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We reported previously that three ERF transcription factors, tobacco ERF3 (NtERF3) and Arabidopsis AtERF3 and AtERF4, which are categorized as class II ERFs, are active repressors of transcription. To clarify the roles of these repressors in transcriptional regulation in plants, we attempted to identify the functional domains of the ERF repressor that(More)
Endothelial precursor cells (EPCs) have been identified in adult peripheral blood. We examined whether EPCs could be isolated from umbilical cord blood, a rich source for hematopoietic progenitors, and whether in vivo transplantation of EPCs could modulate postnatal neovascularization. Numerous cell clusters, spindle-shaped and attaching (AT) cells, and(More)
In Escherichia coli, the dinB gene is required for the SOS-induced lambda untargeted mutagenesis pathway and confers a mutator phenotype to the cell when the gene product is overexpressed. Here, we report that the purified DinB protein is a DNA polymerase. This novel E. coli DNA polymerase (pol IV) is shown to be strictly distributive, devoid of(More)
dinP is an Escherichia coli gene recently identified at 5.5 min of the genetic map, whose product shows a similarity in amino acid sequence to the E. coli UmuC protein involved in DNA damage-induced mutagenesis. In this paper we show that the gene is identical to dinB, an SOS gene previously localized near the lac locus at 8 min, the function of which was(More)
DNA polymerase IV (pol IV) in Escherichia coli is a member of a novel family of DNA polymerases (the DinB/UmuC/Rad30/Rev1 super-family or the DNA polymerase Y family). Although expression of the dinB gene encoding DNA pol IV is known to result in an enhancement of untargeted mutagenesis, it remains uncertain whether DNA pol IV is involved in a variety of(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the activity of CPT-11, which is a new derivative of camptothecin, against refractory or relapsed small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). PATIENTS AND METHODS Sixteen patients with refractory or relapsed SCLC were entered onto a prospective, non-randomized, single-institution phase II trial. All 16 patients had been pretreated heavily with some(More)
Nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP) has been proposed as a histologic subtype of idiopathic interstitial pneumonia with lung biopsy findings that are inconsistent with those of other idiopathic interstitial pneumonias. NSIP has a broad spectrum of histologic findings and a variable prognosis. The aim of this study was to determine whether it would be(More)
Fatty acid hydroperoxide lyase (HPL) is a novel P-450 enzyme that cleaves fatty acid hydroperoxides to form short-chain aldehydes and oxo-acids. In cucumber seedlings, the activities of both fatty acid 9HPL and 13HPL could be detected. High 9HPL activity was especially evident in hypocotyls. Using a polymerase chain reaction-based cloning strategy, we(More)
7-Ethyl-10-[4-(1-piperidino)-1-piperidino]carbonyloxy-camptothecin (CPT-11) is a novel camptothecin derivative that has been selected for clinical evaluation because of its broad spectrum of antitumor activity in animal models and its unique inhibitory effects on mammalian DNA topoisomerase I. Seventeen patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer were(More)
The janus kinases (JAK) and signal transducers and activators of the transcription (STAT) pathway have been shown to be activated by a number of cytokines or growth factors and to play significant roles in the differentiation of various cell types. In the present study, we investigated the distribution of the JAK-STAT pathway using immunohistochemistry in(More)