Sakiko Sugino

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Currently available techniques used to recognize point mutations in genetic disease are time consuming and are capable of screening only small pieces of DNA. Moreover, they detect all sequence differences including phenotypically silent changes. Consequently, they are not convenient to analyse mutations in large, multi-exonic genes, where a large fraction(More)
The type IIc Na(+)-dependent phosphate cotransporter (NaPi-IIc) is specifically targeted to, and expressed on, the apical membrane of renal proximal tubular cells and mediates phosphate transport. In the present study, we investigated the signals that determine apical expression of NaPi-IIc with a focus on the role of the N- and the C-terminal tails of(More)
Nanoprobes based on quantum clusters (QC) with near-infrared fluorescence, magnetic-resonance-imaging contrast, and singlet-oxygen-sensitized intracellular fluorescence are studied. The generation of singlet oxygen and singlet-oxygen-sensitized fluorescence uncaging by magnetic and NIR-emitting nanoparticles are exploited for multimodal bioimaging in vitro.
Multimodal and multifunctional contrast agents receive enormous attention in the biomedical imaging field. Such contrast agents are routinely prepared by the incorporation of organic molecules and inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) into host materials such as gold NPs, silica NPs, polymer NPs, and liposomes. Despite their non-cytotoxic nature, the large size of(More)
A relationship between type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and intestinal flora has been suggested since development of analysis technology for intestinal flora. An animal model of T2DM is important for investigation of T2DM. Although there are some animal models of T2DM, a comparison of the intestinal flora of healthy animals with that of T2DM animals has not(More)
Phagocytosis is a physiological process used by immune cells such as macrophages to actively ingest and destroy foreign pathogens and particles. It is the cellular process that leads to the failure of drug delivery carriers because the drug carriers are cleared by immune cells before reaching their target. Therefore, clarifying the mechanism of particle(More)
Multimodal and multifunctional nanomaterials are promising candidates for bioimaging and therapeutic applications in the nanomedicine settings. Here we report the preparation of photouncaging nanoparticles with fluorescence and magnetic modalities and evaluation of their potentials for in vitro and in vivo bioimaging. Photoactivation of such bimodal(More)
Enormous increase in the production of nanomaterials and their growing applications in the device technology, biotechnology and biomedical areas suggest the need for developing models for predicting the environmental health and safety (EHS) risks posed by such nanomaterials. We hypothesize that CdSe quantum dots (QDs) and ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) encompassed(More)
Antioxidant activities of four kinds of Japanese traditional fermented tea, Gishi-cha, Ishizuchi-kurocha, Awa-bancha, and Batabatacha, were compared. Antioxidant activity was evaluated by three parameters: copper ion reduction ability, radical trapping ability, and oxygen consumption rate. Processes of fermentation of these fermented teas are different.(More)
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles are important industrial nano-objects with wide applications, including as photocatalysts and sunscreen components. Recently, the phototoxicity of TiO2 nanoparticles has been a concern. However, phototoxicity caused by photocatalytic activity may differ between anatase and rutile nanoparticles. In the present study, we(More)
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