Manami Hyakutake

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Growth factors have been shown previously to participate in the process of axon target recognition. We showed that fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) signaling is required for Xenopus laevis retinal ganglion cell (RGC) axons to recognize their major midbrain target, the optic tectum [neuron 17 (1996), 245]. Therefore, we have hypothesized that a(More)
This review highlights the recent investigations of class IV polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) synthases, the newest classification of PHA synthases. Class IV synthases are prevalent in organisms of the Bacillus genus and are composed of a catalytic subunit PhaC (approximately 40 kDa), which has a PhaC box sequence ([GS]-X-C-X-[GA]-G) at the active site, and a(More)
Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) synthase from Bacillus cereus YB-4 (PhaRCYB4) catalyzes not only PHA polymerization but also alcoholytic cleavage of PHA chains. The alcoholysis activity of PhaRCYB4 is expressed when a hydroxyacyl-CoA monomer is absent but an alcohol compound is present. In this study, we performed alanine mutagenesis of the putative catalytic(More)
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