Tomoko Yamasaki

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The B3 DNA binding domain is shared amongst various plant-specific transcription factors, including factors involved in auxin-regulated and abscisic acid-regulated transcription. Herein, we report the NMR solution structure of the B3 domain of the Arabidopsis thaliana cold-responsive transcription factor RAV1. The structure consists of a seven-stranded open(More)
The WRKY proteins comprise a major family of transcription factors that are essential in pathogen and salicylic acid responses of higher plants as well as a variety of plant-specific reactions. They share a DNA binding domain, designated as the WRKY domain, which contains an invariant WRKYGQK sequence and a CX4-5CX22-23HXH zinc binding motif. Herein, we(More)
Ethylene-insensitive3 (EIN3) and EIN3-like (EIL) proteins are essential transcription factors in the ethylene signaling of higher plants. The EIN3/EIL proteins bind to the promoter regions of the downstream genes and regulate their expression. The location of the DNA-binding domain (DBD) in the primary structure was unclear, since the proteins show no(More)
The superoxide-producing NAD(P)H oxidase Nox4 was initially identified as an enzyme that is highly expressed in the kidney and is possibly involved in oxygen sensing and cellular senescence. Although the oxidase is also abundant in vascular endothelial cells, its role remains to be elucidated. Here we show that Nox4 preferentially localizes to the nucleus(More)
Adult onset Still's disease (AOSD) is a rheumatoid disorder characterized by polyarthritis, intermittent high fever, and salmon colored rashes. Liver dysfunction is usually mild and fulminant liver failure is rare. We describe a 20-year-old woman with AOSD and severe hepatic necrosis leading to hepatic failure requiring liver transplant. This severe liver(More)
Protein kinase C (PKC) plays a prominent role in immune signaling. To elucidate the signal transduction in a respiratory burst and isoform-specific function of PKC during FcgammaR-mediated phagocytosis, we used live, digital fluorescence imaging of mouse microglial cells expressing GFP-tagged molecules. betaI PKC, epsilonPKC, and diacylglycerol kinase (DGK)(More)
Special AT-rich sequence binding protein 1 (SATB1) regulates gene expression essential in immune T-cell maturation and switching of fetal globin species, by binding to matrix attachment regions (MARs) of DNA and inducing a local chromatin remodeling. Previously we have revealed a five-helix structure of the N-terminal CUT domain, which is essentially the(More)
The phagocyte NADPH oxidase is dormant in resting cells but becomes activated during phagocytosis to produce superoxide, a precursor of microbicidal oxidants, thereby playing a crucial role in host defence. The catalytic core of this enzyme comprises the two membranous subunits gp91phox/Nox2 and p22phox. The oxidase activation requires the small GTPase Rac(More)
The WRKY family transcription factors regulate plant-specific reactions that are mostly related to biotic and abiotic stresses. They share the WRKY domain, which recognizes a DNA element (TTGAC(C/T)) termed the W-box, in target genes. Here, we determined the solution structure of the C-terminal WRKY domain of Arabidopsis WRKY4 in complex with the W-box DNA(More)
We conducted a pilot study to assess the feasibility and efficacy of immunotherapy for stage IV malignant melanoma patients resistant to conventional therapies involving vaccination with mature dendritic cells (mDCs) combined with administration of low dose interleukin-2. Autologous monocytes were harvested from a single apheresis and cultured for 7 days(More)