Mariko Shida

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After a brief review of epithelial cell junctions, the authors describe a series of observations and experiments directed toward elucidating the molecular organization and functions of the proteins of desmosomes (maculae adherentes). Their immunofluorescence observations reveal differences between the proteins of junctional complex and other desmosomes of(More)
We have isolated the gene encoding mouse placental lactogen-I and characterized the promoter region of this gene by transient and stable transfection. Promoter sequences extending 274 basepairs (bp) up-stream from the start site of transcription contain all of the elements necessary for maximal expression upon transient transfection into the rat(More)
The properties of a new class of phospholipids, alkyl phosphocholine triesters, are described. These compounds were prepared from phosphatidylcholines through substitution of the phosphate oxygen by reaction with alkyl trifluoromethylsulfonates. Their unusual behavior is ascribed to their net positive charge and absence of intermolecular hydrogen bonding.(More)
The gene for mouse placental lactogen II (mPL-II) has been isolated and characterized. This gene contains five exons, with a transcription start site 59 nucleotides upstream of the translation initiation ATG. Introduction of a DNA construct containing 2.7 kilobases of sequence upstream of the mPL-II transcription initiation site directed the synthesis of a(More)
Correlated ultrastructural and biochemical methods were used to identify and localize Concanavalin A (Con A) receptors in the desmosomes of bovine epidermis. Specific carbohydrate residues were labeled with ferritin-Con A in thin sections of tissue embedded in a hydrophilic resin. Quantitative mapping of ferritin distribution in labeled desmosomes revealed(More)
Here we report a new method of isolating epidermal desmosomes from Xenopus laevis, and a major constituent of desmosomes designated as Xenopus desmogleins (XDsg). Isolation of desmosomes from Xenopus laevis epidermis was carried out by a two step-incubation with different concentrations of NP-40. After discontinuous sucrose gradient centrifugation at 30,000(More)
An improved postembedding method for electron microscopic localization of concanavalin A (Con A) receptors in ultrathin sections is reported. Materials are embedded in a hydrophilic resin, glycol methacrylate copolymerized with glutaraldehyde and urea, using a precisely controlled polymerization schedule that preserves ultrastructural integrity.(More)
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