Kazumasa Hada

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The crystal structure of the Alba protein (PhoAlba) from a hyperthermophilic archaeon, Pyrococcus horikoshii OT3, was determined at a resolution of 2.8 A. PhoAlba structurally belongs to the alpha/beta proteins and is similar not only to archaeal homologues but also to RNA-binding proteins, including the C-terminal half of initiation factor 3 (IF3-C) from(More)
We previously cloned two distinct cDNA clones, NGR1 and NGR3, encoding S-like ribonucleases (RNases) induced by wounding and tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) infection, respectively, in Nicotiana glutinosa leaves. To gain insight into the regulatory mechanism of the RNase genes, we analyzed nucleotide sequences of the genes ngr1 (4.1 kbp) and ngr3 (5.3 kbp),(More)
Developmental timing in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is controlled by heterochronic genes, mutations in which cause changes in the relative timing of developmental events. One of the heterochronic genes, let-7, encodes a microRNA that is highly evolutionarily conserved, suggesting that similar genetic pathways control developmental timing across(More)
Ribonuclease P (RNase P) is a ribonucleoprotein complex involved in the processing of the 5'-leader sequence of precursor tRNA (pre-tRNA). Our earlier study revealed that RNase P RNA (pRNA) and five proteins (PhoPop5, PhoRpp38, PhoRpp21, PhoRpp29, and PhoRpp30) in the hyperthermophilic archaeon Pyrococcus horikoshii OT3 reconstituted RNase P activity that(More)
During the larva-to-adult transition of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, expression of the Alzheimer's amyloid precursor protein-like gene, apl-1, is temporally regulated in seam cells. This regulation requires several transcription factors, including nuclear receptor NHR-25. Here we describe a critical cis-regulatory element of apl-1 transcription. The(More)
In the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, many meiotic mRNAs are transcribed during mitosis and meiosis and selectively eliminated in mitotic cells. However, this pathway for mRNA decay, called the determinant of selective removal (DSR)-Mmi1 system, targets only some of the numerous meiotic mRNAs that are transcribed in mitotic cells. Here we describe(More)
In the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, the let-7 microRNA (miRNA) and its family members control the timing of key developmental events in part by directly regulating expression of hunchback-like-1 (hbl-1). C. elegans hbl-1 mutants display multiple developmental timing deficiencies, including cell cycle defects during larval development. While hbl-1 is(More)
The activated structure of RNase P RNA (PhopRNA) in Pyrococcus horikoshii OT3 was characterized by circular dichroism (CD) and ultraviolet (UV) absorbance spectra. The results suggested that interaction of four RNase P proteins (PhoPop5, PhoRpp21, PhoRpp29, and PhoRpp30) with PhopRNA results in destabilization of base stacking in PhopRNA, whereas the(More)
Hepatic gluconeogenic programs are regulated by a variety of signaling cascades. Glucagon-cAMP signaling is the main initiator of the gluconeogenic programs, including glucose-6-phosphatase catalytic subunit (G6pc) gene expression. Pterosin B, an ingredient in Pteridium aquilinum, inhibits salt-inducible kinase 3 signaling that represses cAMP-response(More)
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