Kumiko Yoshihara

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OBJECTIVES Resin-based dental materials are not inert in the oral environment, and may release components, initially due to incomplete polymerization, and later due to degradation. Since there are concerns regarding potential toxicity, more precise knowledge of the actual quantity of released eluates is necessary. However, due to a great variety in(More)
The results of chromosome studies on cultured umbilical cord blood lymphocytes from a consecutive series of 14,835 liveborn infants (7,608 males and 7,227 females) are described. Ninety-three infants (6.27 per 1,000) had a major chromosome abnormality. Of these, thirty-one infants (2.09 per 1,000) had sex chromosome abnormalities. Seven male infants had a(More)
Here we report the cellular arachidonate (AA)-releasing function of group IIF secretory phospholipase A(2) (sPLA(2)-IIF), a sPLA(2) enzyme uniquely containing a longer C-terminal extension. sPLA(2)-IIF increased spontaneous and stimulus-dependent release of AA, which was supplied to downstream cyclooxygenases and 5-lipoxygenase for eicosanoid production.(More)
According to the 'Adhesion-Decalcification' concept, specific functional monomers within dental adhesives can ionically interact with hydroxyapatite (HAp). Such ionic bonding has been demonstrated for 10-methacryloyloxydecyl dihydrogen phosphate (MDP) to manifest in the form of self-assembled 'nano-layering'. However, it remained to be explored if such(More)
Five vinyl-substituted fluororetinal analogues (8-F, 10-F, 12-F, 14-F, and 13,14-F2) were found to give bacteriorhodopsin analogues with properties similar to those of the parent system. Of these, only 14-fluororetinal was found to give an extra red-shifted BR analogue (lambda max less than or equal to 680 nm) in equilibrium with the normal 587-nm pigment.(More)
The blind mutant FN68 of the unicellular flagellate green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is negatively phototactic in the presence of the native chromophore all-trans retinal. In contrast, analog chromophores such as a ring-acyclic retinal and those in which trans/cis isomerization about the C11 = C12 double bond was blocked induced predominantly positive(More)
There is increasing evidence that compounds in tick saliva and salivary gland extract (SGE) have a suppressive effect on host immunity and that tick-borne pathogens exploit this situation to their benefit thus causing diseases. We have demonstrated that SGE derived from Rhipicephalus appendiculatus ticks has a suppressive effect on a macrophage like cell(More)
We report the cloning and characterization of two genes encoding dihydroxyacetone kinase (EC 2.7.1.29), SpDAK1 and SpDAK2, from Schizosaccharomyces pombe IFO 0354. The open reading frames of both genes encode 591 amino acids and have Mrs of 62158 and 62170, respectively. Both predicted amino acid sequences exhibited a high identity to each other (99.8%) and(More)
Two dihydroxyacetone kinases (DHAKs), DHAK I and DHAK II, were purified to homogeneity from Schizosaccharomyces pombe IFO 0354. They were immunologically different from each other. Although both of the enzymes had some affinity for glycerol and dl-glyceraldehyde in addition to dihydroxyacetone and glyceraldehyde, V(infmax) values for dihydroxyacetone were(More)
Leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) and macrophage colony stimulating factor (M-CSF), members of the group of hemopoietic cytokines, play a primary role in the control of embryo development and implantation and in the growth of the placenta in humans and mice. Gene expressions of LIF and M-CSF were investigated using quantitative RT-PCR in bovine endometrial(More)