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Gap junctions are clusters of intercellular channels that are associated with embryonic development and neural signaling. Innexins, invertebrate gap junction proteins, have been identified in Drosophila and Caenorhabditis. Here, we report the isolation and characterization of two novel members of the insect innexin family, Bm inx2 and Bm inx4, from embryos(More)
Effect of envenomation of ectoparasitoid Bracon hebetor was determined on the heart rate and the expression of shsp, hsc70 and hsp90 of the lepidopteran host Plodia interpunctella. Envenomated host larvae were promptly immobilized but heart rate was not changed until 4 days after envenomation. Northern hybridization showed that each hsp gene was(More)
We prepared a cDNA library for a microarray from eggs of the silkworm, Bombyx mori, at the germ-band formation (24 hours after fertilization) stage. Using a microarray constructed with 2,445 ESTs, we screened gene expression profiles during germ-band formation at six specific time points in the early embryonic stages (from the unfertilized egg to the(More)
Translationally controlled tumor protein (Tctp/p23) is known to be synthesized preferentially in cells during the early growth phase of tumors, but is also expressed in normal cells. To elucidate its molecular basis of the expression and physiological significance, a cDNA encoding for the Bombyx mori Tctp (BmTctp) was deduced by editing the partial cDNA(More)
Cecropins belong to the antibacterial peptides family and are induced after injection of bacteria or their cell-wall components. By silkworm cDNA microarray analysis, a novel type of Cecropin family gene was identified as a cDNA up-regulated in early embryo, 1 day after oviposition. The cDNA isolated was 394 bp with 198 ORF translating 65 amino acids,(More)
In the course of screening anti-dementia agents from natural products, two beta-secretase (BACE1) inhibitors were isolated from the ethyl acetate soluble fraction of Sanguisorbae Radix by the activity-guided purification using silica gel, Sephadex LH-20, and RP-HPLC. They were identified as 1,2,3-trigalloyl-4,6-hexahydroxydiphenoyl-beta-D-glucopyranoside(More)
We report the isolation of activating transcription factor of chaperone (ATFC), a novel cDNA from Bombyx mori BM5 cells that encodes a putative transducer of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. The 236 amino acids of ATFC include both a basic region and a leucine zipper at the C-terminus, in contrast to Hac1p of yeast which features these structures at its(More)
PCR amplification of the regions containing the internally transcribed spacers and 5.8S rRNA gene of Candida krusei, C. inconspicua, and C. norvegensis yielded fragments of 510, 460, and 500 bp, respectively. HhaI digestion of these fragments yielded species-specific bands. Random amplification of polymorphic DNA with primer R108 showed interspecific(More)
We isolated a calreticulin cDNA from the silkworm, Bombyx mori. The cDNA encodes 398 amino acid residues of B. mori calreticulin, with an endoplasmic reticulum retentional HDEL motif at its C-terminus and a predicted molecular mass of 45,801 Da. The B. mori calreticulin shows high protein homology with calreticulin from G. mellonella (88%), A. aegypti(More)
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