Naoto Yoshida

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Breakdown of triple-helical interstitial collagens is essential in embryonic development, organ morphogenesis and tissue remodelling and repair. Aberrant collagenolysis may result in diseases such as arthritis, cancer, atherosclerosis, aneurysm and fibrosis. In vertebrates, it is initiated by collagenases belonging to the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)(More)
Bacterial genetic properties can be readily altered by a range of techniques, for example, when a mixture of recipient bacteria, donor genes, and nano-sized acicular material are stimulated by sliding friction on surface of the hydrogel such as agarose or gellan gum. In this particular case, a phenomenon called the Yoshida effect is responsible. Specially(More)
The ability to introduce individual molecules of plasmid DNA into cells by transformation has been of central importance to the recent rapid advancement of plasmid biology and to the development of DNA cloning methods. Molecular genetic manipulation of bacteria requires the development of plasmid-mediated transformation systems that include (1) chemical(More)
A mixture (50 microl) consisting of Escherichia coli cells, chrysotile fibers, and 200 mM NaCl was added to 2% agar plates and spread with a plastic stir stick. An apparatus was developed to generate a sliding friction force on the surface of the plate by applying a fixed vertical reaction force to the stir stick while turning the plate. This operation was(More)
At least three extracellular laminaran hydrolases which hydrolyzed laminaran (beta-1,3:1,6-glucan) from Eisenia bicyclis were secreted in wheat bran solid medium by Trichoderma viride U-1. These three enzymes, lam AI, AII, and B, were purified to electrophoretic homogeneity. Their molecular masses were estimated to be 70.1, 70.4, and 45.0 kDa for lam AI,(More)
Escherichia coli as a plasmid recipient cell was dispersed in a chrysotile colloidal solution, containing chrysotile adsorbed to plasmid DNA (chrysotile-plasmid cell mixture). Following this, the chrysotile-plasmid cell mixture was dropped onto the surface of an elastic body, such as agarose, and treated physically by sliding a polystyrene streak bar over(More)
In the present study, Escherichia coli cells exhibited antibiotic resistance after transformation with exogenous plasmid DNA adsorbed onto chrysotile particles during agar-exposure. We previously demonstrated penetration of E. coli by chrysotile particles during agar-exposure. To further investigate the mechanism by which transformation of E. coli is(More)
The growth kinetics of Thiobacillus thiooxidans on elemental sulfur in batch cultures at 30(deg)C and pH 1.5 was studied by measuring the time courses of the concentration of adsorbed cells on sulfur, the concentration of free cells suspended in liquid medium, and the amount of sulfur oxidized. As the elemental sulfur was oxidized to sulfate ions, the(More)
The main objective of this laboratory scale experiment was to study the effect of l-glutamic acid on the growth in media and removal of ammonium from ammonium solution and natural wastewater by Chlorella vulgaris NTM06. It was observed that higher levels (1.0% and 1.5%) of l-glutamic acid compared to control (0% l-glutamic acid) negatively affected growth(More)
When a colloidal solution consisting of nanosized acicular material and bacterial cells is stimulated with sliding friction at the interface between the hydrogel and interface-forming material where the frictional coefficient increases rapidly, the nanosized acicular material accompanying the bacterial cells forms a penetration intermediate. This effect is(More)