Kikuo Machida

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The mechanism of farnesol (FOH)-induced growth inhibition of Saccharomyces cerevisiae was studied in terms of its promotive effect on generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). The level of ROS generation in FOH-treated cells increased five- to eightfold upon the initial 30-min incubation, while cells treated with other isoprenoid compounds, like(More)
We looked for mutations in the caveolin-1 gene, encoding a critical molecule for membrane signaling to cell growth, in 92 primary human breast cancers, and we report here the identification of a mutation in caveolin-1 at codon 132 (P132L) in 16% of cases. The mutation-positive cases were mostly invasive scirrhous carcinomas. In cell lines expressing the(More)
An isoprenoid farnesol (FOH) inhibited cellular oxygen consumption and induced mitochondrial generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in cells of Saccharomyces cerevisiae in correlation with hyperpolarization of the mitochondrial transmembrane potential (mtDeltaPsi). The FOH-induced events were coordinately abolished with the F(1)-ATPase inhibitor sodium(More)
We reported previously that a synthetic compound, MT-21, induced apoptosis by activating c-Jun-NH2-terminal kinase via the Krs/MST protein, which is activated by caspase-3 cleavage dependent on reactive oxygen species production. Here we examine the activation mechanism of caspase-3, an important cysteine aspartic protease, during MT-21-induced apoptosis.(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a single-stranded RNA virus and its genome is translated into a single large polyprotein. The viral-encoded NS3 protein possesses protease, nucleoside triphosphatase, and helicase activities. Since these activities appear to be important for viral replication, efforts are being made to identify compounds that might inhibit the(More)
We propose a sequential variational Bayes method, which is a recursive formulation of variational Bayes method, extended for online learning. We derived a novel data association filtering method for multiple targets, named variational Bayes data association filter (VBDAF). To estimate multiple targets' states, data association is an important problem, when(More)
Cerebral blood volume before and after acetazolamide was measured by SPECT to evaluate cerebral vasodilatory capacity in eight patients with cerebrovascular disease and five control subjects. Two SPECT measurements were performed serially, and acetazolamide was administered between them. The ratio of increase in hemispheric blood volume was calculated, and(More)
A myeloid cell line, designated PL-21, was established from the peripheral blood of a patient with acute promyelocytic leukemia. The PL-21 cell line grew in single-cell suspension, with a doubling time of 48-64 hr, and consisted of promyelocytes with fine immature nuclei and prominent azurophilic granules in the cytoplasm. PL-21 cells were positive for(More)
We investigated the production of hyaluronan (HA) and its effect on cell motility in cells expressing the v-src mutants. Transformation of 3Y1 by v-src virtually activated HA secretion, whereas G2A v-src, a nonmyristoylated form of v-src defective in cell transformation, had no effect. In cells expressing the temperature-sensitive mutant of v-Src, HA(More)