Toshinori Moriya

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Vibrio cholerae strain TSI-4 was incubated in an M9 salt solution at 15 degrees C for more than 100 days. The plate counts showed no viable cells on day 30, but a broth culture from that day showed the growth of bacteria. However, after 35 days the bacteria entered the nonculturable state, based on the assessment of both the plate counts and broth culture.(More)
We previously identified a novel angiogenic peptide, AG30, with antibacterial effects that could serve as a foundation molecule for the design of wound-healing drugs. Toward clinical application, in this study we have developed a modified version of the AG30 peptide characterized by improved antibacterial and angiogenic action, thus establishing a lead(More)
The peptide composition and antigenic cross-reactivity of partially purified and concentrated haemolysins of 16 strains of Vibrio vulnificus were examined by SDS-PAGE and immunoblotting analysis, using a monoclonal antibody (MAb), 6F8D, raised against the haemolysin. All strains produced a common peptide of 36 kDa and the MAb reacted with this peptide. In(More)
The ferritin-encoding gene (cft) of Campylobacter jejuni was cloned and sequenced. The nucleotide sequence of cft had a 501 bp open reading frame for a protein with 167 amino acids and a predicted molecular mass of 19 180 Da, and showed a high similarity to that of Helicobacter pylori and Escherichia coli ferritin genes. To determine the biological function(More)
Serratia marcescens US46, a human urinary tract isolate, exhibits mannose-resistant hemagglutination and agglutinates yeast cells, thereby indicating that it has two types of adhesins. We constructed a cosmid library for the DNA of this organism and isolated DNA clones carrying genes for mannose-sensitive (MS) and mannose-resistant (MR) fimbriae. On(More)
Monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) were raised against the purified fimbriae of Serratia marcescens US46, a strain expressing three morphologically distinct fimbriae. The widths of these fimbriae were 7, 4.5, and 3 nm, respectively. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of the purified fimbriae showed three bands with molecular weights of(More)
BACKGROUND Silencing of genes using small interfering RNA (siRNA) is a recently developed strategy to regulate the synthesis of target molecules. Signal transducer and activator of transcription 6 (STAT6) is a nuclear transcription factor that mediates Th2-type immunity. METHODS To elucidate the therapeutic potential of using siRNA to inhibit STAT6 in(More)
Rat defensins were purified and tested for in vitro bactericidal assay against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Staphylococcus aureus (209P, Cowan I, Smith diffuse and Smith compact) were resistant to defensins, whereas Staphylococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus saprophyticus, Micrococcus lysodeikticus and Bacillus subtilis were less sensitive.(More)
A substance cryoprotective for Vibrio cholerae on the prawn shell surface was purified by ammonium sulfate precipitation and gel filtration. It was a protein of 81 kDa and called cryoprotective protein (CPP). The cryoprotective activity of this protein for V. cholerae was sensitive to heat at 100 C and trypsin treatment. In the presence of Mg ion the(More)