Kei Hiramatsu

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Human artificial chromosome (HAC) has several advantages as a gene therapy vector, including stable episomal maintenance that avoids insertional mutations and the ability to carry large gene inserts including the regulatory elements. Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells have great potential for gene therapy, as such cells can be generated from the(More)
Human chromosome fragments (hCFs) and human artificial chromosomes (HACs) can be transferred into mouse ES cells to produce trans-chromosomic (Tc) mice. Although hCFs and HACs containing large genomic DNAs can be autonomously maintained in Tc mice, their retention rate is variable in mouse ES cell lines and Tc mouse tissues, possibly because of centromere(More)
Human artificial chromosomes (HACs) and mouse artificial chromosomes (MACs) display several advantages as gene delivery vectors, such as stable episomal maintenance that avoids insertional mutations and the ability to carry large gene inserts including the regulatory elements. Previously, we showed that a MAC vector developed from a natural mouse chromosome(More)
Synthesis of a tricyclic enone (B/C/D ring system), a common key precursor for the aphidicolane- and stemodane-type diterpene, is described. The key reaction for the construction of the quaternary carbon center is allylation of epoxide at the more substituted carbon with an organotitanium reagent. Asymmetric reduction with DIP-Cl followed by stereoselective(More)
The introduction of megabase-sized large DNA fragments into the germline has been a difficult task. Although microcell-mediated chromosome transfer into mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) allows the production of transchromosomic mice, ESCs have unstable karyotypes and germline transmission is unreliable by chimera formation. As spermatogonial stem cells(More)
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