Shinya Hagihara

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Elucidating the signaling mechanism of strigolactones has been the key to controlling the devastating problem caused by the parasitic plant Striga hermonthica. To overcome the genetic intractability that has previously interfered with identification of the strigolactone receptor, we developed a fluorescence turn-on probe, Yoshimulactone Green (YLG), which(More)
DNA trinucleotide repeats, particularly CXG, are common within the human genome. However, expansion of trinucleotide repeats is associated with a number of disorders, including Huntington disease, spinobulbar muscular atrophy and spinocerebellar ataxia. In these cases, the repeat length is known to correlate with decreased age of onset and disease severity.(More)
We previously reported that oligodeoxynucleotides containing 2-amino-6-vinylpurine (2-AVP: 1) exhibit efficient selective cross-linking to cytosine. In this study, the 2'-OMe nucleoside analogue (2) of 2-AVP was designed in order to increase its affinity to RNA and enhance metabolic stability. It has been demonstrated that 2'-OMe oligonucleotides bearing 2(More)
The development of convenient methods for controlling the protein expression is an important challenge in the postgenomic era. We applied the crosslink forming oligonucleotide (CFO) as a terminator of the ribosomal translation. In this study, we demonstrated that the improved reactivity of our CFO under physiological conditions enabled the sequence-specific(More)
The binding of a dimeric form of the 2-amino-1,8-naphthyridine derivative (naphthyridine dimer) to a human telomeric sequence, TTAGGG, was investigated by UV melting, CD spectra, and CSI-MS measurements. Both the 9-mer d(TTAGGGTTA) and the 15-mer d(TTAGGGTTAGGGTTA) showed apparent melting temperatures (T(m)) of 45.6 and 63.6 degrees C, respectively, in the(More)
We have discovered a new molecule naphthyridine-azaquinolone hybrid (Npt-Azq) that strongly stabilized the guanine-adenine (G-A) mismatch in duplex DNA. In the presence of Npt-Azq, the melting temperature (T(m)) of 5'-d(CTA ACG GAA TG)-3'/3'-d(GAT TGA CTT AC)-5' containing a single G-A mismatch increased by 15.4 degrees C, whereas fully matched duplex(More)
The dimethylamino (Me2N) group is arguably the most versatile functional group capable of highly efficient and site-selective directed aromatic functionalizations at the ortho-, meta-, and para-positions depending on reaction conditions. While the repertoire of Me2N-directed reactions is growing at a rapid pace, the lack of a general method to transform(More)
We have studied the sequence dependent binding of 2-amino-1,8-naphthyridine derivative 1 to a single guanine bulge. The free energy changes for the binding to a guanine bulge with different sequence contexts (5'X_Y3'/3'X'GY'5') were determined by a curve fitting of the thermal denaturation profile of DNA in the presence and absence of 1. The data showed(More)