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Components of ORC (the origin recognition complex) are highly conserved among eukaryotes and are thought to play an essential role in the initiation of DNA replication. The level of the largest subunit of human ORC (ORC1) during the cell cycle was studied in several human cell lines with a specific antibody. In all cell lines, ORC1 levels oscillate: ORC1(More)
The origin recognition complex (ORC) plays a central role in regulating the initiation of DNA replication in eukaryotes. The level of the ORC1 subunit oscillates throughout the cell cycle, defining an ORC1 cycle. ORC1 accumulates in G1 and is degraded in S phase, although other ORC subunits (ORCs 2-5) remain at almost constant levels. The behavior of ORC(More)
BACKGROUND Proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) is a ring-shaped protein known as a processivity factor of DNA polymerase delta. In addition to this role, PCNA interacts with a number of other proteins to increase their local concentration at replicated DNA sites. DNA cytosine methyltransferase 1 (Dnmt1), which preserves epigenetic signals by(More)
BACKGROUND An HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, fluvastatin, appears to act directly on the blood vessel wall to stabilize plaques in situ, agents that share this property have been termed vascular statins. METHODS We investigated the effects of fluvastatin on endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) phosphorylation and expression, as well as(More)
Efonidipine, a dihydropirydine calcium channel blocker, has been shown to dilate the efferent glomerular arterioles as effectively as the afferent arterioles. The present study compared the chronic effects of efonidipine and amlodipine on proteinuria in patients with chronic glomerulonephritis. The study subjects were 21 chronic glomerulonephritis patients(More)
Proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), a eukaryotic DNA replication factor, functions not only as a processivity factor for DNA polymerase delta but also as a binding partner for multiple other factors. To understand its broad significance, we have carried out systematic studies of PCNA-binding proteins by a combination of affinity chromatography and(More)
BACKGROUND Messenger RNA of liver fatty acid-binding protein (L-FABP) is expressed in proximal tubules of the kidney, and a certain amount is excreted into urine. We analyzed factors relating to the urinary L-FABP excretion in health-check participants. METHODS We measured L-FABP in the first morning urine by ELISA in 715 men and 193 women 30-79 years of(More)
The origin recognition complex (ORC) binds to replication origins to regulate the cell cycle-dependent assembly of pre-replication complexes (pre-RCs). We have found a novel link between pre-RC assembly regulation and telomere homeostasis in human cells. Biochemical analyses showed that human ORC binds to TRF2, a telomere sequence-binding protein that(More)
We report a patient who showed pathological features of both multiple system atrophy (MSA) and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) at autopsy. The clinical features included severe cerebellar ataxia, autonomic failure, and rigid-akinetic parkinsonism. The clinical diagnosis was MSA. Pathological examination showed severe neuronal loss with gliosis in the(More)