Hiroyuki Furuta

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An artificial RNA, which acts as a specific template for peptide ligation, was designed and constructed. Into the P4-P6 domain of the Tetrahymena intron RNA, two peptide binding motifs (boxB and RRE) were installed. Two peptides (N and Rev) were expected to bind to the RNA simultaneously, facilitating their ligation by an entropic effect. The peptide(More)
The DSL ribozyme is a class of artificial ligase ribozymes with a highly modular architecture, which catalyzes template-directed RNA ligation on a helical substrate module that can be either covalently connected (cis-DSL) or physically separated (trans-DSL) from the catalytic module. Substrate recognition by the catalytic module is promoted by one or two(More)
Interactions between GNRA tetraloops and their receptors are found frequently as modular units in various types of naturally occurring structured RNAs. Due to their functional importance, GNRA/receptor interactions have been studied extensively with regard to their 3D structures and biochemical and biophysical properties. Artificial non-natural(More)
As inexpensive and readily available fluorophores for 3' and 5' end labeling of RNA molecules, symmetrical BODIPY (boron dipyrromethene: 4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene) derivatives having a primary amino group were designed, and their facile synthetic route was established. Novel BODIPY derivatives exhibited photophysical properties comparable(More)
Oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCCs) are malignant tumors that frequently invade the maxilla and mandibular bone. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying bone invasion by OSCC are unclear. Recent studies showed that receptor activator of nuclear factor κB (RANK) was expressed not only in osteoclast precursors but also in tumor cells. Therefore, we(More)
Nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) is constitutively activated in many cancers, including oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), and is involved in the invasive characteristics of OSCC, such as growth, antiapoptotic activity and protease production. However, the cellular mechanism underlying NF-κB's promotion of bone invasion by OSCC is unclear. Therefore, we(More)
As dynamic structural changes are pivotal for the functions of some classes of RNA molecule, it is important to develop methods to monitor structural changes in RNA in a time-dependent manner without chemical modification. Based on previous reports that trans-acting RNAs can be used as probes for analysis and control of 3D structures of target RNAs, we(More)
N-confused porphyrin (NCP) is a porphyrin isomer that is different largely from the parent porphyrin, particularly in the physical, chemical, structural, and coordination properties. Introduction of the confused pyrrole into the normal and expanded porphyrins leads to generation of the confused porphyrinoids having rich structural diversity. In this(More)
RNA molecules are versatile biomaterials that act not only as DNA-like genetic materials but also have diverse functions in regulation of cellular biosystems. RNA is capable of regulating gene expression by sequence-specific hybridization. This feature allows the design of RNA-based artificial gene regulators (riboregulators). RNA can also build complex(More)