Masami Wada

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Multidrug resistance phenotypes in human tumours are associated with the overexpression of the 170 kDa P-glycoprotein encoded by the multidrug resistance 1 (MDR1) gene, and also with that of the non-P-glycoprotein-mediated multidrug resistance gene, MRP, which encodes a 190 kDa membrane ATP-binding protein. We have previously reported that overexpression of(More)
When growth hormone binds to its receptor, which belongs to the cytokine receptor superfamily, it activates the Janus kinase Jak2 which has tyrosine-kinase activity and initiates an activation of several key intracellular proteins (for example, mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinases) that eventually execute the biological actions induced by growth hormone,(More)
Elongation factor-1 alpha (EF-1 alpha), an essential component of the eukaryotic translational apparatus, is a GTP-binding protein that catalyses the binding of aminoacyl-transfer RNAs to the ribosome. Expression of the EF-1 alpha gene decreases towards the end of the lifespans of mouse and human fibroblasts, but forced expression of EF-1 alpha prolongs the(More)
For the zonula adherens (ZA) to be established by linear arrangement of adherens junctions (AJs) in epithelial sheet cells, critical for the epithelial cell sheet formation and intercellular barrier function, myosin-2 is supposedly integrated into the ZA with the result of overlapping localization of E-cadherin/actin/myosin-2. Here, we immunofluorescently(More)
The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using oligonucleotides based on the repetitive sequence (IS986) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis as a primer and the Gen-Probe Amplified Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Direct Test (MTD), which combines an M. tuberculosis rRNA amplification method with the hybridization protection assay format, were evaluated for detection of M.(More)
We have constructed a cell line of 3T3-L1 which can efficiently express human GHR (3T3-L1-hGHR) after differentiation to adipocytes. The expressed hGHR was detected as two bands with approximate molecular sizes of 120K by Western analysis using hGHR specific monoclonal antibody. Maximum lipolytic activity induced by hGH in the 3T3-L1-hGHR was enhanced(More)
Apolipoprotein B (ApoB) and ApoE have been shown to participate in the particle formation and the tissue tropism of hepatitis C virus (HCV), but their precise roles remain uncertain. Here we show that amphipathic α-helices in the apolipoproteins participate in the HCV particle formation by using zinc finger nucleases-mediated apolipoprotein B (ApoB) and/or(More)
In spite of recent advance in understanding of the stoichiometry of 22-kDa human GH (22K-hGH) with cell surface hGH receptor (hGHR) and hGH-binding protein (hGH-BP) circulating in human plasma, that of 20-kDa hGH (20K-hGH) is poorly understood. To clarify this, mouse pro-B Ba/F3 cells stably expressing the full-length hGHR (Ba/F3-hGHR) and both recombinant(More)
The agonistic effect of the recombinant 20 kilodalton human GH (20K-hGH) with authentic primary structure was studied using Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells stably transfected with hGH receptor (hGHR) cDNA and was compared with that of 22K-hGH. The binding affinities (dissociation constants) of 20K- and 22K-hGH were identical (0.41 +/- 0.11 nM and 0.41 +/-(More)
Scavenger receptor class B type 1 (SR-B1) and low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) are known to be involved in entry of hepatitis C virus (HCV), but their precise roles and their interplay are not fully understood. In this study, deficiency of both SR-B1 and LDLR in Huh7 cells was shown to impair the entry of HCV more strongly than deficiency of either(More)