Yasuo Kimura

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Mitofusins and Drp1 are key components in mitochondrial membrane fusion and division, but the molecular mechanism underlying the regulation of their activities remains to be clarified. Here, we identified human membrane-associated RING-CH (MARCH)-V as a novel transmembrane protein of the mitochondrial outer membrane. Immunoprecipitation studies demonstrated(More)
Flow cytometric analysis of the nuclear DNA contents of somatic tissues from seedlings of Brassica rapa L. and B. oleracea L. revealed extensive endoreduplication, resulting in tissues that contain cells with multiple ploidy levels (also called ’endopolyploidy’). Multiples of the haploid nuclear genome complement (1C) corresponding to 2C, 4C, 8C, 16C, 32C(More)
The development of cabbage petals comprises two distinct phases: a cell division phase and a consecutive phase of cell expansion until the onset of opening. In this study, cytological changes characterizing the two phases of petal development were analysed. First, the mitotic activity and the surface area of epidermal cells during petal development were(More)
Natural seeds of Japanese horse chestnut (Aesculus turbinata Blume) contain large amounts of mixed triterpenoidal saponins called escins. Recent studies have shown that escins have several biological activities including anti-inflammatory action and inhibitory effects on the absorption of ethanol and glucose. For the edible utilization of the seeds, natural(More)
Flow cytometric analysis of the nuclear DNA contents of somatic tissues from flowers of cabbage (Brassica oleracea L.) revealed extensive endoreduplication, resulting in tissues that contain cells with multiple ploidy levels (also called ’endopolyploidy’). Multiples of the haploid nuclear genome complement (1C) corresponding to 2C, 4C, 8C, 16C, 32C and 64C(More)
New acetylenic nematicidal compound, penipratynolene (1), methy (2'R)-4-(2'-hydroxy-3'-butynoxy)benzoate, together with two known compounds, 6-methoxycarbonylpicolinic acid (2) and 2,6-pyridinedicarboxylic acid (3), were isolated from the culture filtrate of Penicillium bilaiae Chalabuda. The structures of 1-3 were established by spectroscopic methods. The(More)
New plant growth regulators, named citrinolactones A (1), B (2) and C (3) and sclerotinin C (4), were isolated from Penicillium citrinum and their structures established by spectroscopic methods including 2D NMR. Compounds 1 and 4 increased root growth in proportion to their concentration from 3 to 300 mg/l. In contrast, 2 completely inhibited root growth(More)
New plant growth regulators, named brevicompanine C (1), cyclo-(D-Ile-L-Trp) (2), and cyclo-(D-Leu-L-Trp) (3), have been isolated from Penicillium brevi-compactum Dierckx, and their structures have been established by spectroscopic methods including 2D NMR and chiral TLC analysis. Plant growth activities of 1, 2, and 3 have been examined using lettuce(More)
The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans yields a substance(s) inducing the larval diapause, called dauer-inducing pheromone. We discovered that the crude pheromone extract extends the adult lifespan in the animal. This extension does not occur in the mutant animal, in which expansion of the lifespan caused by other mutations reducing insulin signaling is(More)
Five phenolic compounds, 4-hydroxybenzoic acid methyl ester (1), vanillic acid methyl ester (2), 4-hydroxy benzaldehyde (3), 4-hydroxybenzoic acid (4) and ferulic acid (5), and four flavonoids, 5,5'-dihydroxy-4',6,7-trimethoxyflavanone (6), luteolin (7), vitexicarpin (8) and artemetin (9), were isolated from fruits and leaves of Vitex rotundifolia L. The(More)