Robert Shimizu

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On our initial discovery that prion protein (PrP)-derived peptides were capable of capturing the pathogenic prion protein (PrP(Sc)), we have been interested in how these peptides interact with PrP(Sc). After screening peptides from the entire human PrP sequence, we found two peptides (PrP(19-30) and PrP(100-111)) capable of binding full-length PrP(Sc) in(More)
Cloning and expression of the defective gene for delta-aminolevulinate dehydratase (ALAD) from the second of 2 German patients with ALAD deficiency porphyria (ADP), who had been originally reported by Doss et al. in 1979, were performed. Cloning of cDNAs for the defective ALAD were performed using Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-transformed lymphoblastoid cells of(More)
Two forms of erythropoietin, EPO-bi and EPO-tetra, with different biological activities were isolated from the culture medium of a recombinant Chinese hamster ovary cell line, B8-300, into which the human erythropoietin gene had been introduced. EPO-bi, an unusual form, showed only one-seventh the in vivo activity and 3 times higher in vitro activity of the(More)
Less is known about the mucin-type sugar chains attached to human erythropoietin as compared with N-linked sugar chains which structures and function have been well studied. In this study, we purified urinary human erythropoietin from three independent groups of aplastic anemia patients, and analyzed the structures of mucin-type sugar chains as well as that(More)
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