Mikiko Sodeoka

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The structure of a large fragment of the p50 subunit of the human transcription factor NF-kappa B, bound as a homodimer to DNA, reveals that the Rel-homology region has two beta-barrel domains that grip DNA in the major groove. Both domains contact the DNA backbone. The amino-terminal specificity domain contains a recognition loop that interacts with DNA(More)
Protein modification by small ubiquitin-related modifier proteins (SUMOs) controls diverse cellular functions. Dysregulation of SUMOylation or deSUMOylation processes has been implicated in the development of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. However, no small-molecule inhibiting protein SUMOylation has been reported so far. Here, we report inhibition(More)
Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza), two extensively used clinically effective anti-influenza drugs, are viral sialidase (also known as neuraminidase) inhibitors that prevent the release of progeny virions and thereby limit the spread of infection. Recently mortalities and neuropsychiatric events have been reported with the use of oseltamivir,(More)
The voltage-dependent anion channels (VDACs), VDAC1, VDAC2, and VDAC3, are pore-forming proteins that control metabolite flux between mitochondria and cytoplasm. VDAC1 and VDAC2 have voltage-dependent gating activity, whereas VDAC3 is thought to have weak activity. The aim of this study was to analyze the channel properties of all three human VDAC isoforms(More)
Protein serine/threonine phosphatases (PP1, PP2A and PP2B) play important roles in intracellular signal transductions. The immunosuppressant drugs FK506 and cyclosporin A (CsA) bind to immunophilins, and these complexes selectively inhibit PP2B (calcineurin), leading to the suppression of T-cell proliferation. Both FK506 and CsA must, however, form(More)
Raman microscopy is a promising technology for visualizing the distribution of molecules in cells. A challenge for live-cell imaging using Raman microscopy has been long imaging times owing to the weak Raman signal. Here we present a protocol for constructing and using a Raman microscope equipped with both a slit-scanning excitation and detection system and(More)
Alkyne has a unique Raman band that does not overlap with Raman scattering from any endogenous molecule in live cells. Here, we show that alkyne-tag Raman imaging (ATRI) is a promising approach for visualizing nonimmobilized small molecules in live cells. An examination of structure-Raman shift/intensity relationships revealed that alkynes conjugated to an(More)
Raman scattering microscopy provides information about the distribution and chemical state of molecules in live cells without any labeling or modification. In recent years, the imaging speed of Raman microscopy has improved greatly owing to the development of instruments that can perform parallel acquisition of Raman spectra from multiple points. In this(More)
Despite major advances in treating patients with coronary heart disease, reperfusion injury is still considered to be a major problem, especially in surgical settings. Here, we demonstrate the protective effects of a novel bisindolylmaleimide derivative, MS1 (2-[1-(3-aminopropyl)indol-3-yl]-3-(indol-3-yl)-N-methylmaleimide), against reperfusion injury of(More)