Hiroaki Ikeshima

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We cloned four distinct calmodulin (CaM)-encoding cDNAs from a small teleost fish, medaka (Oryzias latipes). The deduced amino acid (aa) sequences were exactly the same in these four genes and identical to the aa sequence of mammalian CaM, because of synonymous codon usages. The four cDNAs from medaka, termed CaM-A, -B, -C and -D, corresponded to mRNAs of(More)
MEF2D, a member of myocyte-specific enhancer binding factor 2 (MEF2) gene family, was shown by Northern blot hybridization to be strongly expressed in the head portion of mouse embryos at later stages of ontogenesis, in the cerebellum and the cerebrum of adult mice, in cultured cell lines of neuronal origin, and in skeletal and cardiac muscles. During(More)
By Northern blot analysis with the digoxigenin-labeled antisense RNA probes of the noncoding regions, the transcripts of three calmodulin (CaM) genes, CaMI, CaMII, and CaMIII, were separately detected in 12 different tissues of adult Wistar albino rats, without any cross-hybridization. The mRNAs of all three CaM genes were abundant in the central nervous(More)
Deletion analysis of the rat CaMII promoter demonstrated that the segment from -294 to +68 bases of CaMII was efficient as a promoter in NIH3T3 by transient assay. We developed transgenic mice carrying a fusion gene of this promoter segment and a beta-galactosidase reporter gene. This short CaMII promoter mediated the transgene expression in pyramidal cells(More)
OBJECTIVE To search for a genetic marker of the sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-dependent ATPase (SERCA) II gene in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) and to investigate differences in blood pressure and intracellular Ca2+ among some substrains of SHRs and Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats related to their SERCA II genotypes. DESIGN AND METHODS The coding(More)
Transgenic mice carrying a fused gene of the 294-base upstream and 68-base leader sequences of a rat calmodulin gene, CaMII, and beta-galactosidase gene were made. Only spermatocytes expressed the transgene mRNA in the testes of four independent transgenic lines. The localization of transgene mRNA was consistent with that of the mouse endogenous CaMII(More)
Three non-allelic rat calmodulin (CaM) genes CaMI, CaMII and CaMIII, which share no homology in their 5'-upstream regions, are coordinately expressed in neurons of the central nervous system (CNS). Deletion analysis of the CaMIII promoter showed that the upstream segments longer than 700 bases functioned as efficient promoters, and that the sequence from(More)
We usually check stenosis rate in patients through the limited directions of angiography. This can result in insufficient evaluation. The importance of the condition of the carotid artery wall in fully accpted nowadays, and ultrasound sonography is being used as a means to study it. Neovascularization in the plaque is one of the pathological factors(More)
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