Nobuyuki Haga

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This is a detailed characterization of a secretory mutant incapable of releasing secretory contents despite normal exocytotic membrane fusion performance. Trichocyst non-discharge strain tnd1 of Paramecium caudatum and its wildtype (wt) both show a transient cortical [Ca2+]i increase and exocytotic membrane fusion in response to the polyamine secretagogue,(More)
We have developed a novel expression vector, pTub-tel3, for transformation in Paramecium caudatum. The vector was constructed by cloning P. caudatum alpha-tubulin 5' and 3' non-coding regions. To examine transformation with the pTub-tel3 construct, we chose the green fluorescent protein (GFP) as a selection marker. When a linearized pTub-tel3 vector(More)
The analysis of Ca2+-channel function in the single-celled eukaryote Paramecium can be extended to a biochemical based on recent observations that transfer of cytoplasm from wild-type cells into mutants lacking Ca2+-channel function ("pawn" mutants) causes the mutant cells to regain Ca2-channel activity. Using a convenient behavioral assay for Ca2+-channel(More)
Mutants in Paramecium tetraurelia, unable to generate action potentials, have been isolated as cells which show no backward swimming in response to ionic stimulation. These "pawn" mutants belong to at least three complementation groups designated pwA, pwB, and pwC. We have found that microinjection of cytoplasm from a wild-type donor into a pawn recipient(More)
The analysis of the voltage-sensitive Ca++ channel of the unicellular eucaryote, Paramecium has been extended to a biochemical level based on recent observations that the transfer of cytoplasm from wild-type cells into mutants lacking Ca++-channel function ("pawn" in P. tetraurelia and "CNR" in P. caudatum) causes mutant cells to regain Ca++-channel(More)
FBN2, FBN1, TGFBR1, and TGFBR2 were analyzed by direct sequencing in 15 probands with suspected congenital contractural arachnodactyly (CCA). A total of four novel FBN2 mutations were found in four probands (27%, 4/15), but remaining the 11 did not show any abnormality in either of the genes. This study indicated that FBN2 mutations were major abnormality(More)
Human chorionic gonadotrophin(hCG)-producing cells in the human placenta and in testicular germ cell tumors have been investigated by ultrastructural immunohistochemistry using labeled Fab'fragments of anti-hCG-alpha and anti-hCG-beta. Most reaction products were demonstrated in the rough endoplasmic reticulum (rER) and perinuclear spaces of(More)
The sexual activity of aged Paramecium that underwent about 700 fissions after conjugation was remarkably decreased. Microinjection of a soluble cytoplasmic fraction prepared from young immature cells (about 20 fissions after conjugation) restored the sexual activity of the aged cells to that of presenescent mature cells. The factor responsible for the(More)