Hiromichi Itoh

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The duality of salmon gonadotropins has been proved by biochemical, biological, and immunological characterization of two chemically distinc gonadotropins. GTH I and GTH II were equipotent in stimulating estradiol production, whereas GTH II appears to be more potent in stimulating maturational steroid synthesis. The ratio of plasma levels and pituitary(More)
Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) stanniocalcin was purified, partially identified and tested for bioactivity in an assay on the intestinal calcium uptake in a marine teleost (Gadus morhua). Basic ethanol extraction, ion exchange chromatography, gel filtration and reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography resulted in the isolation of a homogenous(More)
D-Tagatose 3-epimerase (D-TE) from Pseudomonas sp. ST-24 immobilized on Chltopearl beads of BCW 2503 was used in the preparation of D-psicose from D-fructose. When D-fructose solution (10%) was passed through a column packed with immobilized D-TE about 20% of the D-fructose was converted to D-psicose. This column was continuously used for 10 d at 4PC and(More)
Inorganic polyphosphate (poly(P)) has recently been found to play an important role in bone formation. In this study, we found that tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP), which is abundantly expressed in osteoclasts, has polyphosphatase activity that degrades poly(P) and yields Pi as well as shorter poly(P) chains. Since the TRAP protein that(More)
Lettuce tipburn is an irreversible physiological disorder caused by calcium deficiency that decreases the crop value. Breeding a tipburn-resistant cultivar is the only causal therapy in many cases. In this study, we investigated an efficient method to evaluate lettuce resistance to tipburn in vitro. Seedlings of 19 lettuce cultivars representing three head(More)
We have cloned the gene for polyphosphate:AMP phosphotransferase (PAP), the enzyme that catalyzes phosphorylation of AMP to ADP at the expense of polyphosphate [poly(P)] in Acinetobacter johnsonii 210A. A genomic DNA library was constructed in Escherichia coli, and crude lysates of about 6,000 clones were screened for PAP activity. PAP activity was(More)
In an E. coli cell-free protein synthesis system, the addition of an inorganic polyphosphate [poly(P)] with polyphosphate:AMP phosphotransferase (PAP), which regenerates AMP to ADP, increased the amount of protein synthesis. The maximum yield of the translation product (green fluorescent protein) in the E. coli cell-free system provided by Roche Diagnostics(More)
Clinical outcomes in breast cancer are likely influenced by modifier genes that affect tumor dormancy versus progression. The Bin1 gene encodes a nucleocytosolic adapter protein that suppresses neoplastic cell transformation and that is often attenuated in human breast carcinoma. Recent mouse genetic studies indicate that Bin1 loss cooperates with ras(More)
Polyphosphate:AMP phosphotransferase (PAP) has been identified as an enzyme that catalyzes the phosphorylation of AMP with inorganic polyphosphates [poly(P)] as phosphate donors. We found that the purified PAP of Acinetobacter johnsonii 210A has poly(P) synthetic activity. The PAP catalyzes the dephosphorylation of ADP and processively synthesizes poly(P)(More)
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