Eiji Katsura

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We tested 200 pesticides, including some of their isomers and metabolites, for agonism and antagonism to two human estrogen receptor (hER) subtypes, hERalpha and hERbeta, and a human androgen receptor (hAR) by highly sensitive transactivation assays using Chinese hamster ovary cells. The test compounds were classified into nine groups: organochlorines,(More)
Acute toxicity of 2,4,4'-trichloro-2'-hydroxydiphenyl ether (Irgasan DP300) (I) and its three chlorinated derivatives, 2',3,4,4'-tetrachloro-2-hydroxydiphenyl ether (II), 2',4,4',5-tetrachloro-2-hydroxydiphenyl ether (III) and 2',3,4,4',5-pentachloro-2-hydroxydiphenyl ether (IV), in mice were examined by intraperitoneal injection. The LD50 values of Irgasan(More)
Chlornitrofen (CNP) was widely used in large quantities as a herbicide in rice paddy fields in Japan during 1965-1994. Recently, there has been concern that chemicals in the environment may disrupt the endocrine function of wildlife and humans, but little is known about the effect of CNP on endocrine function. We have developed reporter gene assays for(More)
Irgasan DP300 (2,4,4'-trichloro-2'-hydroxydiphenyl ether) (I), an antimicrobial agent for use with fabrics, was easily chlorinated with sodium hypochlorite to give 2',3,4,4'-tetrachloro-2-hydroxydiphenyl ether (II), 2',4,4',5-tetrachloro-2-hydroxydiphenyl ether (III) and 2',3,4,4',5-pentachloro-2-hydroxydiphenyl ether (IV). Irgasan DP300 and its chlorinated(More)
A simple and highly sensitive method for determining the fatty acid composition of food lipids containing conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is described. The method is based on the separation of the 9-anthrylmethyl ester derivatives of saturated and unsaturated (conjugated and non-conjugated) fatty acids by reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography(More)
Wilson's disease (WND) is an autosomal recessive disorder of copper (Cu) accumulation leading to liver and/or brain damage. Oral chelating agents and diet are effective in treating WND. However, once irreversible damage has occurred, the effect of treatment is diminished and the patient's quality of life is compromised. For these reasons an effective method(More)
Commercial textile products containing 2,4,4'-trichloro-2'-hydroxydiphenyl ether (Irgasan DP300) as an antimicrobial agent gave dichlorodibenzo-p-dioxin(s) (di-CDD) upon combustion. The extent of conversion of Irgasan DP300 into di-CDD(s) reached 19-43% at 600 degrees C. Upon bleaching the textile products with sodium hypochlorite, Irgasan DP300 was(More)
TTP accelerated ATP-induced superprecipitation of actomyosin in as low a concentration as 30 muM and decreased light scattering by actomyosin. These effects could also be observed in the same way, but to a lesser degree, by addition to TDP. Myosin was able to hydrolyze TTP to TDP, but some important differences were confirmed between myosin TTPase and(More)