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)
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)
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)
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)
We previously reported that prostaglandin E(1) (PGE(1)) activates both p44/p42 mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase and p38 MAP kinase via cAMP-dependent protein kinase in osteoblast-like MC3T3-E1 cells, and that p38 MAP kinase but not p42/p44 MAP kinase is involved in PGE(1)-induced synthesis of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). In the present(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)
The ciliated protozoa Tetrahymena contains two nuclei, a micronucleus and a macronucleus. In the vegetatively growing cell, the macronucleus divides amitotic while the micronucleus divides by mitosis. It has been indicated that microtubules are involved in macronuclear division and microtubules are observed to exist in the dividing macronucleus. To clarify(More)