Satoru Kanai

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MOTIVATION Recent experimental and theoretical studies have revealed several proteins containing sequence segments that are unfolded under physiological conditions. These segments are called disordered regions. They are actively investigated because of their possible involvement in various biological processes, such as cell signaling, transcriptional and(More)
Barnacle attachment to various foreign materials in water is guided by an extracellular multiprotein complex. A 19 kDa cement protein was purified from the Megabalanus rosa cement, and its cDNA was cloned and sequenced. The gene was expressed only in the basal portion of the animal, where the histologically identified cement gland is located. The sequence(More)
The prochlorophytes, oxygenic photosynthetic prokaryotes having no phycobiliprotein but possessing chlorophylls a and b, have been proposed to have a common ancestry with green chloroplasts, yet this is still controversal. We report here that partial sequence comparisons of the large subunit of ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase, including(More)
Barnacles are a unique sessile crustacean that attach irreversibly and firmly to foreign underwater surfaces. Its biological underwater adhesive is a peculiar extracellular multi-protein complex. Here we characterize one of the two major proteins, a 52 kDa protein found in the barnacle cement complex. Cloning of the cDNA revealed that the protein has no(More)
The photolyase–blue-light photoreceptor family is composed of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer (CPD) photolyases, (6-4) photolyases, and blue-light photoreceptors. CPD photolyase and (6-4) photolyase are involved in photoreactivation for CPD and (6-4) photoproducts, respectively. CPD photolyase is classified into two subclasses, class I and II, based on amino(More)
Protein disulfide isomerase (PDI) is an enzyme that promotes protein folding by catalyzing disulfide bridge isomerization. PDI and its relatives form a diverse protein family whose members are characterized by thioredoxin-like (TX) domains in the primary structures. The family was classified into four classes by the number and the relative positions of the(More)
Druggable Protein-protein Interaction Assessment System (Dr. PIAS) is a database of druggable protein-protein interactions (PPIs) predicted by our support vector machine (SVM)-based method. Since the first publication of this database, Dr. PIAS has been updated to version 2.0. PPI data have been increased considerably, from 71,500 to 83,324 entries. As the(More)
Structural flexibility is an important characteristic of proteins because it is often associated with their function. The movement of a polypeptide segment in a protein can be broken down into two types of motions: internal and external ones. The former is deformation of the segment itself, but the latter involves only rotational and translational motions(More)
Most living organisms can synthesize isosinate from 5-phosphoribosyl 1-pyrophosphate in the de novo purine biosynthesis pathway, which is basically composed of 10 reaction steps. Phosphoribosylglycinamide synthetase (GARS) catalyzes the second step of the pathway. We found that the enzyme shows weak, but significant, sequence similarity to(More)
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