Hirofumi Kawagoe

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Cell surface protein antigen (PAc) and glucosyltransferases (GTF) produced by Streptococcus mutans are considered major colonization factors of the organism, and the inhibition of these factors is thought to prevent dental caries. In this study, 8-mo-old pregnant Holstein cows were immunized with fusion protein PAcA-GB, a fusion of the saliva-binding(More)
The underlying mechanisms are still unclear for the neuroprotective properties of nicotine to date, whereas we have shown functional expression of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) responsible for the influx of extracellular Ca(2+) in cultured rat cortical astrocytes. In this study, we investigated the possible involvement of astrocytic nAChRs in(More)
We have previously demonstrated the functional expression of glutamine (Gln) transporter (GlnT) believed to predominate in neurons for the neurotransmitter glutamate pool by rat neocortical astrocytes devoid of neuronal marker expression, with exacerbated vulnerability to oxidative stress after transient overexpression. To evaluate molecular mechanisms(More)
modeling of hepatocyte growth factor in experimental animals and humans. differentiation after activation of alpha4/beta2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in undifferentiated neural progenitors. Functional expression of carnitine/organic cation transporter OCTN1 in mouse brain neurons: Possible involvement in neuronal differentiation. Possible(More)
Autotaxin (ATX) is a newly found autocrine tumor cell motility-stimulating factor. ATX is a member of the ecto-phosphodiesterase I (PD-I)/ nucleotide pyrophosphatase family. PD-Ialpha was found as a brain-type ecto-phosphodiesterase I/nucleotide pyrophosphatase. ATX and PD-Ialpha are alternative splicing products from one gene. ATX stimulates motility of(More)
Phosphodiesterase I/nucleotide pyrophosphatase is a widely expressed membrane-bound enzyme that cleaves diester bonds of a variety of substrates. We have cloned brain-type cDNA for this enzyme from rat brain and designated it PD-I alpha (M. Narita, J. Goji, H. Nakamura, and K. Sano, 1994, J. Biol. Chem. 269: 28235-28242). In this study we have isolated cDNA(More)
The MLL gene is frequently rearranged in leukemias, and MLL chimeric proteins generated by chromosomal translocations play crucial roles in leukemogenesis. Targets of murine Mll include HOX proteins that regulate body pattern formation and hematopoiesis. However, it is not known whether or not the MLL chimeric proteins regulate the HOX gene expression in(More)
Conventional N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor (NMDAR) is a heteromeric complex between the essential NR1 subunit and one of NR2A-D subunits toward functional channels permeable to Ca(2+) rather than Na(+) ions. Although recent studies identified dominant negative NR3A and NR3B subunits, whether these subunits inhibit Ca(2+) mobilization through NMDAR(More)