Takao Kitagawa

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Glutamate has been shown to induce neural progenitor cells in the adult vertebrate retina. However, protein dynamics during progenitor cell induction by glutamate are not fully understood. To identify specific proteins involved in the process, we employed two-dimensional electrophoresis-based proteomics on glutamate untreated and treated retinal ex vivo(More)
The polyamines (PAs) are ubiquitous polycationic metabolites in eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells and are believed to be intimately involved in the regulation of DNA, RNA, and protein biosynthesis, the exact function of which remains unclear, mainly because of a lack of knowledge of PA subcellular localization. In this study, using immunoelectron microscopy,(More)
We report here a new type of protein chip to detect antibodies in sera. This chip method was used to a prototype created to detect hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) -related autoantibodies in the sera of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infected individuals. Five cysteine-tagged (Cys-tag) and green fluorescent protein (GFP)-fused recombinant heat shock protein 70(More)
Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1) and autophagy play increasingly important roles in DNA damage repair and cell death. Gemcitabine (GEM) remains the first-line chemotherapeutic drug for pancreatic cancer (PC). However, little is known about the relationship between PARP-1 expression and autophagy in response to GEM. Here we demonstrate that GEM(More)
Serum antibodies against pathogenic bacteria play immunologically protective roles, and can be utilized as diagnostic markers of infection. This study focused on Japanese child serum antibodies against Helicobacter pylori, a chronically-infected gastric bacterium which causes gastric cancer in adults. Serological diagnosis for H. pylori infection is well(More)
The activation and expression of recombination activating genes (RAGs) plays critical roles in V(D)J gene recombination machinery and lymphocyte development. We showed that RAG gene expression was induced in freshly isolated human bone marrow cells and a human lymphoid progenitor cell line, FL8.2.4.4, by coculture on a monolayer of a murine bone(More)
Understanding how energy metabolism and related proteins influence neural progenitor cells in adult tissues is critical for developing new strategies in clinical tissue regeneration therapy. We have recently reported that a subtoxic concentration of glutamate-induced neural progenitor cells in the mature ex vivo rat retina. We herein explore changes in the(More)
Post-transcriptional upregulation is an effective way to increase the expression of transgenes and thus maximize the yields of target chemicals from metabolically engineered organisms. Refractory elements in the 3' untranslated region (UTR) that increase mRNA half-life might be available. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, several terminator regions have shown(More)
Many fusion genes, which are the result of chromosomal translocation and work as an oncogene, have been recently identified, but their mode of actions is still unclear. Here, we performed a yeast mutant screening for oncogenes of Ewing’s sarcoma to easily identify essential regions responsible for fusion protein functions using a yeast genetic system. Three(More)