Yasunori Yamaguchi

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Few species have been of more disputed affinities than the red or lesser panda (Ailurus fulgens), an endangered endemic Southeast Asian vegetarian member of the placental mammalian order Carnivora. This peculiar carnivoran has mostly been classified with raccoons (Procyonidae) or bears (Ursidae), grouped with the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) in(More)
Considerable long-standing controversy and confusion surround the phylogenetic affinities of pinnipeds, the largely marine group of "fin-footed" members of the placental mammalian order Carnivora. Until most recently, the two major competing hypotheses were that the pinnipeds have a single (monophyletic) origin from a bear-like ancestor, or that they have a(More)
The origin of germ cells in the ascidian is still unknown. Previously, we cloned a vasa homologue (CiVH) of Ciona intestinalis from the cDNA library of ovarian tissue by polymerase chain reaction and showed that its expression was specific to germ cells in adult and juvenile gonads. In the present study, we prepared a monoclonal antibody against CiVH(More)
Genetic characterization of a wild-derived house mouse, Mus musculus, originally collected near Lake Balkhash in the Republic of Kazakhstan, was performed by examining protein polymorphisms and nucleotide sequences for the hemoglobin beta chain (HBB) subunits. Protein electrophoresis, which was performed on a cellulose-acetate plate, showed an independent(More)
Three monoclonal antibodies against antigens that exist in the Caenorhabditis elegans germ line have previously been described. In the present study, a full-length mRNA for one of these antigens was isolated, and by sequencing its corresponding cDNA, it was predicted that the protein would show a high homology with the 90 kDa heat shock protein (HSP90) in(More)
DAF-21, a Caenorhabditis elegans homologue of Hsp90, is expressed primarily in germline cells. Although mutations in the daf-21 gene affect animal fertility, its cellular roles have remained elusive. To phenocopy daf-21 mutations, we impaired the daf-21 function by RNA interference (RNAi), and found that oocytes skipped the diakinesis arrest and displayed a(More)
Nucleotide sequences of the intron regions and UTRs (Untranslated regions) of the hemoglobin beta adult genes, b1 and b2, and of the intergenic spacer region were determined for mouse strains representing the d, p, and w1 hemoglobin haplotypes defined by protein electrophoretic analyses. The hypothesis of recombination of the b1 and b2 genes between the d(More)
Haplotypes of the beta-globin gene complex (Hbb) in laboratory mice have been defined as d, p, and s. We previously found a new haplotype w1 in wild mice collected from northwestern China. This study analyzed the nucleotide sequences of b1 and b2-globin gene cDNAs of both the p and w1 haplotypes, in comparison with those of the d haplotype. In Hbb-b1 cDNA,(More)
Protein catalogs containing a large number of proteins expressed in a variety of organs can be powerful tools for stem-cell research, because this requires accurate knowledge about how cells differentiate. Salivary gland progenitor (SGP) cells are somatic stem cells isolated from the salivary gland that can differentiate into hepatic or pancreatic cell(More)
AIM   We evaluated the efficacy of response-guided therapy in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 2. METHODS   We studied 105 patients with an HCV genotype 2 load of higher than 5.0 Log IU/mL who received more than 75% of the target dose of pegylated interferon plus ribavirin. Among patients with rapid viral response (RVR; no HCV RNA detected(More)