Shunnosuke Natsuume-Sakai

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A lamprey protein homologous to the third component of mammalian complement was isolated from lamprey plasma and was tentatively designated lamprey C3. Lamprey C3 is a major protein in lamprey serum with electrophoretic mobility of beta-globulin and with m.w. of 190,000. It consists of three polypeptide chains (84,000-alpha, 74,000-beta, and 32,000-gamma(More)
A technique for replication R- and G-banding of mouse lymphocyte chromosomes was developed, and the replication R-banding pattern was analyzed. Optimal banding patterns were obtained with thymidine- and BrdU-treatment of lymphocytes in the same cell cycle. This produced replication R-band patterns that were the complete reverse of the G-band patterns on all(More)
The binding protein of the fourth component of complement (C4-BP) is a regulatory protein of the complement system with specific affinity for the fourth component. This paper describes a structural polymorphism of murine C4-BP and its linkage to the major histocompatibility complex of the mouse (H-2). After isoelectric focusing of whole mouse plasma in(More)
Factor B (Bf) gene expression is regulated independently in hepatic and extrahepatic tissues. In studying murine factor B expression, we found two mature mRNA species for Bf in kidney and intestine (2.7 and 2.4 kb) but in other tissues, including liver, lung, spleen, heart, brain, and skeletal muscle, only a single Bf transcript (2.4 kb) was observed. These(More)
The serum level of the fourth component of complement (C4) in mice bearing the H-2k haplotype is only 1/10 to 1/20 of that of non-H-2k mice. We have analyzed C4 cDNA clones from B10.BR(H-2k) mouse liver and found aberrant C4 cDNA which contained a 200-base pair (bp) insertion between the exon 13 and exon 14 encoded sequences in addition to the normal C4(More)
The b subunit of human coagulation factor XIII (FXIII-b) is composed of 10 short consensus repeats (SCRs) characteristic of the regulatory proteins of complement activation system. A full-length cDNA clone of mouse FXIII-b was isolated and the entire sequence was determined. The predicted amino acid sequence showed 77.5% homology with human FXIII-b,(More)
The level of the fourth complement component was quantitated in sera from several inbred strains of mice of various ages. In NZB and NC mice, which are known to produce autoantibodies spontaneously, the level of C4 increased from one month to six months of age, maintained high C4 levels until 10 months but showed a gradual decrease in serum C4 beginning at(More)
Heretofore unrecognized structural polymorphism of murine C4(Ss) was demonstrated by using two different techniques: immunofixation electrophoresis and immunofixation isoelectric focusing. By these methods C4 was demonstrated as a broad protein band in freshly bled EDTA-plasma of inbred strains and wild mouse lines. Seven variants of C4(Ss) were identified(More)
The fifth component of rainbow trout complement was purified to homogeneity using a 4-step purification procedure: 1) 5 to 15% polyethylene glycol precipitation; 2) DEAE-Sepharose column chromatography; 3) gel filtration on Sephadex G-200; and 4) CM-Sepharose column chromatography. A 175-fold purification was attained with 20 to 30% yield of C5 antigen and(More)