Hidetaro Yasumitsu

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A metalloproteinase with Mr 29,000 was purified to homogeneity as a latent proenzyme from the conditioned medium of a human rectal carcinoma cell line CaR-1. This enzyme hydrolyzed casein more potently than gelatin embedded in polyacrylamide gels in zymography assay. Calcium ion was essential for the activity. It exerted the maximum activity at pH 7-9. Its(More)
Proli'¡misespecies secreted by 10 human gastric carcinoma cell lines were analyzed by gelatin zymography and immunoblotting. These cell lines were classified into the following three groups with respect to proteinase secretion: cell lines secreting mainly gelatinases A and/or B; those secreting multiple types of serine proteinases; and those scarcely(More)
The human interferon-beta (IFN-beta) gene contains sequences within its 5'-flanking region that mediate the virus-induced activation of mRNA transcription. A series of mutant IFN-beta genes, including the 5' deletion mutants, was constructed and introduced into mouse L929 cells. Expression study of those mutant genes demonstrates that: sequences upstream,(More)
SBL/RC-RNase was originally isolated from frog (Rana catesbeiana) oocytes and purified as a novel sialic acid-binding lectin (SBL) that displayed strong anti-cancer activity. SBL was later shown to be identical to a ribonuclease (RC-RNase) from oocytes of the same species. The administration of SBL/RC-RNase induced apoptosis (with nuclear condensation and(More)
A divalent cation-independent lectin-HOL-18, with cytotoxic activity against leukemia cells, was purified from a demosponge, Halichondria okadai. HOL-18 is a 72 kDa tetrameric lectin that consists of four non-covalently bonded 18 kDa subunits. Hemagglutination activity of the lectin was strongly inhibited by chitotriose (GlcNAcβ1-4GlcNAcβ1-4GlcNAc), fetuin(More)
A human glioma cell line (YKG1), which was positively identified for glial fibrillary acidic (GFA) and S-100 proteins, was established from a surgical specimen of a patient with glioblastoma. Chromosome analysis of the cells revealed a homogeneously staining region (HSR) on a marker chromosome. The assay for transforming growth factors (TGFs) in the(More)
A D-galactose specific lectin purified from the eggs of sea hare, Aplysia kurodai (AKL) by lactosyl-agarose affinity chromatography has been evaluated for screening of antimicrobial activities. AKL was disulfide bonded dimeric lectin consisted of two 32 kDa polypeptides. This lectin has significant hemagglutinting activity against trypsinized rabbit and(More)
Urine specimens obtained from 19 patients with primary brain tumors were examined for the activity of transforming growth factors (TGF's). Urine was assayed for TGF's by soft agar colony formation and iodine-125 (125I)-epidermal growth factor (EGF)-binding competition. Two nontransformed cell lines, clonal NRK49F and BALB/3T3 A31-1-1 cells, were used as(More)
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