Takanobu Nobori

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A series of 6-[(2-aminoethyl)amino]-1,3-dimethyl-2,4(1H,3H)- pyrimidinedione derivatives were synthesized and studied for their class III electrophysiological activity and class II (beta-blocking) effects in in vitro and in vivo models. Structure-activity relationships are discussed for a series of compounds. Several members of this series prolonged the(More)
Five yeast artificial chromosome (YAC) clones containing the human casein gene family were isolated and characterized to study the control mechanisms for the expression of these genes. Partial restriction analysis in conjunction with the chromosomal fragmentation method and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) analysis were performed to construct a(More)
Macrocyst (spherule) formation was induced in synchronized suspension cultures of microplasmodia of Physarum polycephalum under conditions where DNA synthesis was inhibited. Plasmodia in early G2 phase of nuclear cycle were able to differentiate to spherules in the presence of an inhibitor of DNA synthesis, whereas those in late G2 phase required another(More)
A novel protein kinase assay was developed, based on FRET between QDs and fluorescently-labeled substrate peptides. The negatively charged QDs recognize the change in net charge of the peptide upon phosphorylation. Despite its simple mechanism, this assay is sensitive and robust enough to be applied to the evaluation of protein kinase inhibitors.
In this work, we synthesized a series of poly-L-lysine (PLL)-based polymers for gene delivery, by modifying the PLL with both cationic peptide and histidine. The peptide moieties serve as cationic centers for polyplex formation, and also as substrates for protein kinase Cα (PKCα), which is specifically activated in many types of cancer cells, to achieve(More)
Here, we developed a new gene carrier, comprising a linear polyethylenimine (LPEI) grafted with a hydrophobically modified cationic peptide containing a long alkyl chain, for use in cancer-specific gene delivery. The cationic peptide is a substrate of protein kinase Cα (PKCα), which is known to be activated specifically in cancer cells. The hydrophobically(More)
We synthesized polymeric gene carriers consisting of poly-L-lysine (PLL) main chain modified both with substrate peptide for protein kinase Cα (PKCα) and alkanethiol (pentadecanethiol). Due to the grafted substrate peptide, the polyplex prepared from these carriers is expected to show gene expression triggered by the phosphorylation of the peptide by(More)
We examined in vitro performance of the branched polyethylenimine (bPEI)-based gene carriers which respond to cancer-specific activation of protein kinase Cα (PKCα) to express plasmid DNA. The carriers were synthesized straightforward by using amide bond formation between a peptide terminal carboxyl and a primary amine group of bPEI. To examine the effect(More)
We demonstrate a polyion complex (PIC) nanoparticle that contains both a responsive fluorophore and an "internal standard" fluorophore for quantitative measurement of protein kinase (PK) activity. The PK-responsive fluorophore becomes more fluorescent with PK-catalyzed phosphorylation of substrate peptides incorporated in the PIC, while fluorescence from(More)
In this work, we have developed a new technique to stabilize a ternary complex composed of plasmid DNA, a linear polyethyleneimine (LPEI) and serum albumin. A stearoyl group was conjugated to LPEI as a specific ligand for serum albumin. The resultant ternary complex has excellent stability in physiological saline conditions, maintaining its initial diameter(More)
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