Takayuki Imamura

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The inhibition of thrombin is one of the important treatments of pathological blood clot formation. Variegin, isolated from the tropical bont tick, is a novel molecule exhibiting a unique 'two-modes' inhibitory property on thrombin active site (competitive before cleavage, noncompetitive after cleavage). For the better understanding of its function, we have(More)
Chronic injection of an anti-c-KIT receptor tyrosine kinase monoclonal antibody (ACK2) results in the disruption of the normal motility patterns of young BALB/c mice intestine. This effect is accompanied by a drastic decrease in the number of intestinal c-kit-expressing (c-kit +) cells when studied immuno-histochemically with the fluorescence-labelled(More)
Fatty acid compositions of phosphatidyl ethanolamine and phosphatidyl choline extracted from the guinea pig Harderian gland were examined by gas chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Oleic acid was the major component of both phospholipids, but a large amount of saturated branched chain fatty acids was found: 34.5% in phosphatidyl(More)
Aprotinin is a polypeptide composed of 58 amino acid residues and has a molecular weight of 6512Da. The 58 amino acid residues are arranged in a single polypeptide chain, which is cross-linked by three disulfide bridges and folded to form a pear-shaped molecule. To express recombinant aprotinin in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a synthetic gene encoding(More)
BACKGROUND In thoracic surgery, although infrequent, we encounter unexpected damage to the pulmonary artery (PA). In the present study, we evaluated the hemostatic efficacy of a newly developed fibrin-based sheet material, thrombin sheet, coupled with liquid fibrinogen (TSF), in an experimental model of PA hemorrhage. METHODS Female beagles (n = 8) were(More)
We have established a large-scale manufacturing system to produce recombinant human alpha-thrombin. In this system, a high yield of alpha-thrombin is prepared from prethrombin-2 activated by recombinant ecarin. We produced human prethrombin-2 using mouse myeloma cells and an expression plasmid carrying the chicken beta-actin promoter and mutant(More)
Porcine liver aminopeptidase was inactivated by various sulfhydryl-reactive reagents, whose inactivation rates were in the order: p-chloromercuribenzoate(PCMB) greater than HgCl2 greater than 2,2'-dithiodipyridine greater than 5,5'-dithiobis(2-nitrobenzoic acid)(DTNB). The processes of inactivation by these reagents did not follow pseudo-first-order(More)
In this study, we established stable cell lines producing 1.5 mg/mL recombinant human prothrombin in 400-L fed-batch culture, using CHO DG44 cells as a host cell line. And we also established a recombinant human α-thrombin purification process that produces a purified product suitable for use as a biopharmaceutical, by using recombinant ecarin from CHO DG44(More)
Fibrinogen is a large and complex glycoprotein containing two sets of each of three different chains (α, β and γ). There have been no reports of high-level expression of fibrinogen at commercial levels using mammalian cultured cells such as CHO cells because of the difficulty in highly expressing a protein with such a complex structure. We achieved(More)