Maki Watanabe

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In central Japan, Aokigahara woodland is considered to be one of the most natural areas around Mount Fuji and a core area in the conservation of the biodiversity of Mount Fuji. We chose butterflies as an indicator species of biodiversity and examined six communities in and around the woodland in 2000 using transect counts to examine and search for diversity(More)
Molecular chaperone DnaK of halophilic Tetragenococcus halophilus JCM5888 was characterized under salinity conditions both in vitro and in vivo. The dnaK gene was cloned into an expression vector and transformed into Escherichia coli. The DnaK protein obtained from the recombinant E. coli showed a significantly higher refolding activity of denatured lactate(More)
We have cloned and characterized the dnaK operon of Tetragenococcus halophila JCM5888. Nucleotide sequence analysis of cloned fragments showed that the dnaK operon consists of four open reading frames with the organization hrcA-grpE-dnaK-dnaJ. Two regulatory CIRCE (Controlling Inverted Repeat of Chaperone Expression) elements were identified in the region(More)
We present discourse annotation work aimed at constructing a parallel corpus of Rhetorical Structure trees for a collection of Japanese texts and their corresponding English translations. We discuss implications of our empirical findings for the task of text planning in the context of implementing multilingual natural language generation systems. 1 I n t r(More)
Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) was considered to be a fatal disease. However, it has recently been suggested that very early DIC protects the host against microthrombosis and infection localization. Therefore, early treatment of DIC may be contraindicated in patients with sepsis. These factors suggest that the diagnosis and treatment of DIC(More)
Patients with thrombotic microangiopathies (TMAs), which include thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), and Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli hemolytic uremic syndrome (STEC-HUS), exhibit multiple symptoms. These include thrombocytopenia (platelet count <15×104/µl), microangiopathic hemolytic anemia(More)
The synthesis and electrochemical properties of the DHDA-TTP donor, a hybrid of 2,5-bis(1,3-dithiolan-2-ylidene)-1,3,4,6-tetrathiapentalene (BDH-TTP) and 2,5-bis(1,3-dithian-2-ylidene)-1,3,4,6-tetrathiapentalene (BDA-TTP), has been investigated, and its ability to form metallic cation-radical salts is elucidated.
The groESL operon of the halophilic lactic acid bacterium Tetragenococcus halophila was cloned by a PCR-based method. The molecular masses of GroES and GroEL proteins were calculated to be 10,153 and 56,893 Da, respectively. The amount of groESL mRNA was increased 3.8-fold by heat shock (45 degrees C), and 4-fold by high NaCl (3-4 M). The Bacillus subtilis(More)
Heat-capacity changes (deltaC(p)0) were determined for the complexation of 1-alkanecarboxylates with protonated hexakis(6-amino-6-deoxy)-alpha-cyclodextrin (per-NH3(+)-alpha-CD) and heptakis(6-amino-6-deoxy)-beta-cyclodextrin (per-NH3(+)-beta-CD). DeltaC(p)0 decreased with an increase in the binding constant (K) and plateaued at K = 4000 M(-1). The(More)
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