Kaname Kaneko

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The mammalian target of rapamycin, mTOR, has been shown to be an upstream regulator of translational effectors. In the present study, in order to detect potential molecules involved in the mTOR signaling, an in vitro phosphorylation assay using mTOR immunoprecipitates from HEK293 cells was carried out. In addition to the autophosphorylation of mTOR, 32P(More)
Chicken gizzard actomyosin, containing the calmodulin-myosin light chain kinase (MLCK) system, was incubated in the presence of various concentrations of PSK, a protein-bound polysaccharide from Basidiomycetes, together with Ca2+ and Mg-ATP. The phosphorylation of myosin was enhanced half-maximally by 10-4 g/ml of PSK. However, a similar concentration of(More)
The direct effect of okadaic acid (OA) on the ATP-dependent interaction between actin and myosin of smooth muscle was examined not only by the conventional measurement of ATPase activity but also by application of in vitro motility assay developed recently. The motility was effectively enhanced by microM levels of OA. Measurements of the activities of(More)
The extracellular domain of tumour necrosis factor (TNF) receptor II fused with the human IgG1 Fc region (TNFRII-Fc), as well as antibodies against TNF, has been used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. However, TNFRII-Fc is less effective than these antibodies in terms of antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) and complement-dependent cytotoxicity(More)
Conventional studies on vitamin C have been conducted by single-dosage administration with ascorbic acid itself being so labile as to undergo irreversible degradation. In contrast, enrichment of intracellular ascorbate is accomplished by pro-vitamin C in which its 2,3-enediol moiety is protected with phosphate ester, being thereafter enzymatically(More)
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