibition of HCl secretion, also involves highly selective(More)
Tuftelin-interacting protein (TFIP11) was first identified in a yeast two-hybrid screening as a protein interacting with tuftelin. The ubiquitous expression of TFIP11 suggested that it might have other functions in non-dental tissues. TFIP11 contains a G-patch, a protein domain believed to be involved in RNA binding. Using a green fluorescence protein tag,(More)
Na-K-ATPase is associated with a variety of membrane populations in lacrimal acinar cells. Acinus-like structures formed by rabbit acinar cells in primary culture were incubated with horseradish peroxidase (HRP) to label basolateral and endosomal membranes and then analyzed by electron microscopy cytochemistry with the 3-3'-diaminobenzidine reaction or by(More)
Molecular events defining enamel matrix removal during amelogenesis are poorly understood. Early reports have suggested that adaptor proteins (AP) participate in ameloblast-mediated endocytosis. Enamel formation involves the secretory and maturation stages, with an increase in resorptive function during the latter. Here, using real-time PCR, we show that(More)
The C-terminal cytoplasmic domain of the polymeric immunoglobulin receptor (pIgR) contains two tyrosine residues, Tyr668 and Tyr734. Previous work identifying Tyr734 as a critical residue in the endocytosis of the pIgR in Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells also suggested that a second functional internalization signal was present (Breitfeld, P. P.,(More)
Enamel biomineralization is a complex process that involves interactions between extracellular matrix proteins. To identify proteins interacting with tuftelin, a potential nucleator of enamel crystallites, the yeast two-hybrid system was applied to a mouse tooth expression library and a tuftelin-interacting protein (TIP) was isolated for further(More)
gamma-Adaptin and clathrin heavy chain were identified on tubulovesicles of gastric oxyntic cells with the anti-gamma-adaptin monoclonal antibody (MAb) 100/3 and an anti-clathrin heavy chain MAb (MAb 23), respectively. In Western blots, crude gastric microsomes from rabbit and rat and density gradient-purified, H-K-ATPase-rich microsomes from these same(More)