Masahiko Yoneda

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The evolution of vertebrates has included a number of important events: the development of cartilage, the immune system, and complicated craniofacial structures. Here, we examine domain shuffling as one of the mechanisms that contributes novel genetic material required for vertebrate evolution. We mapped domain-shuffling events during the evolution of(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the chemical toxicity of indocyanine green (ICG). METHODS Surface active and precipitating effects of ICG were quantitatively analyzed by determining bovine serum albumin dissolved or precipitated in the presence or absence of salt solutions. The effects of precipitation on serum and cytotoxicity were evaluated by measuring the(More)
PURPOSE In this study, biochemistry, molecular biology, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy techniques were used to examine whether versican, which is known to bind fibrillin-1, interacts with fibrillin-1 in the ciliary body and vitreous, and whether the versican in this complex binds to hyaluronan. METHODS The new polyclonal antibodies against(More)
MY-174 is an IgM class monoclonal antibody originally established against chick PG-M/versican. The antibody specifically stains the photoreceptor layer, where we recently reported an absence of PG-M/versican. In this study, we re-characterized the antibody and identified the molecule that reacts to MY-174 at the photoreceptor layer. Immunohistochemistry(More)
Previous reports have described a decrease in retinal temperature and clinical improvement of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) after vitrectomy. We hypothesized that the retinal temperature decrease after vitrectomy plays a part in the suppression of wet AMD development. To test this hypothesis, we evaluated the temperature dependence of the(More)
In the developing chick retina, heat shock protein 108 (HSP108), which exhibits transferrin binding activity, has been demonstrated at the mRNA level, while transferrin shows two expression peaks. Here, we investigated the expression profile of HSP108 in the developing chick retina at the protein level. The localization of HSP108 in embryonic days 15 (E15),(More)
We have already shown the regulated expressions of hyaluronan binding molecules including versican, SPACR, and SPACRCAN, during retinal development. Here we analyzed the profiles of hyaluronan during these periods. Hyaluronan and hyaluronan synthase (HAS) expressions in chicken retinas at different ages were assessed by slot blot and real-time PCR,(More)
Gastric cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide. Systemic chemotherapy is the main treatment option for advanced gastric cancer when the tumor is inoperable. Despite recent advances in chemotherapeutic agents, the prognosis of unresectable or recurrent gastric cancer remains extremely poor. In Japan, combination therapy(More)
In the chicken, two creatine kinase-type B (B-CK) isoproteins, Ba- and Bb-CK, both of which are derived from a single copy gene by alternative splicing, dimerize in neural tissues. The two isoproteins contain distinct N-terminal portions, but their functional difference remains unknown. We investigated the binding affinities of Ba- and Bb-CK to heparin,(More)
The chicken sialoprotein associated with cones and rods (SPACR) binds to hyaluronan (HA) in the interphotoreceptor matrix space, but the motif for HA binding is still unknown. This study was conducted to determine the critical site required for specific binding to HA. Western blotting study showed that SPACR binds biotinylated HA, and this interaction was(More)