Fumio Imamoto

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Cohesin complexes mediate sister-chromatid cohesion in dividing cells but may also contribute to gene regulation in postmitotic cells. How cohesin regulates gene expression is not known. Here we describe cohesin-binding sites in the human genome and show that most of these are associated with the CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF), a zinc-finger protein required(More)
Salmonella develops into resident bacteria in epithelial cells, and the autophagic machinery (Atg) is thought to play an important role in this process. In this paper, we show that an autophagosome-like double-membrane structure surrounds the Salmonella still residing within the Salmonella-containing vacuole (SCV). This double membrane is defective in(More)
Six types of recombination signal DNA sequences of the Multisite Gateway cloning system were investigated as to their specificity and efficiency in the LR and BP recombination reactions. In the LR reaction to generate an Expression clone by recombination between attL and attR signals which are contained in the Entry clone and the Destination vector,(More)
Nuclear pores are sophisticated gateways on the nuclear envelope that control macromolecular transport between the cytoplasm and nucleoplasm. So far the structural and functional aspects of nuclear pores have been extensively studied, but their distribution and density, which might reflect nuclear organization and function, remain unknown. Here, we report(More)
Appropriate resources and expression technology necessary for human proteomics on a whole-proteome scale are being developed. We prepared a foundation for simple and efficient production of human proteins using the versatile Gateway vector system. We generated 33,275 human Gateway entry clones for protein synthesis, developed mRNA expression protocols for(More)
An in vitro assay system was developed for accurate transcription of the octopine type T-DNA gene in a wheat germ extract. The system consists of the protein fraction extracted from the chromatin of wheat germ, substrates and exogenously added DNA. Specific initiation at the promoter was determined by a combination of primer extension analysis and size(More)
The gene hns of Escherichia coli K-12, which encodes the histone-like protein H-NS, was inactivated by insertion of a DNA (gene hph) encoding hygromycin phosphotransferase. The growth rates of two mutants lacking either one or the other of the histone-like proteins, HU and IHF, were not affected by introduction of the hns mutation. However, cells depleted(More)
Two cDNAs encoding new DNA-binding proteins (Dbps) have been cloned using a human placenta lambda gt11 recombinant cDNA library and DNA fragments as probes. Hybrid proteins expressed by the lambda gt11 cDNA library were blotted onto nitrocellulose filters, and incubated with three different radio-labeled DNA probes containing the human epidermal growth(More)
The interactions of three forms of HU dimer from Escherichia coli with DNA were compared. The complexes formed between HU and short DNA fragments (35 to 132 bp), uncurved oligodeoxyribonucleotide (oligo) with and without 5-bp deoxyriboadenosine (dA) stretches and curved oligo with 5-bp dA stretches, were analyzed by the gel retardation technique. The(More)