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Ran/TC4 is a small nuclear G protein that forms a complex with the chromatin-bound guanine nucleotide release factor RCC1 (ref. 2). Loss of RCC1 causes defects in cell cycle progression, RNA export and nuclear protein import. Some of these can be suppressed by overexpression of Ran/TC4 (ref. 1), suggesting that Ran/TC4 functions downstream of RCC1. We have(More)
  • T Seki, Y Arai
  • 1993
We have found in the adult rat that the persistent expression of a highly polysialylated neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM-H) that is generally specific to developing tissues, remains restrictively in the cells of the deepest portion of the dentate granular layer. Since the granule cells are known to continue to be generated in this region during the(More)
The Ran protein is a small GTPase that has been implicated in a large number of nuclear processes including transport. RNA processing and cell cycle checkpoint control. A similar spectrum of nuclear activities has been shown to require RCC1, the guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) for Ran. We have used the Xenopus laevis egg extract system and in vitro(More)
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is the most potent mitogen for mature parenchymal hepatocytes in primary culture, and seems to be a hepatotrophic factor that acts as a trigger for liver regeneration after partial hepatectomy and liver injury. The partial purification and characterization of HGF have been reported. We have demonstrated that pure HGF from rat(More)
  • S P Oh, T Seki, +8 authors E Li
  • 2000
The activin receptor-like kinase 1 (ALK1) is a type I receptor for transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) family proteins. Expression of ALK1 in blood vessels and mutations of the ALK1 gene in human type II hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia patients suggest that ALK1 may have an important role during vascular development. To define the function of(More)
ATP-sensitive K+ (KATP) channels are therapeutic targets for several diseases, including angina, hypertension, and diabetes. This is because stimulation of KATP channels is thought to produce vasorelaxation and myocardial protection against ischemia, whereas inhibition facilitates insulin secretion. It is well known that native KATP channels are inhibited(More)
Unlike most neurones, the dentate granule cells continue to be produced in adults. Recently our study has demonstrated that a highly polysialylated neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM-H) is a reliable molecular marker for newly generated and developing dentate granule cells. Here we examined age-related changes in the number of newly generated and(More)
The neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) is a cell surface glycoprotein which is thought to mediate cell adhesion and recognition. During developmental stages, NCAM is highly polysialylated (NCAM-H) by a unique alpha-2,8-linked polysialic acid chain (PSA), and this PSA portion of NCAM-H has been found to be closely associated with various developmental(More)
The mature form of Alzheimer's beta-amyloid precursor protein (APP) is phosphorylated specifically at Thr(668) in neurons. In mature neurons, phosphorylated APP is detected in neurites, with dephosphorylated APP being found mostly in the cell body. In vitro, active cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5) phosphorylated the cytoplasmic domain of APP at Thr(668).(More)
To investigate the association between autoimmune hepatitis and HLA alleles in Japanese patients, serological typing and class II genotyping were performed using the polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphisms (PCR-RFLP) method. Serological typing showed that HLA-B54, -DR4, -DR53, and -DQ4 were significantly more frequent in patients(More)