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PERF 15 is a testicular germ cell specific fatty acid-binding protein (FABP) isolated from rat. Indirect immunofluorescent analysis of juvenile rat testis showed that there were some strongly PERF 15-positive spermatocytes. These cells showed unclear nuclear structure and were predicted to undergo apoptosis. Apoptosis in germ cells is an important(More)
2-Nitropropane dioxygenase, purified to homogeneity from Hansenula mrakii (IFO 0895), has a molecular weight of approximately 62,000 and consists of two subunits nonidentical in molecular weight (39,000 and 25,000). Stoichiometrical studies and the results obtained with 18O2 showed that 2 atoms of molecular oxygen are incorporated into 2 molecules of(More)
Secretoglobin (SCGB) 3A2 is a small molecular weight secreted protein predominantly expressed in lung airways. We previously demonstrated that the expression of SCGB3A2 is regulated by homeodomain transcription factor NKX2-1. Here we show that CCAAT/enhancer-binding proteins, C/EBPalpha and C/EBPdelta, regulate mouse Scgb3a2 gene transcription in vivo and(More)
Hyaluronic acid (HA) has been implicated in the proliferation and metastasis of tumor cells. However, most previous studies were conducted on extracellular matrix or pericellular HA, and the role of circulating HA in vivo has not been studied. HA is rapidly cleared from the bloodstream. The scavenger receptor Stabilin-2 (Stab2) is considered a major(More)
Dendritic cells (DCs) are professional antigen presenting cells, which initiate primary immune responses and also play an important role in the generation of peripheral tolerance. There is no reliable method established for the isolation of bovine peripheral blood DCs, and furthermore, the phenotypes and the functions of bovine DCs are still not fully(More)
By utilizing purified cytochrome P-450scc from bovine adrenocortical mitochondria and cholesterol-containing dioleoylglycerophosphocholine liposomes, we have demonstrated a dramatic stimulation (2-3 fold) of cholesterol binding to the steroid-free cytochrome by Ca++. We theorize that ACTH modulates the increase of intracellular Ca++ concentration resulting(More)
A nitroalkane-oxidizing enzyme was purified about 1,300-fold from a cell extract of Hansenula mrakii grown in a medium containing nitroethane as the sole nitrogen source by ammonium sulfate fractionation, diethylaminoethyl-cellulose column chromatography, hydroxyapatite column chromatography, and Bio-Gel P-150 column chromatography. The enzyme was shown to(More)
To study the immune responses of porcine intestinal epithelial cells to gram-negative bacteria via toll-like receptors (TLRs), originally established porcine intestinal epitheliocyte (PIE) cells were treated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) or swine-specific enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC). Real-time quantitative PCR revealed that PIE cells expressed(More)
  • Kohtaro Miyazawa, Hisashi Aso, +9 authors Takahiro Yamaguchi
  • 2005
Membranous (M) cells of the follicle-associated epithelium (FAE) are believed to sample antigens from the gut lumen. However, the origin, differentiation mechanism, and cell death of M cells are still a matter of controversy. Therefore, we investigated the process of M cell differentiation and determined their fate in the intestine of three-way crossbred(More)
A nitroalkane-oxidizing enzyme, which was inducibly formed by addition of nitroethane to the medium was purified to homogeneity from an extract of Fusarium oxysporum (IFO 5942) with an overall yield of about 20%. The enzyme catalyzed the oxidative denitrification of 1-nitropropane as follows: CH2(NO2)CH2CH3 + O2 + H2O leads to OHCCH2CH3 + HNO2 + H2O2. In(More)