Minoru Oshiro

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In a previous report (Luyo-Acero et al., 2004), we demonstrated that cytochrome b (Cyt b) gene analysis is an effective method for classifying several isolates of the genus Leishmania; hence, we have further applied this method to other Leishmania species in an effort to enhance the accuracy of the procedure and to construct a new phylogenic tree. In this(More)
The Cytochrome b (Cyt b) gene has proved to be useful for identification and classification of many mammals and plants. In order to evaluate the utility of this gene for discrimination of Leishmania parasites as well as for exploring their phylogenetic relationships, we determined the nucleotide sequences of the Cyt b gene from 13 human-infecting Leishmania(More)
Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) results from transformation of epidermal keratinocytes. Invasion of transformed keratinocytes through the basement membrane into the dermis results in invasive cSCC with substantial metastatic potential. To better understand the mechanisms for invasion and metastasis, we compared the protein expression profiles of a(More)
The exact species and/or strains of Leishmania parasites involved strongly influence the clinical and epidemiological features of leishmaniasis, and current knowledge of those influences and relationships is inadequate. We report that cytochrome b (cyt b) gene sequencing identified causal Leishmania parasites of 69 cutaneous leishmaniasis cases in Pakistan(More)
Rap1 and Rap2 are similar Ras-like G proteins but perform distinct functions. By the affinity chromatography/mass-spectrometry approach and the yeast two-hybrid screening, we identified Misshapen/NIKs-related kinase (MINK) as a novel Rap2-interacting protein that does not interact with Rap1 or Ras. MINK is a member of the STE20 group of mitogen-activated(More)
Human thioredoxin (hTrx), a small ubiquitous protein with strong reducing potential, has multiple biological functions, including signal transduction and regulation of the activity of transcription factors. hTrx expression is enhanced in HPV-transformed cancer cells; however, the role of hTrx in the malignant cells is not fully understood. We employed a(More)
We report a case of verruciform xanthoma (VX) associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) in a 67-year-old male. The patient had a pale-reddish, granular and verrucous tumor on the right side of his scrotum for four years. Histopathologic examination showed typical features of VX. HPV was detected by immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy, and PCR(More)
Rap2 belongs to the Ras family of small GTP-binding proteins, but its specific signaling role is unclear. By yeast two-hybrid screening, we have found that the Caenorhabditis elegans ortholog of Rap2 interacts with a protein containing a Rho-GTPase-activating protein (RhoGAP) domain, ZK669.1a, whose human ortholog PARG1 exhibits RhoGAP activity in vitro.(More)
Rap2A, Rap2B, and Rap2C are Ras-like small G proteins. The role of their post-translational processing has not been investigated due to the lack of information on their downstream signaling. We have recently identified the Traf2- and Nck-interacting kinase (TNIK), a member of the STE20 group of mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinase kinases, as a(More)
There have been no large-scale epidemiological studies of human papillomavirus (HPV) genotype distribution of common warts in Japan. A total of 213 patients with common warts (104 males and 109 females) in Japan were studied to detect HPV genotype distribution by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and direct sequencing analysis. The results were as follows: 94(More)