Toru Matsu-ura

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The inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP(3)) receptors (IP(3)Rs) are IP(3)-gated Ca(2+) channels on intracellular Ca(2+) stores. Herein, we report a novel protein, termed IRBIT (IP(3)R binding protein released with inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate), which interacts with type 1 IP(3)R (IP(3)R1) and was released upon IP(3) binding to IP(3)R1. IRBIT was purified from(More)
Binding of inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP(3)) to the amino-terminal region of IP(3) receptor promotes Ca(2+) release from the endoplasmic reticulum. Within the amino terminus, the first 220 residues directly preceding the IP(3) binding core domain play a key role in IP(3) binding suppression and regulatory protein interaction. Here we present a crystal(More)
We report ultrasensitive Ca(2+) indicators, yellow cameleon-Nano (YC-Nano), developed by engineering the Ca(2+)-sensing domain of a genetically encoded Ca(2+) indicator, YC2.60 or YC3.60. Their high Ca(2+) affinities (K(d) = 15-140 nM) and large signal change (1,450%) enabled detection of subtle Ca(2+) transients associated with intercellular signaling(More)
We previously reported that TIP49a is a novel mammalian DNA helicase showing structural similarity with the bacterial recombination factor RuvB. In this study, we isolated a new TIP49a-related gene, termed TIP49b, from human and yeast cells. TIP49b also resembled RuvB, thus suggesting that TIP49a and TIP49b are included in a gene family. Like TIP49a, TIP49b(More)
We developed genetically encoded fluorescent inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) sensors that do not severely interfere with intracellular Ca2+ dynamics and used them to monitor the spatiotemporal dynamics of both cytosolic IP3 and Ca2+ in single HeLa cells after stimulation of exogenously expressed metabotropic glutamate receptor 5a or endogenous histamine(More)
Metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR)-dependent calcium ion (Ca²+) signaling in astrocytic processes regulates synaptic transmission and local blood flow essential for brain function. However, because of difficulties in imaging astrocytic processes, the subcellular spatial organization of mGluR-dependent Ca²+ signaling is not well characterized and its(More)
Inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP(3)) is generally viewed as a global messenger that increases cytosolic calcium ion (Ca(2+)) concentration. However, the spatiotemporal dynamics of IP(3) and the functional significance of localized IP(3) production in cell polarity remain largely unknown. Here, we demonstrate the critical role of spatially restricted IP(3)(More)
Efficient gene editing is a critical tool for investigating molecular mechanisms of cellular processes and engineering organisms for numerous purposes ranging from biotechnology to medicine. Recently developed RNA-guided CRISPR/Cas9 technology has been used for efficient gene editing in various organisms, but has not been tested in a model filamentous(More)
The inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP(3)) receptor (IP(3)R) is an intracellular IP(3)-gated calcium (Ca(2+)) release channel and plays important roles in regulation of numerous Ca(2+)-dependent cellular responses. Many intracellular modulators and IP(3)R-binding proteins regulate the IP(3)R channel function. Here we identified G-protein-coupled receptor(More)
Activity-dependent synaptic plasticity has been thought to be a cellular basis of memory and learning. The late phase of long-term potentiation (L-LTP), distinct from the early phase, lasts for up to 6 h and requires de novo synthesis of mRNA and protein. Many LTP-related genes are enhanced in the hippocampus during pentyrenetetrazol (PTZ)- and kainate(More)