Masaaki Kurihara

Learn More
VIP36 functions as a transport lectin for trafficking certain high mannose type glycoproteins in the secretory pathway. Here we report the crystal structure of VIP36 exoplasmic/luminal domain comprising a carbohydrate recognition domain and a stalk domain. The structures of VIP36 in complex with Ca(2+) and mannosyl ligands are also described. The(More)
Vitamin D receptor (VDR) is a ligand-inducible hormone receptor that mediates 1alpha,25(OH)(2)D(3) action, regulating calcium and phosphate metabolism, induces potent cell differentiation activity and has immunosuppressive effects. Analogues of 1alpha,25(OH)(2)D(3) have been used clinically for some years. However, the risk of potential side effects limits(More)
Tributyltin (TBT) is known to cause developmental defects as endocrine disruptive chemicals (EDCs). At nanomoler concentrations, TBT actions were mediated by genomic pathways via PPAR/RXR. However, non-genomic target of TBT has not been elucidated. To investigate non-genomic TBT targets, we performed comprehensive metabolomic analyses using human embryonic(More)
To investigate the role of the heme axial ligand in the conformational stability of c-type cytochrome, we constructed M58C and M58H mutants of the red alga Porphyra yezoensis cytochrome c(6) in which the sixth heme iron ligand (Met58) was replaced with Cys and His residues, respectively. The Gibbs free energy change for unfolding of the M58H mutant in water(More)
A new sildenafil analogue, cyclopentynafil (1) and a new tadalafil analogue, N-octylnortadalafil (2) were isolated from a dietary supplement illegally marketed for erectile dysfunction. The structures of the sildenafil and tadalafil analogues were elucidated by using HPLC-photodiode array (PDA), LC-MS, high-resolution MS, NMR and circular dichroism (CD).(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of neurodegenerative dementia among elderly patients. A biomarker for the disease could make diagnosis easier and more accurate, and accelerate drug discovery. In this study, NMR-based metabolomics analysis in conjunction with multivariate statistics was applied to examine changes in urinary metabolites in(More)
Manipulation of protein stability with small molecules has a great potential for both basic research and clinical therapy. Recently, we have developed a series of hybrid small molecules named SNIPER (Specific and Non-genetic IAP-dependent Protein ERaser) that induces degradation of target proteins via ubiquitin-proteasome system. Here we report the(More)
Sex pheromone production in most moths is initiated following pheromone biosynthesis activating neuropeptide receptor (PBANR) activation. PBANR was initially cloned from pheromone glands (PGs) of Helicoverpa zea and Bombyx mori. The B. mori PBANR is characterized by a relatively long C-terminus that is essential for ligand-induced internalization, whereas(More)
AIMS Medical therapy is the cornerstone of schizophrenia, but >50% of patients do not adhere to medication regimens. In previous reports, the reasons for non-adherence were assessed only by medical staff. We think that patients have specific reasons for non-adherence. We researched whether there was an association between patients' subjective opinions and(More)