Nobuhiko Katunuma

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Specific inhibitors for individual cathepsins have been developed based on their tertiary structures of X-ray crystallography. Cathepsin B-specific inhibitors, CA-074 and CA-030, and cathepsin L specific inhibitors, CLIK-148 and CLIK-195, were designed as the epoxysuccinate derivatives. Cathepsin S inhibitor, CLIK-060, and cathepsin K inhibitor, CLIK-166,(More)
During a comparison of the infectivity of mNDK, a CD4-independent human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) strain, to various cell lines, we found that HeLa cells were much less susceptible than 293T and TE671 cells. Hybridoma cells between HeLa and 293T cells were as susceptible as 293T cells, suggesting that cellular factors enhance the mNDK infection(More)
Cathepsins are an essential protease family in all living cells. The cathepsins play an essential roles such as protein catabolism and protein synthesis. To targeting to various organella and to regulate their activity, the post translational-processing and modification play an important role Cathepsins are translated in polysome as the pre-pro-mature(More)
The amounts of non-collagen proteins (muscle structural proteins) and the activity of creatine kinase were significantly decreased in muscles of 28-day-old mdx mice. The activities of lysosomal thiol proteases such as cathepsins B and L were increased in muscles of mdx mice at as early as 10 days of age. Endogenous thiol proteinase inhibitor and various(More)
BACKGROUND Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease resulting from defects in central and peripheral tolerance and characterized by T cell-mediated destruction of islet β cells. To determine whether specific lysosomal proteases might influence the outcome of a T cell-mediated autoimmune response, we examined the functional significance of cathepsin(More)
Amyloid precursor protein (APP) 695 is remarkably expressed in the brain as compared with APP751 and APP770 which are dominant in other tissues. This study showed that human and bovine adrenal medullae dominantly expressed mRNA of APP695 as do brain nerve cells, while the adrenal cortexes expressed mRNAs of APP751 and APP770 as in other non-neural tissues.(More)
Cathepsin L [EC 3.4.22.15] is secreted via lysosomal exocytosis by several types of cancer cells, including prostate and breast cancer cells. We previously reported that human cultured fibrosarcoma (HT 1080) cells secrete cathepsin L into the medium; this secreted cathepsin is 10-times more active than intracellular cathepsin. This increased activity was(More)
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