Ryosuke Midorikawa

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Activity-dependent changes in neuropsin gene expression in the hippocampus implies an involvement of neuropsin in neural plasticity. Since the deduced amino acid sequence of the gene contained the complete triplet (His-Asp-Ser) of the serine protease domain, the protein was postulated to have proteolytic activity. Recombinant full-length neuropsin produced(More)
In brain development, apoptosis is a physiological process that controls the final numbers of neurons. Here, we report that the activity-dependent prevention of apoptosis in juvenile neurons is regulated by kinesin superfamily protein 4 (KIF4), a microtubule-based molecular motor. The C-terminal domain of KIF4 is a module that suppresses the activity of(More)
Extracellular serine protease neuropsin (NP) is expressed in the forebrain limbic area of adult brain and is implicated in synaptic plasticity. We screened for endogenous NP inhibitors with recombinant NP (r-NP) from extracts of the hippocampus and the cerebral cortex in adult mouse brain. Two SDS-stable complexes were detected, and after their(More)
Recent studies have demonstrated protective roles for autophagy in various neurodegenerative disorders, including the polyglutamine diseases; however, the role of autophagy in retinal degeneration has remained unclear. Accumulation of activated rhodopsin in some Drosophila mutants leads to retinal degeneration, and although it is known that activated(More)
A 46-year-old woman had heliotrope erythema, poikiloderma, and proximal muscle weakness. Histologic examinations of the skin were consistent with dermatomyositis. Muscle biopsy revealed numerous noncaseating granulomatous lesions within the muscle fasciculi, confirming the diagnosis of sarcoid myopathy. No granulomatous lesion could be detected clinically(More)
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