Yasunori Fukuda

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CXCR4 is a coreceptor of HIV-1 infection in host cells. Through a photocrosslinking study to identify receptors involved in internalization of oligoarginine cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs), we found that CXCR4 serves as a receptor that stimulates macropinocytic uptake of the arginine 12-mer peptide (R12) but not of the 8-mer. We also found that stimulating(More)
Emphysematous cystitis is a rare condition characterized by air formation in and around the bladder wall by gas-forming organisms. Although diabetes mellitus and chronic urinary infection, which are frequently encountered in patients with endstage renal disease (ESRD), are predisposing factors for this entity, emphysematous cystitis is actually not common(More)
Lysosomal protein degradation via autophagy strictly regulates cellular protein homoeostasis. Herein we performed high-content screening to identify compounds that inhibit autophagy pathways. We obtained 11 hit compounds and performed cluster analysis using cellular morphological information. Vacuolin-1, which induces the formation of giant vacuoles and is(More)
Dedicator of cytokinesis 2 (DOCK2) is a key molecule for lymphocyte activation and migration. DOCK2 interacts with Ras-related C3 botulinus toxin substrate 1 (Rac1, GTPase) and mediates the GDP-GTP exchange reaction, indicating that inhibitors against protein-protein interaction (PPI) between DOCK2 and Rac1 would be good drug candidates for treating(More)
In drug discovery research, cell-based phenotypic screening is an essential method for obtaining potential drug candidates. Revealing the mechanism of action is a key step on the path to drug discovery. However, elucidating the target molecules of hit compounds from phenotypic screening campaigns remains a difficult and troublesome process. Simple and(More)
Accurate prediction of drug-induced renal toxicity is necessary for development of safer drugs for patients. Cellular assay systems that recapitulate physiologically relevant microenvironments have been proposed for correct estimation of drug responses in the human body. However, establishment of such assay systems for accurate prediction of renal toxicity(More)
Protein-protein interaction between dedicator of cytokinesis 2 (DOCK2) and Ras-related C3 botulinum toxin substrate 1 (Rac1) is an attractive intracellular target for transplant rejection and inflammatory diseases. Recently, DOCK2-selective inhibitory peptides have been discovered, and conjugation with oligoarginine cell-penetrating peptide (CPP) improved(More)
Keap1 constitutively binds to the transcription factor Nrf2 to promote its degradation, resulting in negative modulation of genes involved in cellular protection against oxidative stress. Keap1 is increasingly recognized as an attractive target for treating diseases involving oxidative stress, including cancer, atherosclerosis, diabetes, arthritis, and(More)
In this paper, we propose an autonomous transmission timing control scheme for collision avoidance in ad hoc multicasting. In ad hoc multicasting, packet collisions due to hidden node problems at upstream nodes cause packet losses at all downstream nodes. Therefore, collision avoidance mechanisms are important to improve packet delivery ratio at destination(More)
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