Ikuo Kurisaki

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Pumilio is a sequence-specific RNA-binding protein that regulates translation from the relevant mRNA. The PUF-domain, the RNA-binding motif of Pumilio, is highly conserved across species. In the present study, we have identified two pumilio genes (pumilio-1 and pumilio-2) in rainbow trout and analyzed their expression patterns in its tissues. Pumilio-1 mRNA(More)
We propose a novel concept associated with the relationship between structure and function in biomolecular systems. We performed a 75 nanoseconds molecular dynamics (MD) simulation for an RNA-binding protein, neuro-oncological ventral antigen (NOVA), and examined its physico-chemical properties. NOVA dissociated from the NOVA-RNA complex showed a large(More)
A visualization method for inter-fragment interaction energies (IFIEs) of biopolymers is presented on the basis of the fragment molecular orbital (FMO) method. The IFIEs appropriately illustrate the information about the interaction energies between the fragments consisting of amino acids, nucleotides and other molecules. The IFIEs are usually analyzed in a(More)
In this study, we demonstrate that U1A-RNA molecular recognition is mediated by a combined mechanism of conformational selection and induced fit. The binding of U1A to RNA has been discussed in the context of induced fit that involves the reorientation of the α-helix in the C-terminal region (Helix-C) of U1A to permit RNA access only when U1A correctly(More)
The heme oxygen (O2) binding site of human hemoglobin (HbA) is buried in the interior of the protein, and there is a debate over the O2 entry pathways from solvent to the binding site. As a first step to understand HbA O2 binding process at the atomic level, we detected all significant multiple O2 entry pathways from solvent to the binding site in the α and(More)
We shed light on important roles of unbound Na(+) molecules in enzymatic activation of thrombin. Molecular mechanism of Na(+)-activation of thrombin has been discussed in the context of allostery. However, the recent challenge to redesign K(+)-activated thrombin revealed that the allosteric interaction is insufficient to explain the mechanism. Under these(More)
Upon protein-substrate association reaction, dewetting of the substrate-binding pocket is one of the rate-limiting processes. However, understanding the microscopic mechanism still remains challenging because of practical limitations of experimental methodologies. We have addressed the problem here by using molecular dynamics (MD) simulation of the(More)
Protein allostery is essential for vital activities. Allosteric regulation of human hemoglobin (HbA) with two quaternary states T and R has been a paradigm of allosteric structural regulation of proteins. It is widely accepted that oxygen molecules (O2) act as a "site-specific" homotropic effector, or the successive O2 binding to the heme brings about the(More)
Thrombin has been studied as a paradigmatic protein of Na(+)-activated allosteric enzymes. Earlier structural studies suggest that Na(+)-binding promotes the thrombin-substrate association reaction. However, it is still elusive because (1) the structural change, driven by Na(+)-binding, is as small as the thermal fluctuation, and (2) the bound Na(+) is(More)
Thrombin is a serine protease involved in the blood coagulation reaction, and it shows maximum enzymatic activity in the presence of Na(+). It has been supposed that Na(+) binding promotes conversion from the inactive form, with a collapsed primary substrate pocket (S1 pocket), to the active form, with a properly formed S1 pocket. However, the evidence(More)
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