Masashi Iwanaga

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We identified a novel, 6,513-bp-long RNA, termed Bombyx mori macula-like latent virus (BmMLV) RNA, which abundantly expressed in B. mori cultured BmN cells. BmMLV RNA potentially encodes two proteins, putative RNA replicase and coat protein, which share structural features and sequence similarities with those of a plant RNA virus, the genus Maculavirus.(More)
Many kinds of cuticular proteins are found in a single insect species and their numbers and features are diversified among insects. Because there are so many cuticular proteins and so much sequence variation among them, an overview of cuticular protein gene is needed. Recently, a complete silkworm genome sequence was obtained through the integration of data(More)
Through BLAST search of the genomic database of Bombyx mori, we found a clone, BmorCPG11, which has only putative BR-C binding sites in the 2 kb upstream region. Both BmorCPG11 and BR-Z2 were expressed in the cephalic region of the epidermis, differently from BR-Z1 and BR-Z4. BR-Z2 transcripts increased by the addition of 20-hydroxyl-ecdysone (20E), which(More)
The baculoviruses Bombyx mori nucleopolyhedrovirus (BmNPV) and Autographa californica multicapsid NPV (AcMNPV) are highly homologous at the genomic level, but they have essentially nonoverlapping host ranges. In order to characterize baculovirus replication in permissive and nonpermissive cell lines, the expression profiles of baculovirus-specific genes (at(More)
Heat shock proteins (HSPs) and heat shock cognate proteins (HSCs) function as molecular chaperones under normal cellular conditions. In this report, we describe the role of Bombyx mori heat shock cognate protein 70-4 (BmHSC70-4), which is a constitutively expressed member of the heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) family, in B. mori nucleopolyhedrovirus (BmNPV)(More)
The silkworm, Bombyx mori, has been recently demonstrated to contain a bacterial-type chitinase gene (BmChi-h) in addition to a well-characterized endochitinase gene (BmChitinase). The deduced amino acid sequence of BmChi-h showed extensive structural similarities with chitinases from bacteria such as Serratia marcescens chiA and baculoviruses (v-CHIA).(More)
All lepidopteran baculovirus genomes sequenced to date encode a viral fibroblast growth factor homolog (vfgf), suggesting that vfgf may play an important role in the infection cycle of lepidopteran baculoviruses. Here, we describe the characterization of a Bombyx mori nucleopolyhedrovirus (BmNPV) mutant lacking functional vfgf. We constructed a vfgf(More)
The trimolter mutants of Bombyx mori have four instead of five larval instars of normal tetramolters. Here, we show that the tetramolter was induced in the recessive trimolter European No.7 mutant (rt-E7) by application of either the juvenile hormone analog (JHA) or 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E). However, treatments with JHA or 20E did not change the number of(More)
The cuticle protein gene BMWCP10 is transcriptionally upregulated by ecdysone during development. In the present study, using a transient reporter assay, the activity of various genomic segments at the 5'-flanking region of the BMWCP10 gene in driving gene expression and their involvement in ecdysone-mediated activation were assessed in the Bombyx wing(More)
Previously, a novel macula-like virus was identified from Bombyx mori cultured cell line BmN and termed B. mori macula-like virus (BmMLV). BmMLV encodes a 6.5-kb-long positive, single-strand RNA genome, which contains putative RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp), coat protein (cp) and p15 genes. In this study, CP expression in several B. mori-derived cell(More)