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Basic peptides such as human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) Tat-(48-60) and Drosophila Antennapedia-(43-58) have been reported to have a membrane permeability and a carrier function for intracellular protein delivery. We have shown that not only Tat-(48-60) but many arginine-rich peptides, including HIV-1 Rev-(34-50) and octaarginine (Arg(8)),(More)
The use of membrane-permeable peptides as carrier vectors for the intracellular delivery of various proteins and macromolecules for modifying cellular function is well documented. Arginine-rich peptides, including those derived from human immunodeficiency virus 1 Tat protein, are among the representative classes of these vectors. The internalization(More)
Neuronal cells injured by ischemia and reperfusion to a certain extent are committed to death in necrotic or apoptotic form. Necrosis is induced by gross ATP depletion or 'energy crisis' of the cell, whereas apoptosis is induced by a mechanism still to be defined in detail. Here, we investigated this mechanism by focusing on a DNA damage-sensor,(More)
LUN is a novel RING finger protein that is highly expressed in the lung and might be a transcriptional regulator of E-cadherin [J. Biol. Chem. 276 (2001) 14004]. It might be possible that LUN plays important roles in the development and progression of lung cancer through regulating expression of E-cadherin, but no clinical study on LUN expression has been(More)
Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1) is a nuclear enzyme involved in the detection of DNA strand termini. Extensive cellular damage can overactivate PARP-1, which rapidly depletes the cellular stores of NAD+ and ATP, resulting in necrotic cell death. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether 6(5H)-phenanthridinone, a potent inhibitor of(More)
Overactivation of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1) in response to oxidative stress has been shown to contribute to necrotic cell death by consuming NAD+ and ATP. In the present study, PARP-1 overactivation was determined by identifying the distribution and accumulation of poly(ADP-ribose) following intraperitoneal administration of a hepatotoxic dose(More)
Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1; EC 2.4.2.30), also termed as poly(ADP-ribose) synthetase, is a key enzyme in the recognition and repair of damaged DNA. Several conditions (e.g., ischemia-reperfusion or chemical-induced injury) have been shown to overactivate PARP-1, causing neurodegeneration and necrotic or apoptotic cell death from NAD+ and ATP(More)
We developed a completely homogeneous and isothermal method of detecting RNA sequences and demonstrated ultrarapid and direct quantification of pathogenic gene expression with high sensitivity. The assay is based on performing isothermal RNA sequence amplification in the presence of our novel DNA probe, an intercalation activating fluorescence DNA probe,(More)
Non-amyloid beta (Abeta) component of Alzheimer's disease (AD) amyloid (NAC) coexists with Abeta protein in senile plaques. After exposure to NAC fibrils, cortical neurons of rat brain primary culture became apoptotic, while astrocytes were activated with extension of their processes. NAC fibrils decreased the activity of reducing(More)
The association between (GT)n dinucleotide repeats in monoamine oxidase gene loci, monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) and B (MAOB), and Parkinson's disease (PD), Alzheimer's disease (AD), and Lewy body variant (LBV) of AD were determined. MAOA-GT polymorphisms were significantly associated with pure AD and LBV. MAOA-GT allele 113 was excessively represented in pure(More)