Masayumi Saeki

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Bile acid-CoA:amino acid N-acyltransferase (BACAT) catalyzes the conjugation of bile acids to glycine and taurine for excretion into bile. By use of site-directed mutagenesis and sequence comparisons, we have identified Cys-235, Asp-328, and His-362 as constituting a catalytic triad in human BACAT (hBACAT) and identifying BACAT as a member of the type I(More)
N-ethyl-2-(1-ethyl-2-hydroxy-2-nitrosohydrazino)-ethanamine (NOC12), a nitric oxide donor, 3-morpholinosydnonimine (SIN-1), a generator of peroxynitrite (ONOO-), and peroxynitrite induced cell death accompanied by DNA fragmentation in human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cell cultures. Morphine prevented the cell death induced by SIN-1 or peroxynitrite, but not that(More)
The effects of nifedipine on the death and proliferation of gingival fibroblasts were investigated to elucidate the mechanism of gingival overgrowth that is associated with chronic administration of Ca2+ channel blockers. The number of adhered viable and dead fibroblasts obtained from healthy human gingiva increased after confluence, whereas cell death was(More)
Transport of L-proline, L-leucine and L-cysteine was studied in brush border membrane vesicles prepared from guinea pig ileum. Concentrative transport of L-proline, L-leucine and L-cysteine was obtained in the presence of an Na+ gradient from, outside to inside of the vesicles, which indicated contribution of either system A (alanine-preferring) or system(More)
The effect of morphine on amylase secretion was studied in isolated rat parotid acinar cells. It was found that aluminum fluoride (AlCl3/NaF) and dibutyryl-cyclic AMP but not by cyclic AMP, enhanced amylase secretion. Cyclic AMP was effective in enhancing secretion following permeabilization of cells with alpha-toxin. Following treatment of cells with(More)
We found that the exposure of human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells to the peroxynitrite donor 3-morpholinosydnonimine (SIN-1) induced tyrosine nitration of a 130-kDa protein, and prevented tyrosine phosphorylation of the 130-kDa protein. The focal adhesion protein p130cas was identified as a component of the 130-kDa protein using specific antibody. These(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Cholesterolosis is characterized by accumulation of esterified cholesterol in human gallbladder mucosa. The present study aimed at investigating possible pathogenetic factors for cholesterolosis. The hypothesis was tested that a reduced sterol 27-hydroxylase or an increased amount of ACAT-1 enzyme may be of importance. METHODS Gall bladder(More)
We have investigated the activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAP kinase) in relation to cell death induced by peroxynitrite in human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells. Exposure of the cells to peroxynitrite caused transient increase in MAP kinase activity, and resulted in cell death. PD98059, a selective inhibitor of MAP kinase kinase, reduced(More)
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