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Cloning of the gene for undecaprenyl diphosphate synthase was successful, providing the first primary structure for any prenyltransferase that catalyzes Z-prenyl chain elongation. A genomic DNA library of Micrococcus luteus B-P 26 was constructed in Escherichia coli, and the recombinant clones were grown on nylon membranes. The membrane was incubated(More)
OBJECTIVE This study presents the MR appearances of five women with a total of six proven dermoid cysts of the ovary with malignant transformation. To our knowledge, the MR findings of this entity have not been reported. CONCLUSION The lesions appeared to be fat-containing tumors with a solid component (4/6) that extended transmurally (4/6) and(More)
  • T Koyama
  • 1999
Multiple alignments of primary structures of many kinds of prenyltransferases that participate in the most fundamental prenyl-chain backbone synthesizing process in isoprenoid biosynthesis showed seven conserved regions in the primary structures of (E)-prenyl diphosphate synthases. However, no information has been available about the structures of(More)
We recorded single neuronal activities in the anterior cingulate cortex of monkeys while they were performing discriminative pain-avoidance and reward tasks: a prediction cue was presented for 0.5-1.5 s, followed by a red or green discrimination cue (1:1, random) for 1.0 s; painful stimuli were presented if the monkey failed to respond during the red cue; a(More)
We examined effects of a high dose of methamphetamine (MA) (4.02 mg free base/kg, s.c., at 2-h intervals, 4 injections) on extracellular concentrations of monoamines such as dopamine (DA), dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC), homovanillic acid (HVA), and 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) and those of glutamate and other several amino acids in rat striatum(More)
The structural gene for thermostable farnesyl diphosphate synthase from Bacillus stearothermophilus was cloned, sequenced, and overexpressed in Escherichia coli cells. A 1,260-nucleotide sequence of the cloned fragment was determined. This sequence specifies an open reading frame of 891 nucleotides for farnesyl diphosphate synthase. The deduced amino acid(More)
The primary structure of cis-prenyltransferase is totally different from those of trans-prenyltransferases (Shimizu, N., Koyama, T., and Ogura, K. (1998) J. Biol. Chem. 272, 19476-19481). To better understand the molecular mechanism of enzymatic cis-prenyl chain elongation, we selected seven charged residues in the conserved Region V and two of Phe-Ser(More)
Typical appearances of uterine leiomyoma at magnetic resonance (MR) imaging are well established, and diagnosis is usually easy. However, cases that, are extremely difficult to differentiate from other conditions are occasionally encountered. To understand the wide spectrum of MR imaging findings, such unusual appearances can be classified into three(More)
OBJECTIVE There are two phenotypes of heart failure, systolic failure and isolated diastolic heart failure with preserved left ventricular systolic function. Although isolated diastolic heart failure frequently occurs, there are only models for diastolic dysfunction unassociated with heart failure and models with overt diastolic heart failure have not been(More)
Prenyltransferases catalyze the consecutive condensation of isopentenyl diphosphate (IPP) with allylic diphosphates to produce prenyl diphosphates whose chain lengths are absolutely determined by each enzyme. In order to investigate the mechanisms of the consecutive reaction and of the determination of ultimate chain length, a random mutational approach was(More)