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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)
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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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)
We isolated DNA fragments containing various repetitive elements from the genome of a sea bream Acanthopagrus latus. Sequence analysis indicated that two fragments have particularly interesting features. Fragment AL87 contained a tetranucleotide repeat and a quasipalindromic sequence. Sequence comparison suggested that AL87 may be a part of a gene encoding(More)
A member of satellite repetitive DNA was isolated and sequenced from a saltwater fishSillago japonica (Percoidei). This sequence consists of several oligo-dA/dT tracts and two inverted repeats which resemble each other. Dot blot hybridization analysis using a satellite DNA clone pSJ2 among the species in the suborder Percoidei revealed that the pSJ2(More)
We have isolated and sequenced a member of tandem repetitive DNA containing BamHI site (BamHI family satellite DNA) from bluegill sunfish Lepomis macrochirus. PCR amplification with specific primers was performed to define the size of unit length repeat of the BamHI family satellite DNA, revealing that there were two distinct size of DNA fragments (0.9 kb(More)