Jun Takayama

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A recent key requirement in life sciences is the observation of biological processes in their natural in vivo context. However, imaging techniques that allow fast imaging with higher resolution in 3D thick specimens are still limited. Spinning disk confocal microscopy using a Yokogawa Confocal Scanner Unit, which offers high-speed multipoint confocal live(More)
Sperm induce Ca(2+) waves in the fertilized egg by introducing soluble factors or by surface interactions, which activate egg Ca(2+) channels. Involvement of sperm Ca(2+) channels is predicted by the conduit model; however, this model has not been validated. In Caenorhabditis elegans, the sperm-specific TRP family Ca(2+) channel TRP-3 mediates sperm-oocyte(More)
5,6-Di-tert-butyl-2,3,7-trithiabicyclo[2.2.1]hept-5-ene 7-endo-oxide (4) was prepared by addition of S(2)Cl(2) to 3,4-di-tert-butylthiophene 1-oxide (3) in high yield. The oxidation of 4 with dimethyldioxirane gave a 7:1 isomeric mixture of 5,6-di-tert-butyl-2,3,7-trithiabicyclo[2.2.1]hept-5-ene 2-endo-7-endo-dioxide (5a) and 2-exo-7-endo-dioxide (5b)(More)
A nonlinear response surface method incorporating multivariate spline interpolation (RSM-S) is a useful technique for the optimization of pharmaceutical formulations, although the direct reliability of the optimal formulation must be evaluated. In this study, we demonstrated the feasibility of using the bootstrap (BS) resampling technique to evaluate the(More)
3,4-Di-tert-butylthiophene 1-oxide (1a) reacted with a series of electron-deficient alkenic dienophiles at its syn-pi-face relating to the S=O bond to give [4+2] adducts in excellent yields. The 1-oxide 1a also reacted even with angle-strained dienophiles acenaphthylene and norbornene at its syn-pi-face to afford [4+2] adducts; in the latter case,(More)
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