Kozo Motonaga

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We have isolated three unique NaPi-2-related protein cDNAs (NaPi-2alpha, NaPi-2beta, and NaPi-2gamma) from a rat kidney library. NaPi-2alpha cDNA encodes 337 amino acids which have high homology to the N-terminal half of NaPi-2 containing 3 transmembrane domains. NaPi-2beta encodes 327 amino acids which are identical to the N-terminal region of NaPi-2(More)
To investigate the pathophysiologic role of myotonic dystrophy protein kinase (DMPK) in the brain in myotonic dystrophy (MD), the developmental characteristics of DMPK immunoreactivity in the central nervous system and its alteration with disease were studied. Eleven patients’ brain with MD (5 congenital form, 6 adult form) were examined by(More)
NXF, a member of the basic helix-loop-helix-PAS transcription factor family, is thought to be involved in functional regulation of neurons, because significant expression is found in the mature brain. To elucidate functions of NXF in vivo, here we generated mice lacking NXF using homologous recombination with embryonic stem cells. NXF(-/-) mice were(More)
While neurotrophin is known to be involved in a variety of neuronal functions inducing several immediate early genes and activating several signaling molecules, the correspondence with downstream cascades remains to be defined in detail. Here we show that a bHLH-PAS transcription factor, NXF, is a new member genes under the control of neurotrophin. The(More)
The gene encoding the beta-site amyloid precursor protein cleaving enzyme 2 (BACE2) has been determined to be located on the long arm of chromosome 21 at 21q22.3. BACE2 cleaves the amyloid precursor protein at the beta-secretase site and is thought to contribute to amyloid beta protein production. In the present study, changes in the expression of BACE2(More)
Bloom syndrome (BS) involves the clinical features of telangiectatic erythema, immunodeficiency, and an increased risk for cancer. In order to clarify the pathogenetic significance of the responsible gene, BLM, which encodes a protein possessing homology to Escherichia coli RecQ helicase, the immunohistochemistry of BLM was examined in human brains and(More)
We studied the expression of the apoptosis-related protein, E2F-1, in Down's syndrome (DS) brains. The immunoreactivity for E2F-1 was detected in the pyramidal neurons of the cerebral cortex from DS brains exhibiting the neuropathological features of dementia of Alzheimer type (DAT), in accordance with the amyloid beta protein (A beta) deposition in the(More)
We studied the expression of Down’s syndrome cell adhesion molecule (DSCAM) in Down’s syndrome (DS) and control brains, using antisera against peptide fragments of DSCAM. On Western blots of human, mouse and rat brain homogenates, the antisera recognized a product at approximately 200 kDa. In the brain of a 2-year-old patient with DS, Western blotting(More)
AIMS Werner's syndrome (WS) is an uncommon autosomal recessive disease resulting from mutational inactivation of human WRN helicase, Werner's syndrome protein (WRNp). Patients with WS progressively develop a variety of aging characteristics after puberty. The aim of this study was to determine the distribution of WRNp and the expression of the transcription(More)