Takushi Nagata

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Although some species of Streptocarpus (Gesneriaceae) do not possess a layered shoot apical meristem (SAM), but three individual meristems, the basal meristem (BM), the petiolode meristem (PM) and the groove meristem (GM) on the petiolode from which additional phyllomorphs are formed. To gain insights into the processes involved, we examined the development(More)
Difference Fourier transform infrared spectra were recorded between mutants of rhodopsin and their batho products. The pigments studied were single and combined mutants of intramembrane residues of bovine rhodopsin: Asp83, Glu113, Gly120, Gly121, and Glu122. Previous studies [Nagata, T., Terakita, A., Kandori, H., Kojima, D., Shichida, Y., and Maeda, A.(More)
Difference FTIR spectra in the conversion of rhodopsin or isorhodopsin to bathorhodopsin were recorded for recombinant wild-type and E113Q bovine rhodopsins. Differences in various vibrational modes between E113Q and the wild-type proteins whose Schiff bases interact with chloride and Glu113, respectively, were analyzed. Water molecules in rhodopsin that(More)
A highly active and enantioselective titanium-catalyzed cyanation of imines at room temperature is described. The catalyst used is a partially hydrolyzed titanium alkoxide (PHTA) precatalyst together with a readily available N-salicyl-beta-aminoalcohol ligand. Up to 98% ee was obtained with quantitative yields in 15 min of reaction time using 5 mol % of the(More)
The highly enantioselective borohydride reduction of aromatic ketones or imines to the corresponding alcohols was developed in the presence of a catalytic amount of an optically active cobalt(II) complex catalyst. This enantioselective reduction is carried out using a precisely premodified borohydride with alcohols such as tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol,(More)
The key reactive intermediate of borohydride reduction catalyzed by Schiff base-cobalt complexes is proposed to be the dichloromethylcobalt hydride with a sodium cation, based on experimental and theoretical studies. It was revealed that chloroform is not the solvent but the reactant that activates the cobalt catalyst. The substrate carbonyl compounds are(More)
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