Hirotaka Yagi

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We have investigated new folding pathways of human telomeric type-1 and type-2 G-quadruplex conformations via intermediate hairpin and triplex structures. The stabilization energies calculated by ab initio methods evidenced the formation of a hairpin structure with Hoogsteen GG base pairs. Further calculations revealed that the G-triplet is more stable than(More)
We have designed the in vitro selection method to obtain some aptamers such as a general antibody-probing agent, which might bind to the constant regions of mouse immunoglobulin G (IgG) subclasses. As a consequence, one of the selected aptamers found to recognize mouse IgG1, 2a, and 3 subclasses. According to the binding assay, it is suggested that this(More)
L-Lactate oxidase (LOX) belongs to a family of flavin mononucleotide (FMN)-dependent alpha-hydroxy acid-oxidizing enzymes. Previously, the crystal structure of LOX (pH 8.0) from Aerococcus viridans was solved, revealing that the active site residues are located around the FMN. Here, we solved the crystal structures of the same enzyme at pH 4.5 and its(More)
The cytochrome P450 enzyme engineered for enhancement of vitamin D(3) (VD(3)) hydroxylation activity, Vdh-K1, includes four mutations (T70R, V156L, E216M, and E384R) compared to the wild-type enzyme. Plausible roles for V156L, E216M, and E384R have been suggested by crystal structure analysis (Protein Data Bank 3A50 ), but the role of T70R, which is(More)
OPA1 mutations are known to cause autosomal dominant optic atrophy (ADOA), and some types of OPA1 mutations also cause auditory neuropathy. In the present study, we evaluated the vestibular dysfunction that accompanied auditory neuropathy in a patient with an OPA1 mutation. A caloric test failed to elicit nystagmus or dizziness in either ear. Vestibular(More)
The G-rich sequence in the human telomeric DNA can form the G-quadruplex structure. The G-quadruplex structure has become an attractive target for the anticancer drugs, because it effectively inhibits telomerase activity. Recently, the human telomere G-quadruplex in K(+) solution has been determined as a hybrid structure. This structure is called hybrid-1.(More)
HYPOTHESIS Different missense mutations of the optic atrophy 1 gene (OPA1) identified in optic atrophy patients with auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD) induce functional impairment through different molecular mechanisms. BACKGROUND OPA1 is the gene responsible for autosomal dominant optic atrophy (ADOA), but some of its mutations are also(More)
The human telomeric DNA sequence d[AGGG(TTAGGG)(3)] has been found to form different type of G-quadruplex structure based on NMR(1), X-ray crystallography(2) and circular dichroism (CD). Recently human telomeric hybrid-1 G-quadruplex structure in K(+) solution has been revealed by CD and NMR(3,4,5). However, folding pathway of G-quadruplex structures is not(More)
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