Takuya Matsumoto

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In mammals, toxic electrolytes of endogenous and exogenous origin are excreted through the urine and bile. Before excretion, these compounds cross numerous cellular membranes in a transporter-mediated manner. However, the protein transporters involved in the final excretion step are poorly understood. Here, we show that MATE1, a human and mouse orthologue(More)
In vitro-grown apical meristems of wasabi (Wasabia japonica Matsumura) were successfully cryopreserved by vitrification. Excised apical meristems precultured on solidified M S medium containing 0.3M sucrose at 20°C for 1 day were loaded with a mixture of 2M glycerol and 0.4M sucrose for 20 min at 25°C. Cryoprotected meristems were then sufficiently(More)
Relationships among genera in the termite family Rhinotermitidae and their relationship to the families Termitidae and Serritermitidae were investigated based on analysis of three mitochondrial genes: COI, COII and 16S rDNA. Maximum Parsimony (MP) bootstrap analysis of each of these genes indicated a low level of phylogenetic incongruence between them, and(More)
Multidrug and toxic compound extrusion (MATE) proteins, comprising the most recently designated family of multidrug transporter proteins, are widely distributed in all kingdoms of living organisms, although their function is far from understood. The bacterial MATE-type transporters that have been characterized function as exporters of cationic drugs, such(More)
A randomized placebo-controlled trial was conducted to examine the effect of daily oral 1 mg minodronate on vertebral fractures in 704 postmenopausal women with established osteoporosis for 24 months. Minodronate treatment reduced vertebral fractures by 59% without serious adverse events. Minodronate is a safe and effective bisphosphonate for osteoporosis(More)
We have obtained transgenic lily (Lilium longiflorum) plants after microprojectile bombardment, using the Biolistics PDS 1000/He system, of morphogenic calli derived from bulblet scales, followed by bialaphos selection. Parameters which gave the highest transient uidA expression were used: a bombardment pressure of 1100 psi, a target distance of 6 cm and a(More)
Sorcin is a 21.6–kDa Ca2+ binding protein of the penta–EF hand family. Several studies have shown that sorcin modulates multiple proteins involved in excitation–contraction (E–C) coupling in the heart, such as the cardiac ryanodine receptor (RyR2), L–type Ca2+ channel, and Na+–Ca2+ exchanger, while it has also been shown to be phosphorylated by(More)
Yeast whole-cell biocatalysts for lipase-catalyzed reactions were constructed by intracellularly overproducing Rhizopus oryzae lipase (ROL) in Saccharomyces cerevisiae MT8–1. The gene encoding lipase from R. oryzae IFO4697 was cloned, and intracellular overproduction systems of a recombinant ROL with a pro-sequence (rProROL) were constructed. When rProROL(More)