Junko Nagano

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Growth and differentiation factor 5 (GDF5) has been implicated in chondrogenesis and joint formation, and an association of GDF5 and osteoarthritis (OA) has been reported recently. However, the in vivo function of GDF5 remains mostly unclarified. Although various human GDF5 mutations and their phenotypic consequences have been described, only(More)
The predicted structure of the autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease protein, fibrocystin, suggests that it may function as a receptor, but its function remains unknown. To understand its function, we searched for proteins that interact with the intracellular C-terminus of fibrocystin using the yeast two-hybrid system. From the screening, we found(More)
Mammal-fish-conserved-sequence 1 (MFCS1) is a highly conserved sequence that acts as a limb-specific cis-acting regulator of Sonic hedgehog (Shh) expression, residing 1 Mb away from the Shh coding sequence in mouse. Using gene-driven screening of an ENU-mutagenized mouse archive, we obtained mice with three new point mutations in MFCS1: M101116, M101117,(More)
Amelogenesis imperfecta (AI) is a group of commonly inherited defects of dental enamel formation, which exhibits marked genetic and clinical heterogeneity. The genetic basis of this heterogeneity is still poorly understood. Enamelin, the affected gene product in one form of AI (AIH2), is an extracellular matrix protein that is one of the components of(More)
SHIRPA is a three-stage protocol for the comprehensive assessment of primarily mouse behavior. The first stage consists of high-throughput phenotyping of 33 behavioral observations and 7 metabolic or disease observations. We modified this part of the protocol by integrating new morphologic observations into the initial phenotype assay of behavior and(More)
OBJECTIVES Intravenous iron administration (IVIR) is effective for correcting anemia in hemodialysis (HD) patients, but it also enhances the generation of hydroxyl radicals. Previously we demonstrated that IVIR increases oxidized serum albumin levels in HD patients. However, the effect of IVIR frequencies on the oxidative stress has never been studied(More)
A serine protease, prostasin, has been shown to stimulate the activity of amiloride-sensitive sodium channels (ENaC). Prostasin is a glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored protein that is found free in physiologic fluids and tissue culture medium, but the mechanism by which prostasin is secreted from the cells has not been elucidated. The current studies(More)