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The BET (bromodomains and extra terminal domain) family proteins recognize acetylated chromatin through their bromodomain and act as transcriptional activators. One of the BET proteins, BRD2, associates with the transcription factor E2F, the mediator components CDK8 and TRAP220, and RNA polymerase II, as well as with acetylated chromatin during mitosis.(More)
Werner syndrome (WS) is a recessive disorder characterized by premature senescence. Bloom syndrome (BS) is a recessive disorder characterized by short stature and immunodeficiency. A common characteristic of both syndromes is genomic instability leading to tumorigenesis. WRN and BLM genes causing WS and BS, encode proteins that are closely related to the(More)
BACKGROUND Eradication of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) at a younger age is considered to be effective in preventing gastric cancer. This study assessed the characteristics of eradication therapy in young patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS We enrolled 1073 patients with H. pylori infection between 2000 and 2013. The subjects were divided into three groups(More)
We prepared several monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) specific for the NH2- and COOH-terminal regions of the DNA helicase (WRN helicase) responsible for Werner's syndrome known as a premature aging disease. With these antibodies, we detected by immunoblot analysis the endogenous WRN helicase of a relative mass of 180 kD in several lines of cultured cells, but(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is an etiologic agent of chronic liver disease, and approximately 170 million people worldwide are infected with the virus. HCV NS3-4A serine protease is essential for the replication of this virus, and thus has been investigated as an attractive target for anti-HCV drugs. In this study, we developed our new induced-fit docking(More)
Viruses sometimes mimic host proteins and hijack the host cell machinery. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) causes liver fibrosis, a process largely mediated by the overexpression of transforming growth factor (TGF)-β and collagen, although the precise underlying mechanism is unknown. Here, we report that HCV non-structural protein 3 (NS3) protease affects the(More)
Keap1 (Kelch-like ECH-associating protein 1) is a negative regulator of the Nrf2 transcription factor in the cytoplasm. The Kelch/DGR (double-glycine repeat) domain of Keap1 associates with Nrf2 as well as with actin filaments. A recombinant protein containing both the Kelch/DGR domain and the C-terminal region of mouse Keap1 was expressed in Escherichia(More)
Werner syndrome (WS) is a rare autosomal recessive genetic disorder causing premature aging. The gene (WRN) responsible for WS encodes a protein homologous to the RecQ-type helicase. WRN has a nucleolar localization signal and shows intranuclear trafficking between the nucleolus and the nucleoplasm. WRN is recruited into the nucleolus when rRNA(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate liver function tests as potential indicators of bacteremia. We examined 156 patients with laboratory-confirmed bacteremia (bacteremia group) and 211 bacteremia-negative patients with bacterial infections (control group). The patients of the two groups had no underlying liver diseases. For patients in the bacteremia(More)
Werner syndrome (WS) is an autosomal recessive disease characterized by multiple progeroid features. The gene responsible for WS, WRN, is a member of the human RecQ helicase family. WRN is unique among this family, associated with an exonuclease activity. In the present study, we established the human 293-derived cell lines, which expressed exogenously(More)