Takanori Ikenaga

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Loss of kidney function underlies many renal diseases. Mammals can partly repair their nephrons (the functional units of the kidney), but cannot form new ones. By contrast, fish add nephrons throughout their lifespan and regenerate nephrons de novo after injury, providing a model for understanding how mammalian renal regeneration may be therapeutically(More)
In the formation of the spinal network, various transcription factors interact to develop specific cell types. By using a gene trap technique, we established a stable line of zebrafish in which the red fluorescent protein (RFP) was inserted into the pax8 gene. RFP insertion marked putative pax8-lineage cells with fluorescence and inhibited pax8 expression(More)
The contraction of skeletal muscle is dependent on synaptic transmission through acetylcholine receptors (AChRs) at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ). The lack of an AChR subunit causes a fetal akinesia in humans, leading to death in the first trimester and characteristic features of Fetal Akinesia Deformation Sequences (FADS). A corresponding null mutation(More)
The accumulation of acetylcholine receptors (AChRs) at nerve terminals is critical for signal transmission at the neuromuscular junction, and rapsyn is essential for this process. Previous studies suggest that AChRs might direct rapsyn self-clusters to the synapse. In vivo experiments with fluorescently tagged AChR or rapsyn in zebrafish larvae revealed(More)
Glycine is a major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system of vertebrates. Here, we report the initial development of glycine-immunoreactive (Gly-ir) neurons and fibers in zebrafish. The earliest Gly-ir cells were found in the hindbrain and rostral spinal cord by 20 h post-fertilization (hpf). Gly-ir cells in rhombomeres 5 and 6 that also(More)
Zebrafish is a good model for studying vertebrate development because of the availability of powerful genetic tools. We are interested in the study of the craniofacial skeletal structure of the zebrafish. For this purpose, we performed a gene trap screen and identified a Gal4 gene trap line, SAGFF(LF)134A. We then analyzed the expression pattern of(More)
The design, synthesis and structure-activity relationships of transition-state inhibitors containing the dihydroxyethylene isostere at the scissile site are described. The compounds with (2S,3R,4S)-4-amino-5-cyclohexyl-1-morpholino-2,3-pentanediol at the P1-P1 site are potent renin inhibitors.(More)
Neutral metalloproteases with endothelin-1 (ET-1) converting activity were detected in membranous and cytosolic fractions of cultured endothelial cells (EC) from bovine carotid artery in a ratio of 5:1, respectively. The cytosolic enzyme specifically and quantitatively converts big ET-1 to ET-1 (Km = 10.7 microM), but does not convert big ET-3. Like the(More)
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