Kenji Nishikori

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Endosymbiosis in aphids is maintained through a mutualistic association between the host and a symbiotic bacterium, Buchnera, which is harbored in specialized host cells called bacteriocytes. Here, we examined the changes in the Buchnera density in bacteriocytes in relation to the development and polyphenism of the host aphid. Buchnera density in the winged(More)
In insects, specific proteins and physiologically active molecules whose functions are related to their lifestyles are secreted from the salivary system. To investigate proteins/molecules related to the sociality of the European honeybee (Apis mellifera L.), we performed a proteomic analysis of the honeybee salivary system. The honeybee salivary system(More)
The gene of an intracellular poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (iPHB) depolymerase from Rhodobacter sphaeroides was cloned and sequenced. The nucleotide sequence of the cloned gene was homologous to that of the iPHB depolymerase gene from Ralstonia eutropha H16 (phaZ1 Reu) and the gene was designated phaZ1 Rsh. PhaZ1Rsh was purified from E. coli harboring an(More)
Caenorhabditis elegans HAF-4 and HAF-9 are half ABC (ATP-binding-cassette) transporters that are highly homologous to the human lysosomal peptide transporter TAPL [TAP (transporter associated with antigen processing)-like; ABCB9]. We reported previously that both HAF-4 and HAF-9 localize to the membrane of a subset of intestinal organelles, and are required(More)
Pea aphids form a mutualistic association with the endosymbiotic bacterium Buchnera, which is harbored in specialized host cells called bacteriocytes. The adult aphids display dimorphism In which there are winged and wingless morphs. We previously reported that the Buchnera density in bacteriocytes of the winged morph (alate) decreases around final ecdysis,(More)
Caenorhabditis elegans HAF-4 and HAF-9 are half-type ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter proteins, which are highly homologous to the human peptide transporter protein, transporter associated with antigen processing-like (TAPL, ABCB9). TAPL forms homodimers and localizes to lysosomes, whereas HAF-4 and HAF-9 form heterodimers and localize to(More)
The intestinal cells of Caenorhabditis elegans are filled with heterogeneous granular organelles that are associated with specific organ functions. The best studied of these organelles are lipid droplets and acidified gut granules associated with GLO-1, a homolog of the small GTPase Rab38. In this study, we characterized a subset of the intestinal granules(More)
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