Masami Sekine

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The protein kinase cdc2 is conserved throughout eukaryotes and acts as a key regulator of the cell cycle. In plants, A-type cyclin-dependent kinase (CDKA), a homologue of cdc2, has a role throughout the cell cycle. Here we show that a loss-of-function mutation in CDKA;1, encoding the only Arabidopsis CDKA, results in lethality of the male gametophyte.(More)
The transcription factor E2F regulates the expression of genes involved in the progression of G1/S transition and DNA replication in mammalian cells. We cloned and characterized a cDNA (NtE2F) corresponding to a E2F homolog of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum). The transcription of NtE2F was induced as cells progressed from G1 to the S phase and expressed much(More)
In mammals, D-type cyclin-associated kinases mainly regulate the G1/S transition by phosphorylating the retinoblastoma (Rb) protein. We previously demonstrated that in tobacco, cyclin D (Nicta; CycD3;3) is complexed with the PSTAIRE-containing cyclin-dependent kinase (CDKA) from tobacco. Here, we show that Nicta; CycD3;3-associated kinases phosphorylate(More)
We attempted to distinguish walking on level ground from walking on a stairway using waist acceleration signals. A triaxial accelerometer was fixed to the subject's waist and the three acceleration signals were recorded by a portable data logger at a sampling rate of 256 Hz. Twenty healthy male subjects were asked to walk through a corridor and up and down(More)
Peroxidases have been implicated in the responses of plants to physiological stress and to pathogens. Wound-induced peroxidase of horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) was studied. Total peroxidase activity was increased by wounding in cell wall fractions extracted from roots, stems and leaves of horseradish. On the other hand, wounding decreased the peroxidase(More)
In this study we have attempted to classify the acceleration signal, while walking both at horizontal level, and upstairs and downstairs, using wavelet analysis. The acceleration signal close to the body's center of gravity was measured while the subjects walked in a corridor and up and down a stairway. The data for four steps were analyzed and the(More)
Evidence is emerging that the E2F family of transcription factors plays an important role in the regulation of gene expression at the G1/S transition in plants. Here, we show that in the tobacco proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), whose transcript is specifically expressed at G1/S phase, the two E2F binding sites are synergistically responsible for(More)
The high variability of transgene expression is frequently observed in independent transgenic lines. Variability of transgene expression has been attributed to several factors, including differences in chromosome position, repeat sequences and copy number. The eukaryotic genome, with a heterogeneous chromatin structure, is not homogeneous for(More)
Although A-type cyclin-dependent kinase A (CDKA) is required for plant cell division, our understanding of how CDKA is activated before the onset of commitment to cell division is limited. Here we show that phosphorylation of threonine 161 (T161) in plant CDKA is required for activation of its associated kinase. Western blot analysis revealed that(More)