Minoru Tanaka

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We used positional cloning to identify the circadian Clock gene in mice. Clock is a large transcription unit with 24 exons spanning approximately 100,000 bp of DNA from which transcript classes of 7.5 and approximately 10 kb arise. Clock encodes a novel member of the bHLH-PAS family of transcription factors. In the Clock mutant allele, an A-->T nucleotide(More)
The mapping of Hox clusters and many duplicated genes in zebrafish indicated an extra whole-genome duplication in ray-fined fish. However, to reconstruct the preduplication chromosomes (proto-chromosomes), the comparative genomic studies of more distantly related teleosts are essential. Medaka and zebrafish are ideal for this purpose, because their lineages(More)
Hepatic oval cells are considered to be facultative hepatic stem cells (HSCs) that differentiate into hepatocytes and cholangiocytes in severely injured liver. Hepatic oval cells have also been implicated in tumorigenesis. However, their nature and origin remain elusive. To isolate and characterize mouse oval cells, we searched for cell surface molecules(More)
Mesothelin is a glycosylphosphatidylinositol-linked cell surface molecule expressed in the mesothelial lining of the body cavities and in many tumor cells. Based on the finding that a soluble form of mesothelin specifically binds to ovarian carcinoma cell line OVCAR-3, we isolated cDNAs encoding a mesothelin-binding protein by expression cloning. The(More)
In some teleost fish, primordial germ cells (PGCs) inherit specific maternal cytoplasmic factors such as vasa and nanos 1 (nos1) mRNA. It has been shown that the 3'untranslated regions (UTRs) of vasa and nos1 have critical roles for stabilization of these RNAs in zebrafish PGCs. In this study, to determine whether this role of the nos 1 3'UTR is conserved(More)
The liver is a central organ for homeostasis with unique regenerative capacities. Mature hepatocytes possess a remarkable capacity to proliferate upon injury, challenging efforts to discern the role of adult liver stem cells in this process. In contrast, stem/progenitor cells in the developing liver have been extensively characterized, and these(More)
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common cause of blindness in the elderly. Caucasian patients are predominantly affected by the dry form of AMD, whereas Japanese patients have predominantly the wet form of AMD and/or polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV). Although genetic association in the 10q26 (ARMS2/HTRA1) region has been established in(More)
Synthetic growth hormone secretagogues stimulate growth hormone secretion by binding to a specific receptor, growth hormone secretagogue receptor (GHS-R). In this study, we investigated the cDNA and the genomic structure of chicken GHS-R. Chicken GHS-R gene is composed of two exons separated by an intron. Two GHS-R mRNA species, cGHS-R1a and(More)
Let N be a closed submanifold of a complete smooth Riemannian manifold M and Uν the total space of the unit normal bundle of N . For each v ∈ Uν, let ρ(v) denote the distance from N to the cut point of N on the geodesic γv with the velocity vector γ̇v(0) = v. The continuity of the function ρ on Uν is well known. In this paper we prove that ρ is locally(More)
Oncostatin M (OSM) is a multifunctional cytokine that belongs to the Interleukin (IL)-6 subfamily. Among the family members, OSM is most closely related to leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) and it in fact utilizes the LIF receptor in addition to its specific receptor in the human. While OSM was originally recognized by its unique activity to inhibit the(More)