Toshio Watanabe

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A microsatellite-based high-density genetic map facilitates for fine mapping of hereditary traits of interest, characterization of meiosis, and providing a foundation for physical map construction. Here, we developed a comprehensive genetic map on the basis of >880,000 genotypes across the USDA MARC cattle reference families with a potential genetic(More)
A bovine whole genome 7000-rad radiation hybrid (RH) panel, SUNbRH(7000-rad), was constructed to build a high-resolution RH map. The Shirakawa-USDA linkage map served as a scaffold to construct a framework map of 3216 microsatellites on which 2377 ESTs were ordered. The resulting RH map provided essentially complete coverage across the genome, with 1 cR7000(More)
To map quantitative trait loci (QTL) for growth and carcass traits in a purebred Japanese Black cattle population, we conducted multiple QTL analyses using 15 paternal half-sib families comprising 7860 offspring. We identified 40 QTL with significant linkages at false discovery rates of less than 0.1, which included 12 for intramuscular fat deposition(More)
Growth-related traits have been mapped on bovine chromosome 6 (BTA 6) in various bovine breed populations. We previously mapped a significant quantitative trait locus (QTL) for carcass and body weight (CW-2) between 38 and 55 cM on BTA 6 using a Japanese Black half-sib family. Additional QTL mapping studies detected four QTL for body or carcass weight that(More)
A method is proposed for controlling the tactile sensation of surface roughness. This method creates a smoother feeling on a surface by applying ultrasonic vibration, with a few micrometers amplitude, to the surface. The sensation can thus be controlled without altering the actual surface profile. Experiments using five to ten subjects showed the properties(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Epidemiological studies have shown that 10-48% of people in developed countries have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms such as heartburn and acid regurgitation. The present study aimed to examine the prevalence of GERD symptoms and GERD in Japanese subjects. METHODS A cross-sectional study of Japanese subjects who visited(More)
We previously mapped a quantitative trait locus for carcass weight, designated Carcass Weight-1 (CW-1), to bovine Chromosome 14 using a purebred Wagyu pedigree based on progeny design analysis. To refine the critical region within 8.1 cM flanked by microsatellites BMS1941 and INRA094, we constructed a bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) contig composed of(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS With capsule endoscopy, the ulcerogenic effect of low-dose enteric-coated aspirin on the small bowel and the therapeutic effect of misoprostol on intestinal injury were evaluated. METHODS Eleven patients who developed gastric ulcers while undergoing low-dose enteric-coated aspirin therapy were enrolled. They continued aspirin therapy(More)
BACKGROUND Enterobacteria and cytokines both play roles in the pathophysiology of NSAID-induced enteropathy. Toll-like receptor (TLR) 4 recognises lipopolysaccharide (LPS), resulting in activation of an inflammatory cascade via the accessory protein MyD88. AIMS To investigate role of TLR4 in inflammatory responses in indomethacin-induced enteropathy. (More)
We recently reported that SMAP1, a GTPase-activating protein (GAP) for Arf6, directly interacts with clathrin and regulates the clathrin-dependent endocytosis of transferrin receptors from the plasma membrane. Here, we identified a SMAP1 homologue that we named SMAP2. Like SMAP1, SMAP2 exhibits GAP activity and interacts with clathrin heavy chain (CHC).(More)