Masami Harada

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Sesamin, a major lignan in sesame oil, is known to have many biological activities, especially protective effects against oxidative damage in the liver. As sesamin itself has no antioxidative properties in vitro, to elucidate the mechanism of its antioxidative effects, the reaction products of sesamin in rat liver homogenate were analyzed. The(More)
We purified a novel α-glucosidase to homogeneity from an Escherichia coli recombinant transformed with the α-glucosidase gene from thermophilic Bacillus sp. SAM1606. The enzyme existed as mono- and multimeric forms of a promoter protein with a relative molecular weight of 64,000 and isoelectric point of 4.6. We isolated a monomeric form of the enzyme and(More)
We purified an extracellular thermostable β-galactosidase of Saccharopolyspora rectivirgula strain V2-2, a thermophilic actinomycete, to homogeneity and characterized it to be a monomeric enzyme with a relative molecular mass of 145 000 and s°20,w of 7.1 s. In addition to the hydrolytic activity of 1-O-substituted β-d-galactopyranosides such as lactose [a(More)
We have shown that drinking red wine reduces oxidation of LDL. This reduction in oxidation has been attributed to the polyphenolic compounds in red wine, but the mechanisms of absorption and metabolism of these compounds has been unclear. We therefore investigated the absorption and metabolism of polyphenols using rats to identify their active forms in(More)
Antioxidative effects of sesamin (a mixture of sesamin and episesamin) were evaluated in the liver, kidney and inferior vena cava of living rats using a radiofrequency ESR method. TEMPOL, 4-hydroxy-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine 1-oxyl, was used as an in vivo redox probe, the half-life of which is believed to be correlated with the antioxidant status. The(More)
Three unknown colors (A1, A2 and A3) in Food red No. 102 (R102) were identified by LC-MS and NMR analysis. Red dye A1 was azo rubine (AZO), which is not designated as a coloring agent in Japan. Red dye A2 was a structural isomer of Fast Red E (FRE), which is also not designated as a coloring agent in Japan. Red dye A3 was predicted to be an overreaction(More)
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