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We have developed an improved REMI (restriction enzyme-mediated integration) system for generating mutant Dictyostelium cells quickly and efficiently for systematic screening of cytokinesis mutants. By means of this system, three cytokinesis mutants that grow as giant and multinucleate cells were isolated from 2,000 Dictyostelium transformants. Southern(More)
Two chromosome-integrating vectors, pLC1 and pLC2, were used. The former is the pUC19-based vector carrying the Lentinus edodes ras gene promoter and priA gene terminator, and the latter is the pBR322-based vector carrying the promoter and terminator of the priA gene. The manganese (II) peroxidase (MnP) cDNA (mnpc) derived from Pleurotus ostreatus was fused(More)
To understand the expression of NADPH oxidase components during neutrophil maturation, we examined the expression of mRNAs and proteins for NADPH oxidase components, and the superoxide-producing activity using HL-60 cells incubated with dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). Northern blot and Western blot analyses revealed that gp91(phox), p67(phox), and p47(phox) were(More)
The human neutrophil defensins (human neutrophil peptides (HNPs)), major components of azurophilic granules, contribute to innate and acquired host immunities through their potent antimicrobial activities and ability to activate T cells. Despite being encoded by nearly identical genes, HNP-1 is more abundant in the granules than HNP-3. We investigated the(More)
The Basidiomycete ras gene possesses a pyrimidine-rich stretch (CT-motif) with a short (7 bases) mirror repeat in which its major transcription start point is contained. To analyze the tertiary structure induced by the CT/AG-biased sequence and its effect on gene expression in supercoiled plasmids in Escherichia coli, the DNA fragment containing the ras(More)
The priA gene of the basidiomycete Lentinus edodes possesses a pyrimidine (CT)-rich stretch (26 bp) that includes a short (6-bp) repeat, the elements of which form a mirror repeat at and near the transcriptional initiation sites. A DNA fragment that included this sequence was inserted into pBR322, and the resulting plasmids were introduced into Escherichia(More)
Our previous studies indicated that an alternatively spliced variant mRNA of p40-phox, a cytosolic component of NADPH oxidase, is expressed but its protein is hardly detected in myeloid cells such as promyelocytic HL-60 cells and neutrophils. Here, we have examined the stability of p40-phox variant protein in undifferentiated HL-60 cells. When in(More)
NADPH oxidase, a superoxide-producing enzyme in phagocytic cells, consists of membrane-associated cytochrome b558 and cytosolic components (p47-phox, p67-phox, p40-phox, rac 1/2). Activation of NADPH oxidase is accompanied by the phosphorylation of cytosolic components (p47-phox and p67-phox). In this study, we have examined whether p40-phox, a newly(More)
Northern blot analysis using p40phox cDNA probe revealed that two sizes of p40phox mRNAs were expressed in human promyelocytic HL-60 and bone marrow cells. To characterize these mRNAs, we performed reverse transcription using total RNA from HL-60 cells, and amplified the coding region of p40phox by polymerase chain reaction with oligonucleotide primers. Two(More)
We constructed a plasmid that expresses FLO11 encoding a cell surface glycoprotein of Saccharomyces cerevisiae under the control of a constitutive promoter. This plasmid conferred pellicle-forming ability on the non-pellicle-forming industrial strain of S. cerevisiae at the air-liquid interface of the glucose-containing liquid medium. The induced(More)
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