Kenichi Nishioka

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Epigenetic maintenance of the expression state of the genome is critical for development. Drosophila GAGA factor interacts with FACT and modulates chromatin structure for the maintenance of gene expression. Here we show that the GAGA factor-FACT complex and its binding site just downstream from the white gene are crucial for position effect variegation.(More)
Molecular mechanisms for the establishment of transcriptional memory are poorly understood. 5,6-dichloro-1-D-ribofuranosyl-benzimidazole (DRB) is a P-TEFb kinase inhibitor that artificially induces the poised RNA polymerase II (RNAPII), thereby manifesting intermediate steps for the establishment of transcriptional activation. Here, using genetics and DRB,(More)
Recent studies have confirmed the role of reactive oxygen species in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). 8-Oxo-2'-deoxyguanosine accumulation in AD brain has been discussed, but few studies of DNA repair enzymes in AD brain have been done. Further, a relationship between mitochondrial function and oxidative stress has been noticed. In this study,(More)
Aberrant methylation at imprinted differentially methylated regions (DMRs) in human 11p15.5 has been reported in many tumors including hepatoblastoma. However, the methylation status of imprinted DMRs in imprinted loci scattered through the human genome has not been analyzed yet in any tumors. The methylation statuses of 33 imprinted DMRs were analyzed in(More)
Purpose:Expression of imprinted genes is regulated by DNA methylation of differentially methylated regions (DMRs). Beckwith–Wiedemann syndrome is an imprinting disorder caused by epimutations of DMRs at 11p15.5. To date, multiple methylation defects have been reported in Beckwith–Wiedemann syndrome patients with epimutations; however, limited numbers of(More)
Perlman syndrome is a rare, autosomal recessive overgrowth disorder. Recently, the deletion of exon 9 and other mutations of the DIS3L2 gene have been reported in patients; however, the mechanism behind this deletion is still unknown. We report the homozygous deletion of exon 9 of DIS3L2 in a Japanese patient with Perlman syndrome. We identified the(More)
A 39-year-old man underwent a right upper lobectomy and lymph node dissection for right lung adenocarcinoma on March 7, 1988. He was referred for an evaluation of a systemic bone scintillation scan on October 29, 1996. A hot spot at the right fourth rib was recognized. After performing needle aspiration cytology, a diagnosis of adenocarcinoma was made. This(More)
We describe herein the case of a 57-year-old man with thalassemia who developed acute liver failure after undergoing endoscopic injection sclerotherapy (EIS) to control hemorrhage from a ruptured esophageal varix. The patient, who had been comfirmed as having liver cirrhosis due to chronic hepatitis C with thalassemia in 1989, was admitted to our department(More)
Aberrant DNA methylation is associated with a range of human disorders. To identify differences in DNA methylation of gene promoters between placentas of low-birth-weight (LBW) and normal-birth-weight (NBW) infants, we screened 8091 genes for aberrant methylation in placentas using microarray-based integrated analysis of methylation by isoschizomers(More)
Uniparental disomy (UPD) is defined as the inheritance of both homologs of a given genomic region from only one parent. The majority of UPD includes an entire chromosome. However, the extent of UPD is sometimes limited to a subchromosomal region (segmental UPD). Mosaic paternal UPD (pUPD) of chromosome 11 is found in approximately 20% of patients with(More)
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