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  • M Kato
  • 1999
Satellite DNA sequences are known to be important components required for the construction of centromeres and are common to all higher eukaryotes. Nevertheless, their nucleotide sequences vary significantly, even in evolutionarily related species. In order to elucidate how the nucleotide sequences define the conformational character of centromeric satellite(More)
Vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) tone is regulated by the state of myosin light chain (MLC) phosphorylation, which is in turn regulated by the balance between MLC kinase and MLC phosphatase (MLCP) activities. RhoA activates Rho kinase, which phosphorylates the regulatory subunit of MLC phosphatase, thereby inhibiting MLC phosphatase activity and(More)
Partial nucleotide sequences of the large subunit of ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase (rubisco) gene (1333 base pairs: about 90% of the gene) from several seed plants were determined. Phylogenetic trees based on amino acid sequences were inferred by using the neighbor joining and maximum likelihood methods. The results indicate (1) monophyly of gnetum(More)
Fibrosis is the final common pathway for various tissue lesions that lead to chronic progressive organ failure, and consequently effective antifibrotic drugs are strongly desired. However, there are few animal models in which it is possible to evaluate fibrosis sensitively in a short period of time. We therefore generated two transgenic rats harboring a(More)
Alcohol dehydrogenase (Adh) is the key enzyme in alcohol fermentation. We analyzed Adh expression in order to clarify the role of Adh of soybeans (Glycine max) to flooding stress. Proteome analysis confirmed that expression of Adh is significantly upregulated in 4-day-old soybean seedlings subjected to 2 days of flooding. Southern hybridization analysis and(More)
Several reports have documented infiltration of many monocytes in renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Since few studies have examined the relationship between monocyte infiltration and clinical prognosis in RCC, we clinically investigated this relationship by semi-quantitative analysis of monocyte infiltration and tumor angiogenesis. The following six parameters(More)
To evaluate the efficacy of angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) for use in the treatment of diabetic nephropathy, we examined the effects of olmesartan medoxomil (olmesartan), an angiotensin II type 1 (AT1) specific ARB, on the progression of nephropathy in Zucker diabetic fatty (ZDF) rats, an animal model of type 2 diabetes. We used 2 doses of(More)
We describe the case of a patient with terminal adenocarcinoma of the lung with no response to lymphokine-activated killer (LAK) cell therapy alone who distinctly responded clinically to a combination of high-dose glucocorticoids (GC) and LAK cell therapy, administered by chance. However, after decreasing the dose of GC because of gastrointestinal bleeding(More)
The purpose of this study was to examine whether coadministration of olmesartan medoxomil (OLM), an AT1 subtype specific angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB), and pravastatin (PRV), a 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitor, could enhance the antiatherogenic effect compared with monotherapy. Vehicle, PRV (25 mg/kg), OLM (0.5(More)
The sequence similarity among chromosome-specific alpha-satellite DNA was quantitatively evaluated by a novel procedure: nucleotide frequency calculation. Tandem-arrayed repetitive DNA segments were aligned with unit length repeat, and the nucleotide frequency at each position was used to estimate the phylogenetic distance between repetitive DNA segments.(More)