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OBJECTIVES Patients with paralysis periodica paramyotonica exhibit a clinical syndrome with characteristics of both hyperkalaemic periodic paralysis and paramyotonia congenita. In several types of periodic paralysis associated with hyperkalaemia, mutations in the skeletal muscle sodium channel (SCN4A) gene have been previously reported. Phenotypic(More)
A simple cryopreservation method for suspension cells of Taxus chinensis was established. In this procedure 7 days old suspension cells were used without any pre-culture treatment. At first, cells were incubated in cryoprotectant solution (0.5M DMSO and 0.5M glycerol) on ice for 30 min and then frozen at a cooling rate of 1 degree C/min to -40 degrees C(More)
Coatomer is a major component of COPI vesicles and consists of seven subunits. The gamma-COP subunit of the coatomer is believed to mediate the binding to the cytoplasmic dilysine motifs of membrane proteins. We characterized cDNAs for Copg genes encoding gamma-COP from mouse, zebrafish, Drosophila melanogaster and Bombyx mori. Two copies of Copg genes are(More)
1-Nitroso-2-naphthol, an excellent color-forming chelating agent, combines to Fe(III), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) and so on to form slightly soluble complexes in aqueous solution. To determine these metal ions, a tedious and time consuming separation technique, such as liquid-liquid extraction, has often been performed. However, these metal-1-nitroso-2-naphthol(More)
Copy number variations (CNVs) have emerged as another important genetic marker in addition to SNP for understanding etiology of complex diseases. In light of this, we performed a genome-wide CNV study to identify type 2 diabetes (T2D)-associated CNV using an array comparative genomic hybridization from 3180 subjects for T2D cases (n=863) and controls(More)
Two mouse genes, Mit1/Lb9 and Copg2, linked to Peg1/Mest on mouse chromosome 6, were identified to be imprinted maternally and paternally, respectively. Mit1/Lb9 encoding untranslated transcripts resides within the intron 20 of Copg2. The gene is maternally imprinted in adult mouse brain, partially imprinted in other tissues. Copg240 kb genomic region,(More)
We characterized evolutionarily conserved J domain containing protein (JDP) genes from human, Bombyx mori, and Manduca sexta. Each of the JDP proteins contains a J domain at its N-terminus and a highly conserved C-terminal domain. Southern blot analysis revealed that the human JDP1 gene is present as a single copy in the human genome. Expression was higher(More)
A new member of Hsp40, HLJ1, consisting of 337 amino acids, was cloned from a human liver cDNA library. The deduced amino acid sequence of HLJ1 has an 84% homology (69% identity) with that of HDJ-1 isolated from human placenta. Northern analysis showed that expression of the HLJ1 gene is heat-inducible and its transcription shows some degree of preference(More)
A novel series of chromone analogs were synthesized and evaluated for their inhibitory activity against interleukin-5. Among them compounds 5-Cyclohexylmethoxy-3-(4-hydroxybenzyl)-4H-chromen-4-one (6a, 98% inhibition at 30 microM, IC50<3.0 microM) and 5-Cyclohyxylmethoxy-3-(hydroxymethyl)-4H-chromen-4-one (8a, 84% inhibition at 30 microM, IC50=7.6 microM)(More)
The single nucleotide polymorphism rs9939609 of the gene FTO, which encodes fat mass and obesity-associated protein, is strongly associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D) in multiple populations; however, the underlying mechanism of this association is unclear. The present study aimed to investigate FTO genotype-dependent metabolic changes in(More)