Tomomi Sekine

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Polo-like kinase 1 (Plk1) is one of the key regulators of mitotic cell division. In addition to an N-terminal protein kinase catalytic domain, Plk1 possesses a phosphopeptide binding domain named polo box domain (PBD) at its C terminus. PBD is postulated to be essential for Plk1 localization and substrate targeting. Here, we developed a high-throughput(More)
The recently discovered family of RGS (regulators of G protein signaling) proteins acts as GTPase activating proteins which bind to alpha subunits of heterotrimeric G proteins. We previously showed that a brain-specific RGS, RGS8 speeds up the activation and deactivation kinetics of the G protein-coupled inward rectifier K+ channel (GIRK) upon receptor(More)
It is now widely recognized that under certain conditions of temperature and pH (1, 2)) the Ca++-activated hydrolysis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) by myosin exhibits a biphasic response to titration of the sulfhydryl groups of the protein by organic mercurials and by N-ethylmaleimide (3-5). On the other hand, titration by these reagents results only in(More)
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are zinc-dependent endopeptidases that degrade many extracellular matrix components and that have been implicated in the pathogenesis of various human diseases including cancer metastasis. Here, we screened MMP-9 inhibitors using photo-cross-linked chemical arrays, which can detect small-molecule ligand-protein interactions(More)
The dissociation of t-butyl methacrylate-methacrylic acid copolymers in dimethyl sulfoxide was analyzed by a nonaqueous potentiometric titration technique. The negative logarithm of the dissociation constant of the monomer unit of a methacrylic acid (MAA) monotonously increased with the increasing degree of dissociation corresponding to the titrant/MAA(More)
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