Takanari Kobayashi

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BACKGROUND Chondroitin sulfate (CS) is a ubiquitous component of the cell surface and extracellular matrix and its sugar backbone consists of repeating disaccharide units: D-glucuronic acid (GlcUA)β1-3N-acetyl-D-galactosamine (GalNAc). Although CS participates in diverse biological processes such as growth factor signaling and the nervous system's(More)
The auditory steady-state response (ASSR) is a weak potential or magnetic response elicited by periodic acoustic stimuli with a maximum response at about a 40-Hz periodicity. In most previous studies using amplitude-modulated (AM) tones of stimulus sound, long lasting tones of more than 10 s in length were used. However, characteristics of the ASSR elicited(More)
Novel chondroitin sulfate (CS) chains with an average molecular mass of 79.6 kDa were purified from squid liver integument. A compositional analysis of the CS chains using chondroitinases (CSases) ABC and AC-I revealed a range of variably sulfated disaccharides with GlcAbeta1-->3GalNAc(6-sulfate), GlcAbeta1-->3GalNAc(4-sulfate), and(More)
The structure and biological activities of a highly sulfated heparan sulfate (HS) extracted from shrimp (Penaeus brasiliensis) heads were characterized. Structurally the shrimp HS was more heterogenous than heparin, although it is still highly sulfated. The molecular mass of the shrimp HS preparation was determined to be 32.3 kDa by gel filtration HPLC.(More)
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