Masafumi Hamada

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There are now five reported examples in which the 3' ends of tRNA-derived SINEs are derived from the 3' ends of LINEs. These examples include representative sequences from turtles, fish, mammals and plants (Ohshima et al., 1996, Mol. Cell. Biol., 16, 3756 3764; Okada and Hamada, 1997, J. Mol. Evol. 44, Suppl 1:S52-S56). In this review, we discuss the(More)
Short interspersed repetitive elements (SINEs) are a type of retroposon, being members of a class of informational molecules that are amplified via cDNA intermediates and flow back into the host genome. In contrast to retroviruses and retrotransposons, SINEs do not encode the enzymes required for their amplification, such as reverse transcriptases, so they(More)
A potent tyrosine kinase inhibitor, lavendustin A [1], has been isolated from a butyl acetate extract of Streptomyces griseolavendus culture filtrate. It inhibits epidermal growth factor receptor-associated tyrosine kinase with an IC50 of 4.4 ng/ml, which is about 50 times more inhibitory than erbstatin. It does not inhibit protein kinase A or C. Its(More)
Human meniscus cells from 47 surgically excised menisci were grown in primary culture. Cell proliferation and morphologic features were evaluated in three different culture media. Human meniscus cells showed three distinguishable cell types in monolayer culture: elongated fibroblastlike cells, polygonal cells, and small round chondrocytelike cells. These(More)
PURPOSE This prospective study was conducted to compare the single-socket and the bi-socket anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction techniques in terms of outcome. TYPE OF STUDY Nonrandomized control trial. METHODS There were 160 consecutive patients with unilateral chronic ACL insufficiency who underwent endoscopic single- or bi-socket ACL(More)
The radiographic characteristics of the cervical spine among older individuals were investigated in 100 normal subjects and compared with those of younger subjects. The cervical spine of the older subjects displayed narrowing of intervertebral discs and osteophytoses (posterior osteophytes as well as anterior osteophytes) at the levels of C5-6 and C6-7,(More)
We cloned a protease gene of Aeromonas sobria and determined its nucleotide sequence. The protease is composed of 624 amino acid residues and its calculated molecular weight is 66,737.7. The amino acid sequence showed the characteristic features of a bacterial serine protease. We expressed the protease gene in Vibrio parahaemolyticus from which the(More)
A novel inhibitor of protein tyrosine phosphatase, dephostatin, was isolated from the culture broth of a strain of Streptomyces. The active principle was extracted from the broth filtrate with ethyl acetate and purified by silica gel chromatography and by HPLC. Dephostatin inhibited protein tyrosine phosphatase prepared from a human neoplastic T-cell line(More)
Sir: We have demonstrated that aminopeptidases, phosphatases and esterases are located not only in cells but also on the cellular membrane of various kinds of animal cells1-3) and that inhibitors of these enzymes modified immune responses4,5). Among these inhibitors, bestatin, amastatin and forphenicine enhanced immune responses, but esterastin which(More)