Hirotake Kitaura

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We have isolated and characterized the cDNA encoding a novel protein designated DJ-1. DJ-1, sharing no significant homology with the sequences so far reported, did not show transactivation activity in the Gal4 recombinant system, but transformed mouse NIH3T3 cells by itself. Furthermore, DJ-1 showed a cooperative transforming activity with H-Ras, more than(More)
PAP-1 has been identified by us as a Pim-1-binding protein and has recently been implicated as the defective gene in RP9, one type of autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa (adRP). We have then shown that PAP-1 plays a role in pre-mRNA splicing. Because four causative genes for adRP, including PAP-1, Prp31, Prp8, and Prp3, encode proteins that function as(More)
DJ-1 is an oncogene and also a causative gene for a familial form of Parkinson's disease. DJ-1 has multiple functions, including anti-oxidative stress reaction and cysteine 106 (C106) of DJ-1 is an essential amino acid for DJ-1 to exert its function. While increased expression and secretion of DJ-1 into serum in patients with various cancers and regulation(More)
We have isolated the cDNA encoding a novel c-Myc-binding protein, MM-1, by the yeast two-hybrid screening of a human HeLa cell cDNA library. The protein deduced from the cDNA comprises 167 amino acids and was localized in the nucleus of introduced COS-I cells. The MM-1 mRNA was highly expressed in human pancreas and skeletal muscle and moderately in other(More)
Protooncogene, pim-1, has been reported to be a predisposition for lymphomagenesis along with myc, and its protein product, Pim-1, has been shown to be a serine/threonine protein kinase, whose activity is involved in proliferation and differentiation of blood cells. The signal transduction pathways neither to nor from Pim-1, however, have been clarified. We(More)
BACKGROUND The c-myc proto-oncogene has been suggested to play key roles in cell proliferation, differentiation, transformation and apoptosis. A variety of functions of C-MYC, the product of c-myc, are attributed to protein-protein interactions with various cellular factors including Max, YY1, p107, Bin1 and TBP. Max and YY1 bind to the C-terminal region of(More)
Guanylyl cyclase C (STaR), a receptor protein for heat-stable enterotoxin (STa) elaborated by Escherichia coli, is associated with and spans the plasma membrane of mammalian intestinal cells. The extracellular domain functions in the binding of STa and the association of each domain to an oligomeric form. Two amino acid residues, Arg-136 and Asp-347, were(More)
PAP-1 is an in vitro phosphorylation target of the Pim-1 oncogene. Although PAP-1 binds to Pim-1, it is not a substrate for phosphorylation by Pim-1 in vivo. PAP-1 has recently been implicated as the defective gene in RP9, one type of autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa (adRP). However, RP9 is a rare disease and only two missense mutations have been(More)
Huntington disease is caused by cell death after the expansion of polyglutamine (polyQ) tracts longer than ∼40 repeats encoded by exon 1 of the huntingtin (HTT) gene. Prefoldin is a molecular chaperone composed of six subunits, PFD1-6, and prevents misfolding of newly synthesized nascent polypeptides. In this study, we found that knockdown of PFD2 and PFD5(More)
Prefoldin is a molecular chaperone composed of six subunits, PFD1-6, and prevents misfolding of newly synthesized nascent polypeptides. Although it is predicted that prefoldin, like other chaperones, modulates protein aggregation, the precise function of prefoldin against protein aggregation under physiological conditions has never been elucidated. In this(More)