Hirotaka Shibata

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The reliability and validity of a multidimensional 13-item index of competence, called the TMIG Index of Competence, were tested with data of 6776 elderly community residents. The index was designed to measure the higher-level competence which could not be adequately assessed by existing scales. A well-fitted second-order factor model was established. Three(More)
Calcium plays a critical part in the regulation of cell growth, and growth factors stimulate calcium entry into cells through calcium-permeable channels. However, the molecular nature and regulation of calcium-permeable channels are still unclear at present. Here we report the molecular characterization of a calcium-permeable cation channel that is(More)
Familial adenomatous polyposis coli (FAP) is a disease characterized by the development of multiple colorectal adenomas, and affected individuals carry germline mutations in the APC gene. With the use of a conditional gene targeting system, a mouse model of FAP was created that circumvents the embryonic lethality of Apc deficiency and directs Apc(More)
Pancreatic AR42J cells are derived from acinar cells and express both exocrine and neuroendocrine properties. We have recently shown that these cells convert into insulin-producing cells in vitro after treatment with activin A and betacellulin. Here, we investigated the effect of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) in those cells. When AR42J cells were incubated(More)
A novel 450-kDa coiled-coil protein, CG-NAP (centrosome and Golgi localized PKN-associated protein), was identified as a protein that interacted with the regulatory region of the protein kinase PKN, having a catalytic domain homologous to that of protein kinase C. CG-NAP contains two sets of putative RII (regulatory subunit of protein kinase A)-binding(More)
The Japan Endocrine Society (JES) attempted to develop guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of primary aldosteronism (PA). The Task Force Committee (TFC) was composed of a chair, selected by the JES, and additional experts. Systematic reviews of available evidence for Japanese patients were used to recommend the key treatment and prevention. We(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop clinical practice guidelines for the management of patients with primary aldosteronism. PARTICIPANTS The Task Force included a chair, selected by the Clinical Guidelines Subcommittee of the Endocrine Society, six additional experts, a methodologist, and a medical writer. The guideline was cosponsored by American Heart Association,(More)
Two poly(L-proline)-binding proteins (PBP-1 and PBP-2) were purified from chick embryos by using a poly(L-proline)-agarose column. PBP-1 was composed of two different polypeptides (molecular masses of 42 kDa and 15 kDa). The molar ratio of the two proteins in the complex was 1:1. The other poly(L-proline)-binding protein, PBP-2, was the 15-kDa protein(More)
From the analysis of restriction maps of the Amy region in eight sibling species belonging to the Drosophila melanogaster species subgroup, we herein show that the patterns of duplication of the Amy gene are almost the same in all species. This indicates that duplication occurred before speciation within this species subgroup. From the nucleotide sequence(More)
We have previously mapped autosomal dominant spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) 16 to 3p26, overlapping with the locus of SCA15. Recently, partial deletions of ITPR1 and the neighbouring SUMF1 in the SCA15 and two additional families were reported. In the present study we determined the copy number of these genes by real time quantitative polymerase chain(More)