Saori Takahashi

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A novel active transposable element, designated Crawler, has been isolated from an industrial strain (OSI1013) of Aspergillus oryzae as an insertion sequence within the niaD gene encoding nitrate reductase. It is 1290bp in length with imperfect terminal inverted repeats of 28bp and is flanked by 2bp (TA) target site duplications. It contains an open reading(More)
Phospholipase C is a key enzyme in phosphoinositide turnover. Although its functions have been extensively studied at the cellular level, many questions remain concerning its functions at the organ and individual animal levels. Here we demonstrate that mice lacking phospholipase Cδ1 develop granulocytosis associated with elevated serum levels of the(More)
AIMS Benidipine, a dihydropyridine Ca(2+) channel blocker, has been reported to block T-type Ca(2+) channels; however, the mechanism underlying this effect was unclear. In this study, we characterized the mechanism responsible for this blocking activity. Furthermore, the blocking activity was compared between two enantiomers of benidipine, (S, S)- and (R,(More)
Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) reverse transcriptase (RT) possesses two distinct enzymatic activities: those of RNA- and DNA-dependent DNA polymerases and RNase H. In the current HIV-1 therapy, all HIV-1 RT inhibitors inhibit the activity of DNA polymerase, but not that of RNase H. We previously reported that ethanol and water extracts of(More)
Hydroxymethylcytosine has been shown to be involved in DNA demethylation and gene expression. Although methods to determine the position of hydroxymethylcytosine at single-base resolution have been reported, these methods involve some difficulties. Here, we report a simple method to analyze hydroxymethylcytosine in the CpG sequence utilizing the maintenance(More)
In mammals, DNA methylation plays important roles in embryogenesis and terminal differentiation via regulation of the transcription-competent chromatin state. The methylation patterns are propagated to the next generation during replication by maintenance DNA methyltransferase, Dnmt1, in co-operation with Uhrf1. In the N-terminal regulatory region, Dnmt1(More)
The recent successful establishment of mouse parthenogenetic haploid embryonic stem cells (phESCs) and androgenetic haploid ESCs (ahESCs) has stimulated genetic research not only in vitro but also in vivo because of the germline competence of these cell lines. However, it is difficult to maintain the haploid status over time without a frequent sorting of(More)
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