Takeshi Hirata

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The A5 antigen is a neuronal cell surface protein of Xenopus presumed to be involved in the neuronal recognition between the optic nerve fibers and the visual centers. Analyses of cDNA clones revealed that the A5 antigen is a class I membrane protein containing two different internal repeats in the extracellular segment. The first repeat bears homology to(More)
OBJECTIVE Methotrexate (MTX) is most widely used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, it has certain drawbacks with regard to individual differences in its therapeutic effects as well as the differences in the patients' response to MTX therapy. We investigated whether multi-drug resistance-1 (ABCB1) C3435T, reduced folate carrier-1(More)
During development, mitral cells, the main output neurons of the olfactory bulb, project axons into a very narrow part of the telencephalon and form an axonal bundle called the lateral olfactory tract (LOT). The present study shows that before the first mitral cell axons elongate, the LOT position is already marked with a subset of early-generated neurons(More)
In mice, mitral cells are the major efferent neurons of the main olfactory bulb and elongate axons into a very narrow part of the telencephalon to form a fiber bundle referred to as the lateral olfactory tract (LOT). To clarify the mechanisms responsible for guidance of mitral cell axons along this particular pathway, we co-cultured mouse embryo main(More)
The early-generated neurons designated as lot cells specifically mark the future site of the lateral olfactory tract (LOT) and guide LOT axons. We investigated the mechanism of how lot cells develop and get localized in the LOT position. Lot cells differentiated from neuroepithelial cells in all regions of the neocortex but not from those in the ganglionic(More)
We report the isolation of two novel zebrafish mix-type homeobox genes, mtx1 and mtx2. The homeodomains of both Mtx1 and Mtx2 exhibited a 50% amino acid identity to other Mix-family protein homeodomains. mtx1 was expressed throughout the yolk syncytial layer (YSL), an extraembryonic structure in teleosts, from the late-blastula to the mid-gastrula period.(More)
Leukocyte chemoattractants are involved in the inflammatory response act via G protein-coupled receptors. We report the cloning of a novel human gene encoding the putative orphan receptor, C5L2, belonging to a subfamily of C3a, C5a and formyl Met-Leu-Ph receptors that are related to the chemokine receptor family. C5L2 transcript levels were abundant in(More)
We have recovered a virion from defective cDNA of Sendai virus (SeV) that is capable of self-replication but incapable of transmissible-virion production. This virion delivers and expresses foreign genes in infected cells, and this is the first report of a gene expression vector derived from a defective viral genome of the Paramyxoviridae. First, functional(More)
Thromboxane A2 (TXA2) receptor is a key molecule in hemostasis as its abnormality leads to bleeding disorders. Two isoforms of the human TXA2 receptor have been cloned; one from placenta and the other from endothelium, here referred to as TXR alpha and TXR beta, respectively. These isoforms differ only in their carboxyl-terminal tails. We report that both(More)
Differential screening of the genes obtained from cDNA libraries of primary neuroblastomas (NBLs) between the favorable and unfavorable subsets has identified a novel gene BCH motif-containing molecule at the carboxyl terminal region 1 (BMCC1). Its 350 kDa protein product possessed a Bcl2-/adenovirus E1B nineteen kDa-interacting protein 2 (BNIP2) and(More)