Masato Fujiwara

Learn More
A csmA gene that encodes chitin synthase with a myosin motor-like domain was isolated from the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans. Initially, we obtained the csmA as a homolog of the Aspergillus fumigatus chsE-partial fragment. A large open reading frame encoding a polypeptide of 1,852 a.a. was identified by determining the cDNA sequences. The chitin(More)
We have found that the Aspergillus nidulans csmA gene encodes a novel protein which consists of an N-terminal myosin motor-like domain and a C-terminal chitin synthase domain (M. Fujiwara, H. Horiuchi, A. Ohta, and M. Takagi, Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 236:75-78, 1997). To clarify the roles of csmA in fungal morphogenesis, we constructed csmA null(More)
Although many chitin synthase genes have been identified in a broad range of fungal species, there have been only a few reports about their role in fungal morphogenesis. In most cases, single gene disruption or replacement did not reveal their function, possibly because of functional redundancy among them. We obtained null mutants of Aspergillus nidulans(More)
The purpose was to examine the effect of brief intrusive forces on human pulpal blood flow (PBF). Laser Doppler flowmetric measurements were made from 17 vital upper left central incisors of 17 participants who had clinically healthy tooth crowns and periodontal tissues. Brief intrusive forces (0.5,1,5 N; duration 20 s) were applied to the incisal edges of(More)
A giant cell tumor in the cervical spine of a 67-year-old man complaining of pain in the neck and occipital area is reported. Cervical x-ray films revealed a round destructive lesion in the vertebral body of the fourth cervical vertebra. On the plain cervical computed tomography scan, the most impressive finding was a soap-bubble appearance, which showed a(More)
A rare case of megadolichobasilar anomaly associated with localized brain stem infarction showing right hemiparesis and disturbance of consciousness is described. The etiologic mechanisms of brain stem infarction in this anomaly are discussed. The tortuosity and dilatation of the basilar artery were thought to play an important role in the pathogenesis of(More)
We propose real-time time-division color electroholography using a single graphics processing unit (GPU) and a simple synchronization system of reference light. To facilitate real-time time-division color electroholography, we developed a light emitting diode (LED) controller with a universal serial bus (USB) module and the drive circuit for reference(More)
We previously isolated three chitin synthase genes (chsA, chsB, and chsC) from Aspergillus nidulans. In the present work, we describe the isolation and characterization of another chitin synthase gene, named chsD, from A. nidulans. Its deduced amino acid sequence shows 56.7% and 55.9% amino acid identity, respectively, with Cal1 of Saccharomyces cerevisiae(More)
A 68-year-old male presented with neurological deterioration after a lucid interval following head trauma. Computed tomographic (CT) scans on admission demonstrated a subdural hematoma in the right frontotemporal region accompanied by subarachnoid hemorrhage in the right Sylvian and interhemispheric fissures. The subdural hematoma was removed via a right(More)
Loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) have been laying eggs in an indoor artificial beach since 1995, at the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium (PNPA). Four individuals landed and laid eggs several times during the breeding period in 1996. Blood samples from these individuals were collected monthly throughout that year in order to investigate the changes in sex(More)