Daisei Kitamura

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Of the various classes of antibodies that B lymphocytes can produce, class M (IgM) is the first to be expressed on the membrane of the developing cells. Pre-B cells, the precursors of B-lymphocytes, produce the heavy chain of IgM (mu chain), but not light chains. Recent data suggest that pre-B cells express mu chains on the membrane together with the(More)
Cross-linking of the Ag receptors on lymphocytes initiates activation of the receptor-coupled tyrosine kinases. HS1 is one of the substrates of these kinases and has been shown to transduce the signals for both clonal expansion and deletion in lymphoid cells. To gain further insight into the mechanism of action of HS1, we have tried to identify a protein(More)
The Src family protein-tyrosine kinase Lyn associates physically with the BCR and has been suggested to play an important role in BCR-mediated signaling. Studies with lyn-/- mice showed that the number of B cells decreased by half in their peripheral tissues. In addition, these B cells do not respond normally to a number of stimuli, including BCR(More)
Protein L-isoaspartyl methyltransferase (PIMT) is suggested to play a role in the repair of aged protein spontaneously incorporated with isoaspartyl residues. We generated PIMT-deficient mice by targeted disruption of the PIMT gene to elucidate the biological role of the gene in vivo. PIMT-deficient mice died from progressive epileptic seizures with grand(More)
From pharmacological studies using histamine antagonists and agonists, it has been demonstrated that histamine modulates many physiological functions of the hypothalamus, such as arousal state, locomotor activity, feeding, and drinking. Three kinds of receptors (H1, H2, and H3) mediate these actions. To define the contribution of the histamine H1 receptors(More)
Burnet's clonal selection theory suggests that each B lymphocyte is committed to a single antibody specificity. This is achieved by a programme of somatic rearrangements of the gene segments encoding antibody variable (V) regions, in the course of B-cell development. Evidence from immunoglobulin-transgenic mice and immunoglobulin-gene-transfected(More)
A novel cDNA clone designated as HS1, which show an expression pattern limited to human hematopoietic cells, was isolated. About 2kb mRNA of the clone was accumulated in all the mature and immature lymphoid and myeloid cell lines tested, and two of three erythroblastoid cell lines, but not in any cell lines of non-hematopoietic tissues. The same mRNA was(More)
In productively rearranged murine VH-DH-JH genes (encoding immunoglobulin heavy chain variable regions), the DH elements are preferentially used in one particular reading frame (RF1), although the recombination breakpoints at the DH-JH border vary. Despite this variability, the bias of RF usage is not due to cellular selection by antigen but is(More)
HS1, an intracellular protein expressed specifically in hematopoietic cells, is rapidly tyrosine phosphorylated after cross-linking of antigen receptors on B and T lymphocytes, implicating involvement of this molecule in the signal transduction pathways from the antigen receptors as a substrate of membrane-associated tyrosine kinase(s). The development of(More)
Stage-restricted expression of cell surface molecules serves to delineate B lineage cells during their progressive differentiation within the bone marrow. The BP-1/6C3 Ag, aminopeptidase A (APA), is selectively expressed by the pre-B and immature B cells. This ectoenzyme, which is also present on bone marrow-derived stromal cells, thymic cortical epithelial(More)