Michiaki Masuda

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The emergence of drug-resistant bacteria is a severe problem in aquaculture. The ability of drug resistance genes to transfer from a bacterial cell to another is thought to be responsible for the wide dissemination of these genes in the aquaculture environment; however, little is known about the gene transfer mechanisms in marine bacteria. In this study, we(More)
Glutathione S-transferase P1 (GSTP1) belongs to xenobiotic enzymes, and is supposed to contribute to chemoresistance. Though it was reported that GSTP1 gene is suppressed by cytosine-guanine (CpG) island methylation of its promoter, this promoter is not strongly methylated and GSTP1 protein is highly expressed in lung cancer. We intended to induce(More)
Upon retroviral infection, the genomic RNA is reverse transcribed to make proviral DNA, which is then integrated into the host chromosome. Although the viral elements required for successful integration have been extensively characterized, little is known about the host DNA structure constituting preferred targets for proviral integration. In order to(More)
There is increasing evidence that soluble glycosaminoglycans such as heparin can interfere with the infectivity of various viruses, including ecotropic murine leukemia viruses (MLVs). The ecotropic MLV, Friend MLV (F-MLV) and the neuropathogenic variants A8 MLV and PVC-211 MLV, were susceptible to heparin-mediated inhibition of infection of NIH 3T3 cells.(More)
Species of the genus Prototheca are achlorophyllous algae and ubiquitous in nature, and so far, six species have been listed in this genus: Prototheca wickerhamii, Prototheca zopfii, Prototheca blaschkeae, Prototheca cutis, Prototheca stagnora and Prototheca ulmea. A strain of the genus Prototheca, IFM 53848T, was isolated in Japan from a patient with(More)
Glutathione S-transferase P1 (GSTP1) is one of the xenobiotic-metabolizing and antioxidant enzymes, identified in the peripheral lungs. Recently, the authors reported the association between GSTP1 gene polymorphism and susceptibility to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and protective effect of GSTP1 against cigarette smoke in human lung(More)
S-phase kinase-associated protein 2 (SKP2), a member of the F-box family of ubiquitin-protein ligase complexes, controls the stability of cell cycle-related proteins including p27Kip1. The authors examined how the expression level of SKP2 affects the expression level of cell cycle-related proteins, cell cycle status, viability, and chemoresistance in A549(More)
Viral protein R (Vpr), an accessory protein of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1), induces the G2 cell cycle arrest in fission yeast for which host factors, such as Wee1 and Rad24, are required. Catalyzing the inhibitory phosphorylation of Cdc2, Wee1 is known to serve as a major regulator of G2/M transition in the eukaryotic cell cycle. It has been(More)
Glutathione S-transferase P1 (GSTP1) is one of the important xenobiotic-metabolizing enzymes. It was reported that GSTP1 was overexpressed in malignant tissues, and its expression level was associated with resistance to chemotherapeutics. We carried out transfection of GSTP1 sense and antisense vectors to examine effects of GSTP1 on cell cycle arrest and(More)
Prototheca species are achlorophyllous algae ubiquitous in nature and known to cause localized and systemic infection both in humans and animals. Although identification of the Prototheca species in clinical specimens is a challenge, there are an increasing number of cases in which molecular techniques have successfully been used for diagnosis of(More)