Hideki Yamaji

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Sf9 insect cells infected with a recombinant baculovirus expressing beta-galactosidase and suspended in fresh medium (TNM-FH supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum) at the time of infection were cultured in shake flasks at various combinations of initial cell density and multiplicity of infection (MOI). The effects of cell density and MOI on(More)
To identify the lipase responsible for the methanolysis activity of fungus whole-cell biocatalysts, the lipase localization of Rhizopus oryzae cells was determined. Western blot analysis showed that R. oryzae cells produce two types of lipase with different molecular masses of 34 and 31 kDa; the former (ROL34) was bound to the cell wall, whereas the latter(More)
Virus-like particles (VLPs) are composed of one or several recombinant viral surface proteins that spontaneously assemble into particulate structures without the incorporation of virus DNA or RNA. The baculovirus-insect cell system has been used extensively for the production of recombinant virus proteins including VLPs. While the baculovirus-insect cell(More)
The production of a secreted form of Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus-like particles (VLPs) using the baculovirus-insect cell system was investigated. A recombinant baculovirus that contained the JE virus (JEV) prM signal sequence and the genes encoding the precursor (prM) of the viral membrane protein (M) and the envelope glycoprotein (E) was constructed.(More)
Growth and death of anchorage-independent animal cells entrapped within porous biomass support particles (BSPs) in static or shake-flask cultures were evaluated by comparison of enzyme activity with non-immobilized cells grown under static culture using 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay and release of lactate(More)
The green alga Haematococcus pluvialis, which accumulates astaxanthin at an optimal temperature of 20°C, was cultivated under temperatures of 20°C, 23.5°C, 27°C, and 30.5°C, in order to assess the effects on algal metabolism during the growth phase. The culture growth rate declined with above-optimal increases in temperature, and the final maximum cell(More)
Immobilization of insect cells using porous biomass support particles (BSPs) and production of a recombinant protein by the immobilized cells after infection with a baculovirus were investigated in a shake-flask culture. Sf9 cells were passively immobilized in reticulated polyvinyl formal (PVF) resin BSPs (2 x 2 x 2 mm cubes) with matrices of 60 mum mean(More)
The production of an Fab fragment of the catalytic antibody 6D9 in lepidopteran insect cells infected with a recombinant baculovirus that contained both the heavy chain (Hc) and light chain (Lc) genes of the Fab fragment was investigated. Western blotting and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) of culture supernatant showed that baculovirus-infected(More)
We have previously shown [Sakai et al., J. Biosci. Bioeng., 88, 306-309 (1999)] that exogenously supplied phosphatidic acid (PA) and lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) promoted the growth of Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells in serum-free culture. However, the direct addition of high concentrations of these phospholipids alone to the culture medium resulted in the(More)
Continuous production of monoclonal antibody was achieved in serum-free medium by hybridoma cells immobilized by calcium alginate. The cells were cultivated in an expanded bed fermentor under mild flow conditions which reduced destruction of the immobilized gel particles. Monoclonal antibody was produced continuously for more than 40 days.