Takako Okuda

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For efficient fungal strain selection in microbial screening, we applied the random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) method using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). In order to evaluate this system, the genus Trichoderma was employed, because its species are difficult to distinguish from each other. We selected an appropriate oligonucleotide decamer, R28(More)
Effects of glucose, acetylcholine, and norepinephrine on insulin secretion from pancreatic islets of 8- to 9-wk-old female genetically obese (ob/ob) and lean mice were determined. The ob/ob islets were 60% larger in diameter than lean mouse islets, secreted fourfold more insulin in response to glucose, and secreted insulin at lower glucose concentrations(More)
Talaromyces flavus FKI-0076, a soil isolate, was found to produce compounds which reinforce the anti-Candida albicans activity of miconazole. Four structurally related compounds, a novel one, designated actofunicone, and the knowns deoxyfunicone, vermistatin and NG-012, were isolated from the culture broth by solvent extraction, ODS column chromatography(More)
The protective effects of various tannins on ocular lens against the induced oxidative damage were examined. Oxidative damage on mouse lenses was induced by incubating them with xanthine-xanthine oxidase, ADP and Fe3+ (X.XOD system). X.XOD system caused an increase in lipid peroxide of lens membrane and decreases in Na,K-ATPase and GSH reductase activities(More)
Three novel histamine H3 receptor (H3R) ligands, PF1270A (1), PF1270B (2) and PF1270C (3) were isolated from the culture broth of the fungal strain PF1270. The strain was identified as Penicillium waksmanii on the basis of morphological characteristics. These compounds were obtained from the culture broth by solvent extraction and chromatographic(More)