Kazutoshi Yamagishi

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A secreted luciferase from the marine ostracod, Vargula hilgendorfii, is a useful tool for gene expression assays in living mammalian cells. We have cloned the cDNA of a new secreted luciferase from the ostracod Cypridina noctiluca, which inhabits the coast of Japan. C. noctiluca luciferase consists of 553 amino acid residues with a molecular mass of 61,415(More)
Arabidopsis chotto1 (cho1) mutants show resistance to (-)-R-ABA, an ABA analog, during germination and seedling growth. Here, we report cloning and characterization of the CHO1 gene. cho1 mutants showed only subtle resistance to (+)-S-ABA during germination. The cho1 mutation acts as a strong enhancer of the abi5 mutant, whereas the cho1 abi4 double mutant(More)
Plants accumulate storage substances such as starch, lipids and proteins in certain phases of development. Storage proteins accumulate in both vegetative and reproductive tissues and serve as a reservoir to be used in later stages of plant development. The accumulation of storage protein is thus beneficial for the survival of plants. Storage proteins are(More)
In order to study the process of tuberization in potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) the major tuber proteins, such as patatin [5], proteinase inhibitors [1,4] and the 22kDa protein family [3], have been used as biochemical markers. Recently, three members of the 22 kDa protein family (molecular mass of 22, 23 and 24 kDa) have been reported to have N-terminal(More)
Messenger RNAs of a potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) Kunitz-type proteinase inhibitor(s) (PKPI) were present in potato disks excised from tubers stored for 14 months (old tubers) or 2 months (young tubers) after harvest, and disappeared during the aseptic culture. The PKPI mRNA accumulation was found to be induced in potato disks from the old tubers by the(More)
Bioluminescence reporter proteins have been widely used in the development of tools for monitoring biological events in living cells. In this study, we describe the development of a reporter system with secreted Cypridina noctiluca luciferase (CLuc) for a pharmacological assay that is based on targeted promoter activity. A model cell line was established(More)
Antiserum against a potato Kunitz-type proteinase inhibitor (PKPI) expressed in Escherichia coli was produced. In immunoblotting assays of proteins from potato tubers cultured in vitro, three proteins reacted to the antiserum, two of 20 kDa and one of 10 kDa. Their N-termini were sequenced. While the 20 kDa proteins showed 59 and 90% identity to PKPI, the(More)