Ken-ichi Nakajima

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Reticulons (RTNs) constitute a family of endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-associated proteins with a reticular distribution. Despite the implication of their neuronal isoforms in axonal regeneration, the function of their widely expressed isoforms is largely unknown. In this study, we examined the role of the ubiquitously expressed RTN3 in membrane trafficking.(More)
In the present report, we studied if an isoflavone, genistein, enhances the nerve growth factor (NGF)-induced neurite outgrowth of PC12 cells. Application of genistein enhanced the NGF-induced neurite outgrowth. Knockdown of Na+/K+/2Cl- cotransporter isoform 1 (NKCC1) abolished the stimulatory effect of genistein on the neurite outgrowth. These observations(More)
2 (ABSTRACT) Certain endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-associated degradation (ERAD) substrates with transmembrane domains are segregated from other ER proteins and sorted into a juxtanuclear subcompartment, known as the ER quality control compartment. Bap31 is an ER protein with three transmembrane domains and assumed to be a cargo receptor for ER export of some(More)
The Na(+)/K(+)/2Cl(-) cotransporter (NKCC) mediates electroneutral transport of 2Cl(-) coupled with Na(+) and K(+) across the plasma membrane, and plays crucial roles in Cl(-) uptake into the cells, homeostasis of cellular Cl(-), and cell volume regulation. However, we have very limited information on the roles of ion transporters in neurite outgrowth in(More)
Renal epithelial Na+ transport plays an important role in homeostasis of our body fluid content and blood pressure. Further, the Na+ transport in alveolar epithelial cells essentially controls the amount of alveolar fluid that should be kept at an appropriate level for normal gas exchange. The epithelial Na+ transport is generally mediated through two(More)
Spider dragline silk is a natural fiber that has excellent tensile properties; however, it is difficult to produce artificially as a long, strong fiber. Here, the spider (Araneus ventricosus) dragline protein gene was cloned and a transgenic silkworm was generated, that expressed the fusion protein of the fibroin heavy chain and spider dragline protein in(More)
In the present study, we investigated the effect of osmolality on the paracellular ion conductance (Gp) composed of the Na(+) conductance (G(Na)) and the Cl(-) conductance (G(Cl)). An osmotic gradient generated by NaCl with relatively apical hypertonicity (NaCl-absorption-direction) induced a large increase in the G(Na) associated with a small increase in(More)
Weak electric fields guide cell migration, known as galvanotaxis/electrotaxis. The sensor(s) cells use to detect the fields remain elusive. Here we perform a large-scale screen using an RNAi library targeting ion transporters in human cells. We identify 18 genes that show either defective or increased galvanotaxis after knockdown. Knockdown of the KCNJ15(More)
Chloride ion (Cl(-)) is one of the most abundant anions in our body. Increasing evidence suggests that Cl(-) plays fundamental roles in various cellular functions. We have previously reported that electroneutral cation-chloride cotransporters, such as Na(+)-K(+)-2Cl(-) cotransporter 1 (NKCC1) and K(+)-Cl(-) cotransporter 1 (KCC1), are involved in neurite(More)
In December 2001, a 49-year-old man presented for evaluation of a gallstone. Abdominal contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) incidentally revealed a heteroge-nous mass measuring 36 mm in diameter in the left adrenal lesion, which was suspected of being pheochromocytoma (Picture 1A, arrow). Serum adrenaline, noradrenaline,