Icihiro Mori

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BACKGROUND Virulence in the pathogenic bacterium Yersinia pestis, causative agent of bubonic plague, has been correlated with the biosynthesis and transport of an iron-chelating siderophore, yersiniabactin, which is induced under iron-starvation conditions. Initial DNA sequencing suggested that this system is highly conserved among the pathogenic Yersinia.(More)
Mutations in the unc-51 gene of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans result in various abnormalities in axonal elongation and axonal structures. We cloned the unc-51 gene by tagging with the transposon Tc1. The wild-type unc-51 gene, which rescued the mutant phenotypes, encodes a novel serine/threonine kinase of 856 amino acids. Mutation sites were(More)
Pathogenic Yersinia species have been shown to synthesize a siderophore molecule, yersiniabactin, as a virulence factor during iron starvation. Here we provide the first biochemical evidence for the role of the Yersinia pestis high molecular weight protein 2 (HMWP2), a nonribosomal peptide synthetase homologue, and YbtE in the initiation of yersiniabactin(More)
The tax-2 and tax-4 genes of C. elegans encode two subunits of a cyclic nucleotide-gated channel that is required for chemosensation, thermosensation and normal axon outgrowth of some sensory neurons. Here we show that, in tax-2 and tax-4 mutants, young larvae have superficially normal axons, but axon outgrowth resumes in inappropriate regions in late(More)
The tax-4 and tax-2 genes of Caenorhabditis elegans are essential for normal olfaction, gustation, and thermosensation, suggesting that they have a role in sensory transduction. The predicted products of these genes are similar to the cyclic nucleotide-gated (CNG) channel subunits used in vertebrate vision and olfaction: TAX-4 is highly related to those(More)
Chemotaxis and thermotaxis in Caenorhabditis elegans are based on the chemical senses (smell and taste) and the thermal sense, respectively, which are important for the life of the animal. Laser ablation experiments have allowed identification of sensory neurons and some interneurons required for these senses. Many mutants that exhibit various abnormalities(More)
The siderophore molecule enterobactin, a cyclic trimeric lactone of N-(2,3-dihydroxybenzoyl)serine, is synthesized and secreted by Escherichia coli in response to iron starvation. Here we report the first reconstitution of enterobactin synthetase activity from pure protein components: holo-EntB, EntE, and holo-EntF. Holo-EntB and holo-EntF were obtained by(More)
BACKGROUND Lack of androgen receptor (AR) expression or mutation on the AR gene creates the tendency for androgen independence and progression of prostate cancer. However, the association between the progression and AR expression or mutations is still controversial. In this study, we evaluated the prognostic significance of AR expression and mutations in(More)
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