Masanobu Naruto

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Acute-phase response factor (APRF) is a transcription factor that binds to the interleukin-6 (IL-6)-responsive elements identified in the promoters of various acute-phase protein genes. We report here the purification and cloning of APRF. APRF exhibits a 52.5% overall homology at the amino acid level with p91, a component of the interferon (IFN)-stimulated(More)
To identify the primary structure of CD59 antigen and to elucidate its function, a full-length cDNA clone of CD59 was isolated. The cDNA sequence contained an open reading frame that encodes an 128-amino-acid peptide. The amino-terminal 25 amino acids represented a typical signal peptide sequence and the carboxy-terminal hydrophobic amino acids were(More)
Of the several DNA fragments present in the human lung cancer gene, 1.1 and 2.0 kilobase (kb) fragments corresponding to the intron of this gene were hybridized to a half part of the 27 nucleotides perfect palindrome present in the initiation part of replication in simian virus 40 (SV40) DNA. These two fragments cloned in pBR322 had good template activity,(More)
IL-8 is produced by various cells, and the NH(2)-terminal amino acid sequence of IL-8 displays heterogeneity among cell types. The mature form of IL-8 has 72 amino acids (72IL-8), while a precursor form (77IL-8) of IL-8 has five additional amino acids to the 72IL-8 NH(2)-terminal. However, it has been unclear how IL-8 is processed to yield the mature form.(More)
In order to evaluate the structural identification of various recombinant human interferon-beta 1s, the recombinant proteins were produced in four different mammalian cells (human PC12 and PC8 lung adenocarcinoma cells, Chinese hamster ovary cells and mouse C127 cells) and characterized. Each mammalian-cell-derived recombinant human interferon-beta 1(More)
A multiple growth factor-producing tumor cell line (NIM-1) was newly established from a patient with thyroid cancer and remarkable neutrophilia. NIM-1 cells also caused severe neutrophilia in nude mice bearing tumors. NIM-1-conditioned medium (NIM-1CM) contained activities that supported not only granulocyte, macrophage and eosinophil colony formation of(More)
We have cloned a full length cDNA for human leukocyte elastase (HLE, EC 3.4.21.37)/medullasin from the cDNA library of human leukemic cell line, ML3. Recombinant plasmid for the expression of HLE cDNA in eukaryotic cells was constructed in which HLE cDNA was fused in a frame to a leader sequence of human interleukin-2 (IL-2). COS-1 cells, transfected with(More)