Sanae Sekihara

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To confirm directly the role of Thr-286 as the autophosphorylation site responsible for the appearance of Ca2(+)-independent activity of Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II alpha subunit, we constructed two mutated cDNAs of Thr-286 to Pro or Ala using site-directed mutagenesis and introduced into Chinese hamster ovary cells. The mutant enzymes(More)
Two cDNAs, one containing the entire coding region of alpha subunit of Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaM kinase II) and the other containing only its protein kinase domain, were separately ligated into the bacterial expression vector pET3a and expressed in Escherichia coli. The activity of the recombinant alpha subunit protein was dependent(More)
The abilities of tricyclic ergot alkaloids, chanoclavine-I and its analogues, and bromocriptine to stimulate dopamine receptors in the brain were investigated. Receptor binding of 3H-spiperone has shown that bromocriptine exhibits clear affinity for this compound. The order of displacement potencies was bromocriptine much greater than ergometrine, KSU-1415(More)
To clarify if dopamine (DA) synthesis is regulated by D-1 DA receptors located on dopaminergic nerve terminals in the striatum, we investigated effects of D-1 DA receptor agonist and antagonist on striatal 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA) accumulation induced by gamma-butyrolactone in mice treated with an amino acid decarboxylase inhibitor. SKF 38393, a(More)
Cross-linking of proteins by mammalian transglutaminases (TGs) plays important roles in physiological phenomena such as blood coagulation and skin formation. We show that Drosophila TG suppressed innate immune signaling in the gut. RNA interference (RNAi) directed against TG reduced the life span of flies reared under conventional nonsterile conditions but(More)
We recently reported that transglutaminase (TG) suppresses immune deficiency pathway-controlled antimicrobial peptides (IMD-AMPs), thereby conferring immune tolerance to gut microbes, and that RNAi of the TG gene in flies decreases the lifespan compared with non-TG-RNAi flies. Here, analysis of the bacterial composition of the Drosophila gut by(More)
In order to investigate a regulatory role of dopamine receptors in drug-induced release in the striatum, we determined dopamine and its metabolites in dialysates simultaneously with behavioral observations following intrastriatal perfusion with methamphetamine using the transstriatal dialysis method in freely moving rats. Intrastriatal perfusion with(More)
Neuronal cell suspensions were implanted into the striatum of female rats that showed apomorphine-induced rotation and a reduction in striatal dopamine after intranigral treatment with 6-hydroxydopamine. The apomorphine-induced rotation was significantly suppressed by the transplantation in 12 out of 64 rats. DOPA accumulation and dopamine level (6.3 and(More)
Monoclonal antibodies specific to either alpha or beta subunit of Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaM kinase II) of the rat brain were produced and the distribution of each subunit in the rat cerebellum was examined immunohistochemically. Each antibody detected solely the corresponding subunit in immunoblot analysis of crude homogenates of the(More)
When two cDNAs respectively encoding the entire coding regions of alpha and beta subunits of Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaM kinase II) were introduced into Chinese hamster ovary cells, the expressed alpha and beta subunits were differently associated with subcellular structure. Although alpha subunit was loosely associated with subcellular(More)