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Genomic data regarding the nucleoside diphosphate (NDP) kinase genes have been accumulated from diverged phyla. Comparison of their regulatory sequences have shed light on the multiple facets of gene regulation systems. Phylogenetic studies, including CpG island and intron-mapping, and homologous sequence comparison, have suggested that the regions of the(More)
The role of nucleoside diphosphate (NDP) kinase with special reference to mammalian signal transduction systems was described. The interaction between NDP kinases and G proteins was reevaluated in view of their protein structural information and its significance was extended further on the basis of recent findings obtained with small molecular weight G(More)
Mast cell degranulation is a dynamic, highly organized process involving numerous signaling molecules and enzymes. Although the molecular mechanisms underlying antigen-mediated mast cell degranulation have been studied intensively, little is known about the transcriptional control of this process. Here, we show that the hematopoietic transcription factors(More)
GATA-1 is a lineage-restricted transcription factor that plays essential roles in hematopoietic development. The Gata1 gene hematopoietic enhancer allowed Gata1 reporter expression in erythroid cells and megakaryocytes of transgenic mice. The Gata1 hematopoietic enhancer activity is strictly dependent on a GATA site located in the 5' region of the enhancer.(More)
Although previous studies have shown that GATA1 is required for mast cell differentiation, the effects of the complete ablation of GATA1 in mast cells have not been examined. Using conditional Gata1 knockout mice (Gata1(-/y)), we demonstrate here that the complete ablation of GATA1 has a minimal effect on the number and distribution of peripheral tissue(More)
GATA2 plays a crucial role for the mast cell fate decision. We herein demonstrate that GATA2 is also required for the maintenance of the cellular identity in committed mast cells derived from mouse bone marrow (BMMCs). The deletion of the GATA2 DNA binding domain (GATA2ΔCF) in BMMCs resulted in a loss of the mast cell phenotype and an increase in the number(More)
The zinc finger transcription factors GATA1 and GATA2 participate in mast cell development. Although the expression of these factors is regulated in a cell lineage-specific and differentiation stage-specific manner, their regulation during mast cell development has not been clarified. Here, we show that the GATA2 mRNA level was significantly increased while(More)
Infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy (INAD) is a rare autosomal recessive hereditary neurodegenerative disease of humans. So far, no responsible gene has been cloned or mapped to any chromosome. For chromosome mapping and positional cloning of the responsible gene, establishment of an animal model would be useful. Here we describe a new mouse model for INAD,(More)
Mast cells have been suggested to play key roles in adipogenesis. We herein show that the expression of preadipocyte, but not adipocyte, marker genes increases in the white adipose tissue of mast cell-deficient (Kit(W-sh/W-sh) ) mice under both obese and non-obese conditions. In vitro culturing with adipogenic factors revealed increased adipocytes(More)
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