Motoko Omura

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We isolated a cDNA clone encoding limonoid UDP-glucosyltransferase (limonoid GTase) from the albedo of Satsuma mandarin (Citrus unshiu Marc.) and investigated the contribution to limonoid glucoside accumulation in fruit. The isolated cDNA clone (CitLGT) was 1732 bp in length encoding 511 deduced amino acids with a predicted molecular mass of 57.5 kDa. The(More)
PURPOSE To assess the relationship between large intracranial vessel occlusive vasculopathy (vasculopathy) and radiation therapy, and to clarify the clinical efficacy of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in the diagnosis and screening of the vasculopathy. METHODS AND MATERIALS We retrospectively evaluated the medical records and serial MR images for 32(More)
We carried out a random sequencing of cDNA library derived from mature citrus fruit (Citrus unshiu Marc.) for identifying the gene repertoires expressed at the mature stage. Among 297 clones analyzed, 195 cDNA clones (65.7%) were putatively identified to previously characterized genes with optimized (OPT) scores of >/=200 through a homology search to DNA(More)
HLA-F has recently only begun to be studied in earnest, and has been thought not to be expressed on the cell surface. However, in our previous report, we demonstrated surface expression of HLA-F on extravillous trophoblasts (EVTs) invading the decidua in term placental tissues. To better understand its function, we attempted to determine when surface(More)
To elucidate the relationship between the expression of chalcone synthase (CHS) genes and the production of flavonoid in citrus cell cultures, two cDNA clones encoding CHS were isolated (CitCHS1 and CitCHS2) from the citrus. The accumulation of CitCHS2 mRNA was notably induced by embryogenesis but CitCHS1 mRNA was not. There was no detectable accumulation(More)
PURPOSE To identify haplotypes of single nucleotide polymorphism markers associated with the risk of early adverse skin reactions (EASRs) after radiotherapy in breast cancer patients. METHODS AND MATERIALS DNA was sampled from 399 Japanese breast cancer patients who qualified for breast-conserving radiotherapy. Using the National Cancer Institute-Common(More)
CMA/DAPI double staining and FISH methods using rDNA and telomere specific repeated sequences as probes were applied to characterize the large amount of heterochromatin in the telomeric regions of 'Trovita' orange (Citrus sinensis Osbeck) chromosomes. As a result, all the heterochromatic regions were CMA+/DAPI-, and thus were GC rich. Three CMA+/DAPI-(More)
A study of the chemical constituents of the leaves of Clausena excavata cultivated in a greenhouse led to the isolation and identification of 10 new furanone-coumarins named clauslactones A (1), B (2), C (3), D (4), E (5), F (6), G (7), H (8), I (9), and J (10), together with a known carbazole, clauszoline M, and a coumarin, umbelliferone. The new coumarins(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE CPT-11 (7-ethyl-10-[4-(1-piperidino)-1-piperidino] carbonyloxycamptothecin) is anew semisynthesized derivative of camptothecin. SN-38 (7-ethyl-10-hydroxycamptothecin), a metabolite of CPT-11, plays a key role in the action of CPT-11. MATERIALS AND METHODS To determine whether SN-38 potentiates the cytotoxic effect of radiation, we(More)
A cDNA clone encoding phytoene desaturase (PDS) was isolated from citrus (Citrus unshiu Marc.). The transcript of the isolated PDS (CitPDS1) was not detected by conventional RNA gel-blot analysis; instead, it was detected by a sensitive reverse transcription-PCR (RT-PCR). The CitPDS1 transcript in the juice sacs/segment epidermis (edible part) was at a low(More)