Masafumi Takiguchi

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Excessive nitric oxide (NO) production in cytokine-activated beta cells has been implicated in beta cell disruption in type 1 diabetes. beta cells are very vulnerable to NO-induced apoptosis. However, the mechanism underlying this phenomenon is unclear. Low concentrations of NO that lead to apoptosis apparently do not cause severe DNA damage in mouse MIN6(More)
Arginase exists in two isoforms. Liver-type arginase (arginase I) is expressed almost exclusively in the liver and catalyzes the last step of urea synthesis, whereas the nonhepatic type (arginase II) is expressed in extrahepatic tissues. Arginase II has been proposed to play a role in down-regulation of nitric oxide synthesis. A cDNA for human arginase II(More)
The protective association between the human leukocyte antigen HLA-B53 and severe malaria was investigated by sequencing of peptides eluted from this molecule followed by screening of candidate epitopes from pre-erythrocytic-stage antigens of Plasmodium falciparum in biochemical and cellular assays. Among malaria-immune Africans, HLA-B53-restricted(More)
The prerequisites of peptide HLA-B*3501 interactions have been revisited by quantitative peptide binding assays with 190 chemically synthesized peptide possessing two anchor residues corresponding to the HLA-B*3501 peptide motif and a statistical residue-position analysis of binding and nonbinding peptides. According to the peptide motif of HLA-B*3501,(More)
Two HLA-B*3501 binding self-peptides, LPFDFTPGY (37F) and LPGPKFLQY (28H), were isolated from HLA-B*3501 molecules expressed by cultured human B lymphoid cells. Both sequences were consistent with previously reported motifs of HLA-B*3501 binding peptides which carry proline at position 2 and tyrosine at position 9 as anchor residues. Direct binding of these(More)
The rapid and extensive spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic provides a rare opportunity to witness host-pathogen co-evolution involving humans. A focal point is the interaction between genes encoding human leukocyte antigen (HLA) and those encoding HIV proteins. HLA molecules present fragments (epitopes) of HIV proteins on the surface(More)
Here we report peptide motifs of five HLA-B molecules, B*5101, B*5102, B*5103 B*5201 and B*7801. Motifs were obtained by pool sequencing of natural ligands eluted from the respective molecules expressed in C1R cells upon transfection. A number of individual ligands that could be sequenced confirmed the motifs. All five HLA-B molecules belong to the HLA-B5,(More)
Nitric oxide is synthesized by nitric-oxide synthase from arginine, a common substrate of arginase. Rat peritoneal macrophages were cultured in the presence of bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS), and expression of the inducible isoform of nitric-oxide synthase (iNOS) and liver-type arginase (arginase I) was analyzed. mRNAs for iNOS and arginase I were(More)
CBP functions as a key transcriptional coactivator for a variety of transcription factors. We show here that the hepatocyte nuclear factor 4 (HNF4), a transcription factor in the nuclear receptor superfamily with no defined ligand, is cloned by yeast two-hybrid system using CBP as a bait. GST-pull down assay with nuclear extracts or in vitro translation(More)
The enhancer of the rat ornithine transcarbamylase gene is located 11 kilobases upstream from the transcription start site and has been shown to be hepatoma cell-specific. Using transgenic mice, we showed that this enhancer is capable of activating transcription in a liver-specific manner, inverting the tissue specificity of the homologous promoter that is(More)