Tetsuro Takano

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We present a method for estimating the vocal-tract area function from specified formant frequencies. The method extends the work of Story (J.A.S.A., 119, 715-718, 1996) based on a sensitivity function representing the change in the formant frequency due to a small perturbation of the cross-sectional area of the vocal tract. Our method estimates the(More)
The interaction of amphotericin B (AmB) with fungal ergosterol (Erg) is stronger than its interaction with mammalian cholesterol (Cho), and this property of AmB as an antifungal drug is thought to be responsible for its selective toxicity toward fungi. However, the mechanism by which AmB recognizes the structural differences between sterols, particularly(More)
Amphotericin B (AmB) is one of the most efficient antimycotic drugs used in clinical practice. AmB interacts with membrane sterols increasing permeability of fungal membranes; however, it is still unclear how AmB selectively recognizes the fungal sterol, ergosterol (Erg), over other sterols in cell membranes. In this study, we investigated the effect of an(More)
The effect of phospholipid head group on the membrane-permeabilizing activity of amphotericin B (AmB) was examined using 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC) liposomes and 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylglycerol (POPG) liposomes. The activity of AmB was evaluated as K(+) influx measured as pH change inside liposomes by(More)
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