Hiroaki Kataoka

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The vertebrate olfactory system discriminates a wide variety of odorants by relaying coded information from olfactory sensory neurons in the olfactory epithelium to olfactory cortical areas of the brain. Recent studies have shown that the first step in odor discrimination is mediated by approximately 1000 distinct olfactory receptors, which comprise the(More)
Tumor cell-derived collagenase stimulatory factor, renamed extracellular matrix metalloproteinase inducer (EMMPRIN), is a M(r) approximately 58,000 glycoprotein which is located on the outer surface of human tumor cells and which interacts with fibroblasts to stimulate expression of several matrix metalloproteinases in the fibroblasts. In this study, we(More)
A peptide that strongly stimulates the secretion of juvenile hormone from corpora allata in vitro (allatotropin) has been purified from extracts of heads of pharate adult Manduca sexta. The primary structure of this 13-residue peptide has been determined: H-Gly-Phe-Lys-Asn-Val-Glu-Met-Met-Thr-Ala-Arg-Gly-Phe-NH(2). This neurohormone has no sequence(More)
A peptide (Manduca sexta allatostatin) that strongly inhibits juvenile hormone biosynthesis in vitro by the corpora allata from fifth-stadium larvae and adult females has been purified from extracts of heads of pharate adult M. sexta by a nine-step purification procedure. The primary structure of this 15-residue peptide has been determined:(More)
OBJECTIVES Haemophagocytic syndrome (HPS) is known as a relatively rare complication in autoimmune diseases. Here we analysed the clinical features of HPS in patients with systemic autoimmune diseases. METHODS One thousand and fourteen patients with systemic autoimmune diseases admitted to Hokkaido University Hospital from 1997 to 2007 were recruited [350(More)
We have determined the complete amino acid sequence of 4K-PTTH-II, one of three forms of the M(r) 4400 prothoracicotropic hormone of the silkworm Bombyx mori, active to brainless pupae of Samia cynthia ricini. Like vertebrate insulin, it consists of two nonidentical peptide chains (A and B chains). The A chain consists of 20 amino acid residues. The B chain(More)
Food analysis is important for the evaluation of the nutritional value and quality of fresh and processed products, and for monitoring food additives and other toxic contaminants. Sample preparation, such as extraction, concentration and isolation of analytes, greatly influences the reliable and accurate analysis of food. Solid-phase microextraction (SPME)(More)
FTY720, given i.v. or orally at 0.03 mg/kg or more, significantly prolonged skin allograft survival in a dose-dependent manner and showed more potent immunosuppressive activity than cyclosporin A (CsA) or tacrolimus (FK506) in MHC-incompatible rat strains of WKAH donors and F344 recipients. However, unlike CsA or FK506, FTY720 up to 1000 nM did not affect(More)
A primitive vascular plexus is formed through coordinated regulation of differentiation, proliferation, migration, and cell-cell adhesion of endothelial cell (EC) progenitors. In this study, a culture system was devised to investigate the behavior of purified EC progenitors in vitro. Because Flk-1(+) cells derived from ES cells did not initially express(More)
Snail family proteins are zinc finger transcriptional regulators first identified in Drosophila which play critical roles in cell fate determination. We identified a novel Snail -related gene from murine skeletalmusclecells designated Smuc. Northern blot analysis showed that Smuc was highly expressed in skeletal muscle and thymus. Smuc contains five(More)