Gunji Nagatani

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The Y-box binding protein (YB-1) binds to inverted CCAAT box sequences that are present in the promoter region of many genes. We previously showed that YB-1 is overexpressed in human cancer cell lines that are resistant to cisplatin and that the depletion of YB-1 by transfection of a vector expressing YB-1 antisense RNA increases the sensitivity of human(More)
We have previously shown that Y box-binding protein-1 (YB-1) binds preferentially to cisplatin-modified Y box sequences. Based on structural and biochemical data, we predicted that this protein binds single-stranded nucleic acids. In the present study we confirmed the prediction and also discovered some unexpected functional features of YB-1. We found that(More)
A nonhistone chromosomal protein, high mobility group (HMG) 1, is ubiquitous in higher eukaryotic cells and binds preferentially to cisplatin-modified DNA. HMG1 also functions as a coactivator of p53, a tumor suppressor protein. We investigated physical interactions between HMG1 and p53 and the influence of p53 on the ability of HMG1 to recognize damaged(More)
The nonhistone chromosomal protein, high mobility group 1 (HMG1), which is ubiquitously expressed in higher eukaryotic cells, preferentially binds to cisplatin-modified DNA. The observation that HMG1 is overexpressed in cisplatin-resistant human cancer cells suggests that cisplatin resistance may be closely associated with HMG1. To decipher the mechanism of(More)
We demonstrated recently that expression of the UDP- N -acetyl-alpha-D-galactosamine: polypeptide N -acetylgalactosaminyltrans-ferase-3 (GalNAc-T3) gene is restricted to epithelial glands [Nomoto, Izumi, Ise, Kato, Takano, Nagatani, Shibao, Ohta, Imamura, Kuwano, Matsuo, Yamada, Itoh and Kohno (1999) Cancer Res. 59, 6214-6222]. In the present study, we show(More)
The UDP-N-acetyl-alpha-D-galactosamine: polypeptide N-acetylgalactosaminyl transferase-3 (Gal NAc-T3) gene, a member of the Gal NAc transferase gene family, is expressed in a tissue-specific manner. To elucidate the function of this gene, we have focused on the molecular mechanism underlying regulation of gene expression. We have cloned Gal NAc-T3 cDNA and(More)
The CCAAT-binding transcription factor (CTF)/nuclear factor I (NF-I) group of cellular DNA-binding proteins recognizes the sequence GCCAAT and is implicated in eukaryotic transcription, as well as DNA replication. Molecular analysis of human CTF/NF-I cDNA clones revealed multiple mRNA species that contain alternative coding regions, apparently as a result(More)
We have previously shown that the DNA topoisomerase II alpha (topo II alpha) gene is down-regulated in VP16/VM26-resistant cells at the transcriptional level. To determine the DNA elements responsible for down-regulation, the transcriptional activities of luciferase reporter constructs containing various lengths of the promoter sequences were investigated(More)
CONCLUSIONS The risk factors for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) detection in head and neck cancer patients are the duration of hospitalization, intravenous hyperalimentation, prior antibiotic use, and the coexistence of other pathogens. OBJECTIVES To shed light on the clinical characteristics of MRSA-positive inpatients with head and(More)
Human cancer cells have been found to express a large number of IL-13 receptors. We have previously shown that mRNA encoding one of these receptors, IL-13Ralpha1, is increased in cisplatin-resistant cells and is upregulated in tumor cells cultured with cisplatin. To understand the molecular mechanism of IL-13Ralpha1 gene expression, we cloned approximately(More)