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The rice species Oryza sativa is considered to be a model plant because of its small genome size, extensive genetic map, relative ease of transformation and synteny with other cereal crops. Here we report the essentially complete sequence of chromosome 1, the longest chromosome in the rice genome. We summarize characteristics of the chromosome structure and(More)
We have constructed a cell line of 3T3-L1 which can efficiently express human GHR (3T3-L1-hGHR) after differentiation to adipocytes. The expressed hGHR was detected as two bands with approximate molecular sizes of 120K by Western analysis using hGHR specific monoclonal antibody. Maximum lipolytic activity induced by hGH in the 3T3-L1-hGHR was enhanced(More)
In spite of recent advance in understanding of the stoichiometry of 22-kDa human GH (22K-hGH) with cell surface hGH receptor (hGHR) and hGH-binding protein (hGH-BP) circulating in human plasma, that of 20-kDa hGH (20K-hGH) is poorly understood. To clarify this, mouse pro-B Ba/F3 cells stably expressing the full-length hGHR (Ba/F3-hGHR) and both recombinant(More)
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) has been reported to exist in extrahypothalamic tissues such as the placenta, gonads and mammary glands. While we have reported the presence of GnRH-mRNA in the rodent uterus, there have been no reports concerning gene expression of GnRH and its receptor (GnRH-R) in human endometrial tissue. In order to investigate the(More)
The agonistic effect of the recombinant 20 kilodalton human GH (20K-hGH) with authentic primary structure was studied using Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells stably transfected with hGH receptor (hGHR) cDNA and was compared with that of 22K-hGH. The binding affinities (dissociation constants) of 20K- and 22K-hGH were identical (0.41 +/- 0.11 nM and 0.41 +/-(More)
Although it is well recognized that continuous administration of gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa) induces pituitary desensitization, the precise molecular mechanism of this phenomenon is still unclear. To test the hypothesis that pituitary gonadotroph desensitization is mediated by a change in GnRH receptor (GnRH-R) gene expression, the GnRH-R(More)
Nociceptin/orphanin FQ (N/OFQ) is an endogenous peptide agonist for the opioid receptor homolog, N/OFQ receptor, and serves for the central control of autonomic functions. Morphological details including the cell types that may account for such N/OFQ functions, however, remain unclear. By using X-gal histochemistry for the detection of receptor-expressing(More)
To clarify the biological significance of double-stranded RNA-dependent protein kinase (PKR), an interferon (INF)-inducible substance, we investigated (1) PKR gene expression and the (2) effect of IFN-gamma on PKR gene expression in human endometrium. By Northern blot analysis, PKR mRNA was detected as a 2.5 kb band in human endometrium throughout the(More)
  • M Ikeda
  • 1988
We studied the localization of GnRH cell bodies in the rat brain by using an in situ hybridization technique. We used radiolabeled single stranded oligoRNA probe (62-mer) complementary to the part of rat GnRH mRNA which included the coding sequence for the decapeptide. Only a single hybridizing band was observed on Northern blotting of mRNA extracts of the(More)
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