Kunihiro Ueda

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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)
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)
MOTIVATION Neurodegenerative disorders (NDDs) are progressive and fatal disorders, which are commonly characterized by the intracellular or extracellular presence of abnormal protein aggregates. The identification and verification of proteins interacting with causative gene products are effective ways to understand their physiological and pathological(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)
Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1; EC, 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)
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)
ADP-ribosylation reaction, that is the transfer of the ADP-ribose moiety of NAD+ to acceptor protein, is catalyzed by two classes of ADP-ribosyltransferases,i.e., poly(ADP-ribose) synthetase and mono (ADP-ribosyl)transferases. These two types differ not only in the number of transferring ADP-ribose units but also in the acceptor amino acid(s) and protein.(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)
OBJECTIVE Cardioplegic arrest remains the method of choice for myocardial protection in cardiac surgery. Poly(adenosine 5'-diphosphate-ribose) synthetase (PARS) inhibitor has been suggested to attenuate the ischemia-reperfusion injury in myocardial infarction by preventing energy depletion associated with oxidative stress. We investigated the efficacy of a(More)