Eriko Takahashi

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The motile cells of chytrids were once believed to be relics from the time before the colonization of land by fungi. However, the majority of chytrids had not been found in marine but freshwater environments. We investigated fungal diversity by a fungal-specific PCR-based analysis of environmental DNA in deep-sea methane cold-seep sediments, identifying a(More)
Autophagy is a cellular self-catabolic process wherein organelles, macromolecules, and invading microbes are sequestered in autophagosomes that fuse with lysosomes. In this study, we uncover the role of nitric oxide (NO) as a signaling molecule for autophagy induction via its downstream mediator, 8-nitroguanosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (8-nitro-cGMP).(More)
To clarify the role of lipid rafts in 2-chloro-2'-deoxyadenosine (2CdA; Cladribine)-induced apoptosis, the effects of disruption of lipid rafts by methyl-beta-cyclodextrin (MbetaCD) and filipin on 2CdA-induced apoptosis were investigated in four human acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cell lines comprised of T cells (MOLT-4, Jurkat) and B cells (NALM,(More)
The effect of Aloctin A (Alo A), a lectin having anti-inflammatory activities, on prostaglandin (PG) E2 production by activated rat peritoneal macrophages was compared with that of concanavalin A (Con A), wheat germ agglutinin (WGA), plsum sativum agglutinin (PSA) and soybean agglutinin (SBA). Alo A, WGA, Con A and PSA at 10 μg per ml inhibited PG E2(More)
The effect of phospholipids on cholesteryl ester hydrolysis by neutral cholesterol esterase in alveolar macrophages was studied. Among the phospholipids used as emulsifiers, those with a negative charge, such as phosphatidylserine, phosphatidic acid, phosphatidylinositol, and cardiolipin, gave a higher level of hydrolysis by neutral cholesterol esterase(More)
Tributyltin-binding protein type 1 (TBT-bp1) is a newly discovered protein that binds with TBT in the blood of the Japanese flounder, Paralichthys olivaceus. We determined the genomic sequence of TBT-bp1 and found that this protein has a conserved exon-intron structure that is common to the lipocalin protein family. The secondary and tertiary structures of(More)
In the present study, using inhibitors of ceramide synthase (fumonisin B1), ketosphinganine synthetase (L-cycloserine), acid sphingomyelinase (D609 and desipramine) and neutral sphingomyelinase (GW4869), the role of ceramide in X-ray-induced apoptosis was investigated in MOLT-4 cells. The diacylglycerol kinase (DGK) assay showed that the intracellular(More)
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