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An amidase acting on (R,S)-piperazine-2-tert-butylcarboxamide was purified from Pseudomonas azotoformans IAM 1603 and characterized. The enzyme acted S-stereoselectively on (R,S)-piperazine-2-tert-butylcarboxamide to yield (S)-piperazine-2-carboxylic acid. N-terminal and internal amino acid sequences of the enzyme were determined. The gene encoding the(More)
A novel amidase acting on (R,S)-piperazine-2-tert-butylcarboxamide was purified from Pseudomonas sp. MCI3434 and characterized. The enzyme acted R-stereoselectively on (R,S)-piperazine-2-tert-butylcarboxamide to yield (R)-piperazine-2-carboxylic acid, and was tentatively named R-amidase. The N-terminal amino acid sequence of the enzyme showed high sequence(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to determine whether pretreatment 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) volume-based parameters, such as metabolic tumor volume and total lesion glycolysis, add more prognostic information in patients with oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). METHODS The subjects were 47(More)
Podoplanin (PDPN) is a type-I transmembrane sialoglycoprotein, which possesses a platelet aggregation-stimulating (PLAG) domain in its N-terminus. Among the three PLAG domains, O-glycan on Thr52 of PLAG3 is critical for the binding with C-type lectin-like receptor-2 (CLEC-2) and is essential for platelet-aggregating activity of PDPN. Although many anti-PDPN(More)
Three D,L-endopeptidases, LytE, LytF and CwlS, are involved in the vegetative cell separation in Bacillus subtilis. A novel cell surface protein, IseA, inhibits the cell wall lytic activities of these d,l-endopeptidases in vitro, and IseA negatively regulates the cell separation enzymes at the post-translational level. Immunofluorescence microscopy(More)
Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is known as a stress-inducible protein. The present study was designed to investigate the relationship between HO-1 expression levels and clinical features of tongue cancer by using HO-1 responsiveness to stress as a clinical indicator. One-hundred and twelve biopsy samples from tongue squamous cell carcinomas were analyzed(More)
Whether a patient with head and neck cancer has mandibular invasion or not is important in determining the method of resection surgery. But, no modality is adequately reliable when used alone in the evaluation of mandibular invasion. Therefore, to more accurately diagnose mandibular invasion in head and neck cancer, we used a new modality, namely, 99mTc(More)
Cyclin B1 plays an important role in regulating the G2-M transition of the cell cycle. In this study, we evaluated the immunohistochemical expression of cyclin B1 in a series of 40 oral tongue squamous cell carcinomas and analyzed the findings in relation to both clinicopathological variables and the Ki-67 labeling index. In normal squamous epithelium,(More)
Recent human behavioral studies have shown that the position of a visual target is instantly represented relative to the background (e.g., a large square) and used for evaluating the error in reaching the target. In the present study, we examined whether the same allocentric mechanism is shared by the monkey. We trained two monkeys to perform a fast and(More)