Mitsunori Masuda

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The signal transduction mechanism of erythropoietin (Epo), which regulates growth and differentiation of erythroid cells, is still unclear. Recent studies showing the activation by various ligands of a group of proteins called Stat (signal transducers and activators of transcription) proteins raised the possibility that such proteins may also be involved in(More)
Bordetella dermonecrotizing toxin (DNT) stimulates the assembly of actin stress fibers and focal adhesions by deamidating Gln63 of the small GTPase Rho. To clarify the functional and structural organization of DNT, we cloned and sequenced the DNT gene and examined the functions of various DNT mutants. Our analyses of the nucleotide and amino acid sequences(More)
Cytotoxic necrotizing factor types 1 and 2 (CNF1 and -2) produced by pathogenic Escherichia coli strains have 90% conserved residues over 1,014-amino-acid sequences. Both CNFs are able to provoke a remarkable increase in F-actin structures in cultured cells and covalently modify the RhoA small GTPases. In this study, we demonstrated that CNF2 reduced RhoA(More)
To isolate an S-adenosylmethionine (SAM)-accumulating yeast strain and to develop a more efficient method of producing SAM, we screened methionine-resistant strains using the yeast deletion library of budding yeast and isolated 123 strains. The SAM content in 81 of the 123 strains was higher than that in the parental strain BY4742. We identified ADO1(More)
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