Takako Yasuda

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Synaptic scaffolding molecule (S-SCAM) has six PDZ domains through which it interacts with N-methyl-d-aspartate receptors and neuroligin at synaptic junctions. We isolated here a novel S-SCAM-binding protein. This protein has one PDZ, one Ras association, one Ras GDP/GTP exchange protein (Ras GEP) domain, and one C-terminal consensus motif for binding to(More)
Eye development and brain structures of a mutant teleost fish were investigated. The el (eyeless) mutation in medaka (Oryzias latipes) is recessive and affects eye formation; in the most severe cases, it results in the absence of eyes. Developmental studies revealed that normal eyeballs are not formed in the el mutant embryos, but small optic cup-like(More)
We propose here a novel interpretation of the embryonic origin of cells of diencephalic sensory relay nuclei in teleosts based on our recent studies of gene expression patterns in the medaka (Oryzias latipes) embryonic brain and comparative hodological studies. It has been proposed that the diencephalic sensory relay system in teleosts is unique among(More)
The cerebellar structures of teleosts are markedly different from those of other vertebrates. The cerebellum continues rostrally into the midbrain ventricle, forming the valvula cerebelli, only in ray-finned fishes among vertebrates. To analyze the ontogenetic processes that underlie this morphological difference, we examined the early development of the(More)
In this study, the roles of p53 in impaired spermatogenic male germ cells of p53-deficient medaka were investigated by analyzing histological changes, and gene expressions of 42Sp50, Oct 4 and vitellogenin (VTG2) by RT-PCR or in situ hybridization in the testes. We found that a small number of oocyte-like cells (testis-ova) differentiated spontaneously in(More)
In order to know the general pattern of axonogenesis in vertebrates, we examined axonogenesis in the embryonic brain of a teleost fish, medaka (Oryzias latipes), and the results were compared with previous studies in zebrafish and mouse. The axons and somata were stained immunocytochemically using antibodies to a cell surface marker (HNK-1) and acetylated(More)
Fatty acid-binding proteins (FABPs) belong to a multigene family of small intracellular proteins that bind hydrophobic ligands. Recent studies have indicated that FABP7 plays important roles in neurogenesis or neuronal migration in vertebrates. In this study, we isolated cDNA and the genomic fragment containing the fabp7 gene for medaka fish and examined(More)
We examined the morphogenesis and regionalization of the embryonic brain of an acanthopterygian teleost, medaka (Oryzias latipes), by in situ hybridization using 14 gene probes. We compared our results with previous studies in other vertebrates, particularly zebrafish, an ostariophysan teleost. During the early development of the medaka neural rod, three(More)
We have examined cerebellar morphogenesis after neural tube stage in medaka (Oryzias latipes), a ray-finned fish, by conventional histology and immunohistochemistry using anti-proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) and anti-acetylated tubulin antibodies. Our results indicate that the medaka cerebellum is formed in 4 successive stages: (1) formation and(More)
PURPOSE Exposure to heavy-ion radiation is considered a critical health risk on long-term space missions. The developing central nervous system (CNS) is a highly radiosensitive tissue; however, the biological effects of heavy-ion radiation, which are greater than those of low-linear energy transfer (LET) radiation, are not well studied, especially in vivo(More)