Kazutami Sakamoto

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The generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by ultraviolet radiation (UVR) accelerates skin aging, which is known as photoaging. Because cutaneous iron catalyzes ROS generation, sequestering iron by chelating agents is thought to be an effective approach toward preventing photoaging. Previously, N-(4-pyridoxylmethylene)-l-serine (PYSer) was designed as(More)
We have developed hybrid amphiphilic polymers consisting of a silicone backbone modified with hydrocarbon chains and hydrolyzed silk peptides. These polymers are molecularly soluble neither in water nor in most of organic solvent, but are attractive with these solvents. We assume that this property enables the polymers to form "an independent third phase"(More)
Anionic surfactants are used in greater volume than any other surfactants because of their highly potent detergency and low cost of manufacture. However, they have not been used as templates for synthesizing mesoporous silica. Here we show a templating route for preparing mesoporous silicas based on self-assembly of anionic surfactants and inorganic(More)
Epsin-1 is a representative protein for inducing the positive curvature necessary for the formation of clathrin-coated pits. Here we demonstrate that the N-terminus 18-residue peptide of epsin-1 (EpN18) has this ability per se, as proved by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and solid-state NMR. Moreover, it is shown how this positive curvature(More)
Chirality is widely expressed in organic materials, perhaps most notably in biological molecules such as DNA, and in proteins, owing to the homochirality of their components (d-sugars and l-amino acids). But the occurrence of large-scale chiral pores in inorganic materials is rare. Although some progress has been made in strategies to synthesize helical and(More)
Nuclear factor (NF)-kappa B pathways are influenced by the intracellular reduction-oxidation (redox) balance. While NF-kappa B is activated through inhibitor (I)-kappa B degradation by oxidative stress, its DNA binding is accelerated in the reduced state. We found that N,N'-diacetyl-L-cystine dimethylester (DACDM) suppressed the UVB-induced NF-kappa B(More)
Lamellar lipid layers in the stratum corneum (SC), the outermost layer of the skin, act as a primary permeability barrier to protect the body. The roles of SC lipid composition and membrane structure in skin barrier function have been extensively investigated using ex-vivo SC samples and reconstructed SC lipids in the form of multi-lamellar lipids or(More)
Although liposomes are considered to be one of the most promising carriers for drug delivery systems (DDS), they have drawbacks such as insufficient drug-entrapment efficiency and long-term stability. The objectives of this study are to improve the trapping efficiency by addition of lipopeptides (LPs), and using a supercritical CO(2) reverse-phase(More)