Osamu Numata

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We present the case of a 6-year-old girl with recurrent bacterial meningitis and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) rhinorrhea associated with a petrous apex cephalocele (PAC). We diagnosed her by means of three-dimensional computed tomography (CT) and heavily T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Petrous apex cephaloceles are usually an asymptomatic(More)
We report a 6-month-old Japanese infant with a malignant form of Brugada syndrome, who had frequent episodes of ventricular fibrillation (VF) and nonsustained polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (VT). To the best of our knowledge, this infant is the youngest patient reported to have Brugada syndrome. Continuous infusion of a beta-adrenergic agonist and(More)
Calmodulin (CaM) is known to be a ciliary component. However, the function of CaM in cilia or flagella has not been well understood. Immunoelectron microscopy using anti-CaM antibody showed that CaM was localized on the axonemal microtubules (MTs) and matrix of Tetrahymena cilia. To investigate the signal transduction of Ca(2+)/CaM in cilia, we performed(More)
Translation elongation factor 1 alpha (EF-1 alpha) catalyzes the GTP-dependent binding of amino-acyl-tRNA to the ribosome. Previously, Tetrahymena 14-nm filament-associated protein was identified as EF-1 alpha [Kurasawa et al. (1992) Exp. Cell Res. 203, 251-258]. This and several other studies suggest that EF-1 alpha functions not only in translation but(More)
Intermediate filament protein [relative molecular mass (Mr) 49,000 (49K)] from the ciliated protozoan Tetrahymena has been shown to resemble intermediate filament proteins from mammalian cells in several respects, and to have a possible role in the oral morphogenesis preceding binary fission in Tetrahymena. Here, based on immunofluorescence localization of(More)
We developed a modified immunofluorescence protocol that permitted visualization of microtubules inside the macronucleus of the ciliate Tetrahymena. Although the amitotically dividing macronucleus lacks a spindle, an elaborate system of microtubules is assembled inside the macronucleus and between the macronucleus and the cortex. Microtubules could not be(More)
The hemolysin-like protein (HLP) Sll1951, characterized by the GGXGXDXUX nonapeptide motif implicated in Ca(2+) binding, was purified from the glucose-tolerant strain (GT) of Synechocystis sp. strain PCC 6803. HLP was eluted at 560 kDa after gel filtration chromatography. Atomic absorption spectroscopy indicated that the protein bound calcium. The bound(More)
BACKGROUND Central catecholamines, particularly dopaminergic and noradrenergic systems, have affected the appetitive behavior in patients with anorexia nervosa (AN). The purpose of this study is to distinguish the characteristics of contingent negative variation (CNV) and postimperative negative variation (PINV), which may reflect the level of catecholamine(More)
Calmodulin (CaM) is an axonemal component. To examine the pathway of Ca(2+)/CaM signaling in cilia, using Ca(2+)/CaM-affinity column, we identified seven Ca(2+)/CaM-associated proteins from a crude dynein fraction and isolated 62 kDa (p62) and 66 kDa (p66) Ca(2+)/CaM-associated proteins in Tetrahymena cilia. The amino acid sequences deduced from the p62 and(More)
It is generally recognized that thyroid hormone modulates osteoblast cell function. We have previously shown that triiodothyronine (T(3)) activates p38 mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase, resulting in the synthesis of osteocalcin in osteoblast-like MC3T3-E1 cells. In the present study, we investigated the effect of the adenylyl cyclase-cAMP system on(More)