Junko Masuda

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The Eph-ephrin receptor-ligand system is implicated in cell behavior and morphology. EphA1 is the founding member of the Eph receptors, but little is known about its function. Here, we show that activation of EphA1 kinase inhibits cell spreading and migration in a RhoA-ROCK-dependent manner. We also describe a novel interaction between EphA1 and(More)
Two double-stranded RNA viruses exist as permanent persistent infections of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae: ScVL1 and ScVLa. Both belong to the Totiviridae, which include a number of fungal and protozoan double-stranded RNA viruses. Although ScVL1 and ScVLa share the same genomic organization and mode of expression and coexist in the same cells, they(More)
Golgins are coiled-coil proteins that play a key role in the regulation of Golgi architecture and function. Giantin, the largest golgin in mammals, forms a complex with p115, rab1, GM130, and soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptors (SNAREs), thereby facilitating vesicle tethering and fusion processes around the Golgi(More)
Angiotensin-I-converting enzyme (ACE) plays a crucial role in the crisis of hypertension. Some peptides that originate from protease hydrolysates are known to suppress ACE activity in vitro and in vivo. Here, we investigated whether trypsin hydrolysate of oyster Crassostrea gigas showed hypotensive activity and ACE inhibition. The hydrolysate significantly(More)
Annexin (Anx) V is pivotal in the maintenance of pregnancy by preventing the activation of blood coagulation. The homology of the amino acid sequence between Anx IV and Anx V is highest in Anx family proteins. However, little is known about the roles of Anx IV in pregnancy. The aim of this study is to clarify the roles of circulating Anx IV and Anx V in(More)
Caloric restriction (CR) is well known to expand lifespan in a variety of species and to retard many age-related diseases. The effects of relatively mild CR on the proteome profile in relation to lifespan have not yet been reported, despite the more extensive studies of the stricter CR conditions. Thus, the present study was conducted to elucidate the(More)
INTRODUCTION The presence of antiphospholipid (aPL) antibodies increases the risk for recurrent miscarriage (RM). Annexins are a family of structurally related proteins which all bind to anionic phospholipids (PLs) preventing clotting on vascular phospholipid surfaces. The aim of our study was to define plasma concentrations of circulating annexins IV and V(More)
Several studies have shown that cancer niche can perform an active role in the regulation of tumor cell maintenance and progression through extracellular vesicles-based intercellular communication. However, it has not been reported whether this vesicle-mediated communication affects the malignant transformation of normal stem cells/progenitors. We have(More)
We examined factors affecting renal ischemic time and intraoperative blood loss in laparoscopic partial nephrectomy and attempted to determine which method of suture for parenchymal closure is effective in this operation. Fifty-seven patients who underwent laparoscopic partial nephrectomy were studied. Some variables and methods of suture for parenchymal(More)