Shunsuke Izumi

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Chromatin reorganization plays an important role in DNA repair, apoptosis, and cell cycle checkpoints. Among proteins involved in chromatin reorganization, TIP60 histone acetyltransferase has been shown to play a role in DNA repair and apoptosis. However, how TIP60 regulates chromatin reorganization in the response of human cells to DNA damage is largely(More)
Rapid modulation of hippocampal synaptic plasticity by estrogen has long been a hot topic, but analysis of molecular mechanisms via synaptic estrogen receptors has been seriously difficult. Here, two types of independent synaptic plasticity, long-term depression (LTD) and spinogenesis, were investigated, in response to 17beta-estradiol and agonists of(More)
Wnt-5a is a representative ligand that activates a beta-catenin-independent pathway in Wnt signalling. In the present paper, the roles of the post-translational modifications in the actions of Wnt-5a were investigated. We found that Wnt-5a is modified with palmitate at Cys104 and glycans at Asn114, Asn120, Asn311 and Asn325. The palmitoylation was not(More)
Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans (Aa) is one of the pathogenic bacteria involved in periodontal diseases. We have previously identified six major outer membrane proteins (Omps) of Aa Y4. Among them is an Omp with high molecular mass, designated Omp100, which has homology to a variety of virulence factors. Electron microscopic observation indicated that(More)
The chemical composition of essential oils obtained from the leaves of Pistacia vera, Pistacia terebinthus, Pistacia lentiscus and the resin of Pistacia lentiscus were analyzed by GC and GC-MS. alpha-Pinene, beta-pinene, limonene, terpinen-4-ol and alpha-terpineol were found to be the major components. The antifungal activities of the above oils and P.(More)
The lysine residues of guinea pig P450 17alpha were acetylated by acetic anhydride in the absence and presence of NADPH cytochrome P450 reductase (CPR). Eight acetylated peptides were identified in the MALDI-TOF mass spectra of the tryptic fragments from the P450 acetylated without CPR in the limited reaction time of 15 min at ice temperature. The presence(More)
The biotransformation of the monoterpene hydrocarbons 3-carene and 2-pinene by cell suspension cultures of Nicotiana tabacum and Catharanthus roseus was investigated. The cultures have the ability to regio- and enantioselectively introduce the oxygenated functional groups into the C = C double bond and the allylic positions of the substrates.
We examined the biotransformation of enantiomeric pairs of enones such as pulegone and carvone in recombinant Escherichia coli expressing Nicotiana tabacum pulegone reductase. It was found that recombinant E. coli cells acquired the ability for stereospecific hydrogenation of the exocyclic C=C double bond of pulegone. However, stereospecificity in(More)
DNA-protein crosslinks (DPCs)-where proteins are covalently trapped on the DNA strand-block the progression of replication and transcription machineries and hence hamper the faithful transfer of genetic information. However, the repair mechanism of DPCs remains largely elusive. Here we have analyzed the roles of nucleotide excision repair (NER) and(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to identify substantially increased proteins in bovine cystic follicular fluid (FF) in order to clarify the pathology and etiology of bovine ovarian follicular cysts (BOFC). METHODS Proteins in normal and cystic FF samples were subjected to two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2-D PAGE) and were(More)