Kenichi Ishibashi

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Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the main cause of chronic hepatitis worldwide. Chronic hepatitis ultimately results in the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the mechanism of hepatocarcinogenesis in chronic HCV infection is still unclear. The ability of the core protein of HCV to modulate gene transcription, cell proliferation and cell death(More)
Aberrant HCO(3)(-) transport is a hallmark of cystic fibrosis (CF) and is associated with aberrant Cl(-)-dependent HCO(3)(-) transport by the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR). We show here that HCO(3)(-) current by CFTR cannot account for CFTR-activated HCO(3)(-) transport and that CFTR does not activate AE1-AE4. In contrast, CFTR(More)
A new member of the aquaporin (AQP) family has been identified from rat testis. This gene, referred as aquaporin 7 (AQP7), encodes a 269-amino acid protein that contained the conserved NPA motifs of MIP family proteins. AQP7 has the amino acid sequence homology with other aquaporins ( approximately 30%), and it is highest with AQP3 (48%), suggesting that(More)
A new member of water channels has been identified from rat testis. This gene, termed aquaporin 8 (AQP8), encoded a 263-amino-acid protein that contained the conserved NPA motifs of MIP family proteins. AQP8 has amino acid sequence identity with other aquaporins (approximately 35%) and highest with a plant water channel, AQP-gamma TIP (39%), suggesting that(More)
Aquaporin-11 (AQP11) has been identified with unusual pore-forming NPA (asparagine-proline-alanine) boxes, but its function is unknown. We investigated its potential contribution to the kidney. Immunohistochemistry revealed that AQP11 was localized intracellularly in the proximal tubule. When AQP11 was transfected in CHO-K1 cells, it was localized in(More)
Water transport in highly water-permeable membranes is conducted by water-selective pores--namely, water channels. The recent cloning of water channels revealed the water-selective characteristics of these proteins when expressed in Xenopus oocytes or reconstituted in liposomes. Currently, it is assumed that the function of water channels is to transport(More)
Recently, a new member of aquaporins was reported as AQP10 [Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 287 (2001) 814], which is incompletely spliced to lose the sixth transmembrane domain and has poor water and no glycerol/urea permeabilities. Independently, we identified a similar clone in human. Our AQP10 consists of 301 amino acids with a highly conserved sixth(More)
Intracellular pH values (pHi) of Xenopus oocytes were optically measured using a fluorescent dye, 2', 7'-bis(2-carboxyethyl)-5(6)-carboxyfluorescein (BCECF). The oocytes were loaded with dye by incubation with a membrane-permeable form (BCECF-AM). Mean pHi of the oocytes in pH 7.6 solution was 7.69. Increasing ambient pCO2 rapidly decreased pHi and(More)
A new member (AQP9) of the aquaporin family was identified from human leukocytes by homology cloning using PCR. A full length clone was obtained by screening human liver cDNA library. AQP9 encodes a 295-amino-acid protein with the amino acid sequence identity with AQP3 (48%), AQP7 (45%), and other aquaporins (approximately 30%), suggesting that AQP3, AQP7,(More)
Aquaporins (AQPs ) are a family of transmembrane proteins present in almost all species including virus. They are grossly divided into three subfamilies based on the sequence around a highly conserved pore-forming NPA motif: (1) classical water -selective AQP (CAQP), (2) glycerol -permeable aquaglyceroporin (AQGP) and (3) AQP super-gene channel,(More)