Kazuhiro Okano

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The C10-C18 unsaturated, acyclic, aliphatic compounds that contain an oxygenated functional group (alcohol, aldehyde, or acetate ester) are a major class of sex pheromones produced by female moths. In the biosynthesis of these pheromone components, the key enzyme required to produce the oxygenated functional groups is fatty-acyl reductase (FAR). This enzyme(More)
To build a foundation for the complete genome analysis of Bombyx mori, we have constructed an EST database. Because gene expression patterns deeply depend on tissues as well as developmental stages, we analyzed many cDNA libraries prepared from various tissues and different developmental stages to cover the entire set of Bombyx genes. So far, the Bombyx EST(More)
The straight-chain C(10) to C(18) unsaturated aliphatic compounds containing an oxygenated functional group (aldehyde, alcohol, or acetate ester) derived from saturated C(16) or C(18) fatty acids are a major class of sex pheromone components produced by female moths. In the biosynthesis of these pheromone components, various combinations of limited(More)
Very late expression factor 1 (VLF-1) of Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus is a putative tyrosine recombinase and is required for both very late gene expression and budded virus production. In this report, we show that a vlf-1 knockout bacmid was able to synthesize viral DNA at levels similar to that detected for a gp64 knockout bacmid(More)
Genomic DNA clones for the mouse prostaglandin (PG) E receptor subtype EP2 were isolated and characterized. The mouse EP2 gene is composed of 2 exons and 1 intron, and spans 16 kb. The intron which is approx. 12 kb in length is located at the end of the sixth transmembrane domain, as with other prostanoid receptor genes. Based on this structure, transcripts(More)
In a previous study, the DNA polymerase gene (dnapol) of Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV) was identified as one of six genes required for plasmid replication in a transient replication assay (M. Kool, C. Ahrens, R.W. Goldbach, G.F. Rohrmann, J.M. Vlak, Identification of genes involved in DNA replication of the Autographa(More)
Alkaline nuclease (AN) of the Autographa californica multiple-capsid nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV) (open reading frame 133) was expressed in recombinant baculovirus as a His(6)-tagged fusion and purified by sequential chromatography on Ni-NTA-agarose, DEAE-Toyopearl, and heparin-Sepharose. At all stages of purification, AcMNPV AN was found to copurify with(More)
Sugar conjugation is a major pathway for the inactivation and excretion of both endogenous and exogenous compounds. We report here the molecular cloning and functional characterization of a phenol UDP-glucosyltransferase (UGT) from the silkworm, Bombyx mori, which was named BmUGT1. The complete cDNA clone is 1.6 kb, and the gene is expressed in several(More)
We have cloned and characterized a novel chitinase gene (BmChi-h) from the silkworm, Bombyx mori. BmChi-h cDNA has an open reading frame of 1,665 nucleotides, encoding a protein of 555 amino acid residues. The predicted protein shared extensive similarities with bacterial and baculovirus chitinases in both amino acid sequences (73% identity with Serratia(More)
Although it is clear that transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1) is critical for renal fibrogenesis, the complexity of the involved mechanisms is increasingly apparent. TGF-beta1 stimulates phosphorylation of Smad2/3 and activates other signaling molecules as well. The molecular link between these other kinases and Smads is not known. We sought new(More)