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alphaB-crystallin in cells can be phosphorylated at three serine residues in response to stress or during mitosis (Ito, H., Okamoto, K., Nakayama, H., Isobe, T., and Kato, K. (1997) J. Biol. Chem. 272, 29934-29941 and Kato, K., Ito, H., Kamei, K., Inaguma, Y., Iwamoto, I., and Saga, S. (1998) J. Biol. Chem. 273, 28346-28354). In the present study, we(More)
Marinesco-Sjögren syndrome (MSS) is a rare autosomal recessively inherited disorder with mental retardation (MR). Recently, mutations in the SIL1 gene, encoding a co-chaperone which regulates the chaperone HSPA5, were identified as a major cause of MSS. We here examined the pathophysiological significance of SIL1 mutations in abnormal corticogenesis of MSS.(More)
Septins are a family of conserved guanosine triphosphate/guanosine diphosphate-binding proteins implicated in a variety of cellular functions such as cell cycle control and cytokinesis. Although several members of septin family, including Septin 14 (Sept14), are abundantly expressed in nervous tissues, little is known about their physiological functions,(More)
Among various effector proteins for the small GTPase Rho, the function(s) of Rhotekin is (are) almost unknown. We have identified PIST [PDZ (PSD-95, Discs-large and ZO-1) domain protein interacting specifically with TC10 (a Rho-family small GTPase)] as a binding partner for Rhotekin, using yeast two-hybrid screening. Rhotekin was found to associate with(More)
Treatment of PBMCs with TNF-alpha decreased the levels of heat shock protein (HSP) 27, but had little effect on the level of HSP70. Parallel to the decrease of HSP27, TNF-alpha increased the level of HSP27 in the incubation medium of the cells. The decrease of HSP27 induced by TNF-alpha was suppressed by the pretreatment of PBMCs with the specific protein(More)
Myogenic terminal differentiation is a well-orchestrated process starting with permanent cell cycle exit followed by muscle-specific genetic program activation. Individual SWI/SNF components have been involved in muscle differentiation. Here, we show that the master myogenic differentiation factor MyoD interacts with more than one SWI/SNF subunit, including(More)
Using comparative genomic hybridization analysis for an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) patient, a 73-Kb duplication at 19q13.33 (nt. 49 562 755-49 635 956) including LIN7B and 5 other genes was detected. We then identified a novel frameshift mutation in LIN7B in another ASD patient. Since LIN7B encodes a scaffold protein essential for neuronal function, we(More)
BACKGROUND RBFOX1 (also known as FOX1 or A2BP1) regulates alternative splicing of a variety of transcripts crucial for neuronal functions. Physiological significance of RBFOX1 during brain development is seemingly essential since abnormalities in the gene cause autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders such(More)
Neural progenitor cells isolated from the embryonic cerebral cortex are well known to differentiate into neurons and glial cells, but recent reports have demonstrated differentiation into smooth muscle cells (SMCs) under the influence of fetal bovine serum. In this study, we report that agonists for G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), including endothelin,(More)