Yasumichi Takaoka

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Molecular dynamics simulation of the hydrated dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) bilayer membrane in the liquid-crystalline phase was carried out for 5 ns to study the interaction among DMPC headgroups in the membrane/water interface region. The phosphatidylcholine headgroup contains a positively charged choline group and negatively charged phosphate and(More)
Neurocalcin (NC), a neuron-specific EF-hand Ca2+-binding protein, purified from bovine brain [Terasawa, Nakano, Kobayashi and Hidaka (1992) J. Biol. Chem. 267, 19596-19599] contains multiple isoforms. We previously cloned NCdelta from bovine brain and showed high expression in neuronal tissues [Okazaki, Watanabe, Ando, Hagiwara, Terasawa and Hidaka (1992)(More)
Membrane fusion is a key event in vesicular trafficking in every cell, and many fusion-related proteins have been identified. However, how the actual fusion event occurs has not been elucidated. By using molecular dynamics simulations we found that when even a small region of two membranes is closely apposed such that only a limited number of water(More)
This report addresses the following problems associated with the generation of computer models of phospholipid bilayer membranes using molecular dynamics simulations: arbitrary initial structures and short equilibration periods, an Ewald-induced strong coupling of phospholipids, uncertainty regarding which value should be used for surface tension to(More)
To isolate an S-adenosylmethionine (SAM)-accumulating yeast strain and to develop a more efficient method of producing SAM, we screened methionine-resistant strains using the yeast deletion library of budding yeast and isolated 123 strains. The SAM content in 81 of the 123 strains was higher than that in the parental strain BY4742. We identified ADO1(More)
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