Junichi Fukushima

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Arginine-481 is located in the putative agonist-binding region preceding the putative transmembrane segment M1 of the alpha1-subunit of the AMPA-selective glutamate receptor (GluR) channel. This amino acid is completely conserved among GluR proteins. A site-directed mutagenesis study using a baculovirus expression system showed that substitution of(More)
The Bel-1 transcriptional transactivator encoded by human foamy virus (HFV) can efficiently activate gene expression directed by both the HFV long terminal repeat (LTR) and internal (Int) promoter elements. By DNA footprinting and gel retardation analysis, we demonstrate that Bel-1 can specifically bind to discrete sites in both the LTR and Int promoter(More)
INTRODUCTION Earlier reports of laparoscopic adrenalectomy (LA) for adrenal myelolipoma are limited. PRESENTATION OF CASE Between June 2000 and September 2012, we performed right adrenal resections using LA and open adrenalectomy (OA) in patients with myelolipoma (n = 3 and n = 3, respectively). Then, we evaluated patients' background characteristics and(More)
Esophageal endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) is technically difficult. To make it safer, we developed a novel method using overtube with a traction forceps (OTF) for countertraction during submucosal dissection. We conducted an ex vivo animal study and compared the clinical outcomes between OTF-ESD and conventional method (C-ESD). A total of 32(More)
Although most sporadic colorectal cancers (CRC) are thought to develop from protruded adenomas through the adenoma-carcinoma sequence, some CRC develop through flat lesions, so-called laterally spreading tumors (LST). We previously analyzed epigenetic aberrations in LST and found that LST are clearly classified into two molecular subtypes:(More)
The division of the embryonic cloaca is the most essential event for the formation of digestive and urinary tracts. The defective development of the cloaca results in anorectal malformations (ARMs; 2-5 per 10,000 live births). However, the developmental and pathogenic mechanisms of ARMs are unclear. In the current study, we visualized the epithelia in the(More)
We report a case of a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) of the stomach that demonstrated a stepwise progression from low- to high-grade malignancy. The patient had been followed for a small gastric submucosal tumor that had turned malignant after 8 years of indolence, manifested by tarry stools. The tumor was enucleated, and gastric GIST was diagnosed.(More)
The V3 loop consensus motif. Arg-Gly-Pro-Gly-Arg-Ala-Phe-Val-Thr-Ile (HIV-1 IIIB), inhibits an interaction of HIV with CD4-positive lymphocytes. Recently, both proline-rich peptides and peptides containing proline-glycine loops (beta-turns) form a complex with ristocetin dimers. These peptides interact with ristocetin-loaded platelet membrane glycoprotein(More)
Argininosuccinate lyase (EC 4.3.2.1) is an enzyme present in the brain of ureotelic animals. Using as a probe rat liver argininosuccinate lyase cDNA, already isolated and sequenced (Amaya, Y., Matsubasa, T., Takiguchi, M., Kobayashi, K., Saheki, T., Kawamoto, S. and Mori, M., J. Biochem., 103 (1988) 177-181), we screened a rat brain cDNA library constructed(More)
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