Takumi Tamura

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The concentration dependence of the pressure- and temperature-induced cloud point transition (Pc and Tc, respectively) of aqueous solutions of an elastin-like polypeptide with a repeating pentapeptide Val-Pro-Gly-Ile-Gly sequence (MGLDGSMG(VPGIG)40VPLE) was investigated by using apparent light scattering, differential scanning calorimetry, and circular(More)
Structural changes of contractile proteins were examined by millisecond time-resolved two-dimensional x-ray diffraction recordings during relaxation of skinned skeletal muscle fibers from rigor after caged ATP photolysis. It is known that the initial dissociation of the rigor actomyosin complex is followed by a period of transient active contraction, which(More)
For quantitative analysis of contractile proteins of muscle by means of X-ray diffraction, it is important to know how the intensities of individual reflections are related to the number of diffracting objects, i.e., the amount of constituent contractile protein in the muscle cell. Here we diffused various amounts of exogenous myosin subfragment-1 (S1) into(More)
BACKGROUND To identify the microorganisms that can grow rapidly in total parenteral nutrition (TPN) solutions, we investigated the growth of the major causes of catheter-related blood stream infection (Staphylococcus aureus, Serratia marcescens, Bacillus cereus, and Candida albicans) in TPN solutions containing lipid. METHODS The pH value of a TPN(More)
The effect of thymol on the ATPase activity of myosin subfragment-1 (S1) and on the contractile properties of skinned skeletal muscle fibers was studied. At concentrations of 1.5-2 mM, thymol activated the S1 ATPase substantially and the actin-activated S1 ATPase modestly. At the same concentrations, the isometric force of skinned skeletal muscle fibers was(More)
To decrease the power consumption of data centers, coordinated control of air conditioners and task assignment on servers is crucial. It takes tens of minutes for changes of operational parameters of air conditioners including outlet air temperature and volume to be actually reflected in the temperature distribution in the whole data center. Proactive(More)
Low-resolution three-dimensional structures of acto-myosin subfragment-1 (S1) complexes were retrieved from X-ray fiber diffraction patterns, recorded either in the presence or absence of ADP. The S1 was obtained from various myosin-II isoforms from vertebrates, including rabbit fast-skeletal and cardiac, chicken smooth and human non-muscle IIA and IIB(More)
By using skinned-rabbit skeletal muscle fibers, the time courses of changes of thin filament-based x-ray reflections were followed at a 3.4-ms time resolution during thin-filament activation. To discriminate between the effects of calcium binding and myosin binding on thin-filament activity, measurements were performed after caged-calcium photolysis in(More)