Hidetake Kurihara

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Actin-based cell-cell adherens junctions (AJs) are crucial not only for mechanical adhesion but also for cell morphogenesis and differentiation. While organization of homotypic AJs is attributed mostly to classic cadherins, the adhesive mechanism of heterotypic AJs in more complex tissues remains to be clarified. Nectin, a member of a family of(More)
The mammalian protein ASIP/PAR-3 interacts with atypical protein kinase C isotypes (aPKC) and shows overall sequence similarity to the invertebrate proteins C. elegans PAR-3 and Drosophila Bazooka, which are crucial for the establishment of polarity in various cells. The physical interaction between ASIP/PAR-3 and aPKC is also conserved in C. elegans PAR-3(More)
In order to study the fine structural effect of calcium influx on secretory activity of rat anterior pituitary cells, small pieces of anterior pituitary were incubated in Krebs' medium containing the calcium ionophore A23187 (0.15 mM) and were examined electron microscopically. Marked changes were present in all types of secretory cells incubated for 3, 12(More)
A specialized intercellular junction between podocytes, known as the slit diaphragm (SD), forms the essential structural frame-work for glomerular filtration in the kidney. In addition, mounting evidence demonstrates that the SD also plays a crucial role as a signaling platform in physiological and pathological states. Nephrin, the major component of the(More)
Blockade of mineralocorticoid receptor has been shown to improve the clinical outcomes of proteinuric kidney diseases. However, little is known about the regulation of mineralocorticoid receptor-dependent transcriptional activity in renal disease. Here we identify a new role for Rac1, a member of the Rho family GTPases, as a potent activator of(More)
BACKGROUND We previously reported three aquaporin-2 (AQP2) gene mutations known to cause autosomal-dominant nephrogenic diabetes insipidus (NDI) (Am J Hum Genet 69:738, 2001). The mutations were found in the C-terminus of AQP2 (721delG, 763 to 772del, and 812 to 818del). The wild-type AQP2 is a 271 amino acid protein, whereas these mutant genes were(More)
Glomerular visceral epithelial cells, also known as podocytes, are critical to both normal kidney function and the development of kidney disease. Podocyte actin cytoskeleton and their highly specialized cell-cell junctions (also called slit diaphragm complexes) play key roles in controlling glomerular filtration. Myosin 1e (myo1e) is an actin-based(More)
To reveal the role of cadherin complex in podocyte differentiation, the present study describes the localization of the cadherin complex, including p120 catenin (p120ctn), in the developing and in the aminonucleoside nephrosis (PAN nephrosis) rat kidney, by immunofluorescence microscopy and immunogold electron microscopy. p120ctn and β-catenin were(More)
The foot processes of podocytes possess abundant microfilaments and modulate glomerular filtration. We investigated the actin filament organization of foot processes in adult rat podocytes and the formation of the actin cytoskeletal system of immature podocytes during glomerulogenesis. Electron microscopy revealed two populations of actin cytoskeletons in(More)
In rat lung, the definitive alveoli are established during development by the outgrowth of secondary septa from the primary septa present in newborn; however, the mechanism of alveolar formation has not yet been fully clarified. In this study, we characterize the septal interstitial cells in developing alveoli. During the perinatal period,(More)