Kazuya Matsumoto

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In an attempt to elucidate the effects of denervation on development and maintenance of the structure of the fungiform papilla, unilateral neurectomy of the chorda tympani-lingual nerve of rats was performed at day 1 and at weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, and 10 after birth. Specimens were obtained at days 3, 7 and 10, weeks 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8, and months 3 and 4 after(More)
Development of assisted reproductive technologies is necessary to obtain fertilized oocytes in a subfertile transgenic mouse strain. Here, we showed the application of laser-assisted drilling of the zona pellucida to in vitro fertilization of cryopreserved mouse oocytes with sperm from subfertile transgenic mice (C57BL/6N-Tg(UCP/FAD2)U8 strain). After(More)
Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) of nonhuman primates are important for research into human gametogenesis because of similarities between the embryos and fetuses of nonhuman primates and those of humans. Recently, the formation of germ cells from mouse ESCs in vitro has been reported. In this study, we established cynomolgus monkey ES cell lines (cyESCs) and(More)
Paclitaxel is a chemotherapeutic drug applied for the treatment of breast and non-small cell lung cancers. However, the biological effects of paclitaxel on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are undefined. We examined these points by using the human HCC cell lines, and found that paclitaxel inhibited the growth of HCC cells and blocked the cell cycle at the(More)
Detailed structural analyses of membrane proteins as well as their uses in advanced nanobiotechnological applications require extended stabilization of the functional protein conformation. Here we report that a new class of designer surfactant like peptides can significantly increase the activity and stabilize the functional form of the multidomain protein(More)
During the maternal-to-zygotic transition (MZT), maternal proteins in oocytes are degraded by the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS), and new proteins are synthesized from the zygotic genome. However, the specific mechanisms underlying the UPS at the MZT are not well understood. We identified a molecule named zygote-specific proteasome assembly chaperone(More)
Transcriptional activation of gene expression directed by the long terminal repeat (LTR) of HIV-1 requires both the transactivation response element (TAR) and Tat protein. HIV-1 mutants lacking a functional tat gene are not able to proliferate. Here we take a genetic approach to suppress HIV-1 replication based on Tat-dependent production of MazF, an(More)
In mammalian oocytes, the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) is suggested to play important roles in oocyte meiosis resumption, spindle assembly, polar body emission and pronuclear formation by regulating cyclin B1 degradation. However, little is known about the direct relationship between zygotic gene activation (ZGA) and degradation of maternal proteins.(More)
This paper presents a blocked algorithm for the all-pairs shortest paths (APSP) problem for a hybrid CPU-GPU system. In the blocked APSP algorithm, the amount of data communication between CPU (host) memory and GPU memory is minimized. When a problem size (the number of vertices in a graph) is large enough compared with a blocking factor, the blocked(More)
Postovulatory mammalian oocyte developmental potential decreases with aging in vivo and in vitro. Aging oocytes typically show cellular fragmentation and chromosome scattering with an abnormally shaped spindle over time. Previously, it was shown that histone acetylation in the mouse oocyte increased during aging and that treatment with trichostatin A (TSA),(More)