Keita D. Tanaka

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The phytohormone auxin plays critical roles in the regulation of plant growth and development. Indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) has been recognized as the major auxin for more than 70 y. Although several pathways have been proposed, how auxin is synthesized in plants is still unclear. Previous genetic and enzymatic studies demonstrated that both TRYPTOPHAN(More)
The inner ears of 35 adult chickens were studied by TEM, SEM and light microscopy. Two well differentiated hair cell/nerve ending units were present: tall hair cells with small vesiculated nerve endings were located on the attached part of the basilar membrane; short hair cells with large vesiculated nerve endings were located on the free basilar membrane(More)
The medaka Oryzias latipes and its two sister species, O. curvinotus and O. luzonensis, possess an XX-XY sex-determination system. The medaka sex-determining gene DMY has been identified on the orthologous Y chromosome [O. latipes linkage group 1 (LG1)] of O. curvinotus. However, DMY has not been discovered in other Oryzias species. These results and(More)
The fine structure of ascospore formation in the fission yeasts Schizosaccharomyces pombe and Schizosaccharomyces japonicus var. japonicus was studied by serial thin-sectioning and electron microscopy. The morphogenetic events were almost the same in both species. Ascospore development was initiated by the formation of the forespore membrane on the(More)
Nestlings of some brood parasitic birds evict hosts' eggs and young soon after hatching, thereby avoiding discrimination by hosts while monopolizing parental care. Eviction carries a cost, however, because lone parasitic nestlings attract a reduced provisioning rate. Here we describe a form of visual signaling used by the evicting Horsfield's hawk-cuckoo(More)
BACKGROUND Desmoid tumours or fibromatoses are rare entities characterized by the benign proliferation of fibroblasts, which can be life-threatening due to their locally aggressive properties. Surgery is widely accepted as the first line of treatment for extra-abdominal desmoids; however, it is not recommended for intra-abdominal desmoids because of the(More)
OBJECTIVE To see whether stochastic resonance can be triggered in the auditory steady-state responses (ASSRs) in a magnetoencephalogram (MEG). METHODS We measured ASSRs to 1kHz sinusoidal tone modulated at 40Hz with various intensities of white noise and obtained its power and degree of phase synchrony. RESULTS Group statistics showed a significant(More)
The large GTPase dynamin is strongly accumulated in the constricted area including midzonal microtubules of dividing cells. The proline-rich domain (PRD) of dynamin has been considered as a microtubule-binding domain. However, it remains unclear how PRD controls dynamin-microtubule interaction in mitotic cells. Here, we found that the microtubule-binding(More)
We describe herein the case of a 51-year-old woman with a dissecting aneurysm of the aorta who presented with pain in the chest followed by prolonged pyrexia of unknown origin (PUO) lasting 6 weeks. Because of the fever associated with a murmur of aortic regurgitation, she was initially misdiagnosed as having infective endocarditis. This unusual case serves(More)
A 59-year-old man was admitted for evaluation of short of breath and bilateral leg edema that had progressively worsened over 3 months. Chest computed tomography revealed marked pericardial thickening. Cardiac echocardiography revealed right heart volume load and diastolic dysfunction. Cardiac catheterization revealed a dip-and-plateau pattern of the(More)