Kazutami Sakamoto

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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)
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)
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)
We investigated the structural ordering of stratum corneum (SC) lipid by means of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) slow-tumbling simulation in conjunction with spin probe studies. The SC of human mid-volar forearm was stripped consecutively from three to six times. The EPR probe method detected a characteristic peak of sebaceous matter in the first SC(More)
BACKGROUND Ceramide hydrolysis by ceramidase in the stratum corneum (SC) yields both sphingoid bases and free fatty acids (FFA). While FFA are key constituents of the lamellar bilayers that mediate the epidermal permeability barrier, whether sphingoid bases influence permeability barrier homeostasis remains unknown. Pertinently, alterations of lipid(More)
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)
Preparation of surface coatings or thin films from nanostructured materials with controlled release functions is of paramount importance for development of biomedical and cosmetic applications such as skin protection, transdermal therapy, and tissue regeneration.1 The most desirable features of nanomaterials for these purposes include thin film morphologies(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)
We have prepared microemulsions consisting of water/[40 wt % polyoxyethylene (20 mol) glycerin isostearate (abbreviated as POE-GIS) + 60 wt % random copolymer of polyoxyethylene (POE, 38 mol)/polyoxypropylene (POP, 10 mol) pentaerythritol tetramethyl ether {abbreviated as PEPTME (38/10)}]/[polyoxyethylene (POE, 19 mol)/polyoxypropylene (POP, 19 mol)(More)