Yasushi Kikuta

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Isolation of cDNA clones for human leukotriene B4 (LTB4) omega-hydroxylase clearly demonstrates that the hydroxylase is a member of the cytochrome P-450 (CYP) superfamily. cDNA clones isolated from a human leukocyte cDNA library with CYP4A4 cDNA as a probe encode a protein of 520 amino acids with a molecular weight of 59,805. The deduced amino acid sequence(More)
We previously reported the cloning of a human liver leukotriene B(4) (LTB(4)) omega-hydroxylase P450 designated CYP 4F2 [Kikuta et al. (1994) FEBS Lett. 348, 70-74]. However, the properties of CYP 4F2 remain poorly defined. The preparation solubilized using n-octyl-beta-D-glucopyranoside from microsomes of CYP 4F2-expressing yeast cells catalyzes v-(More)
We previously reported the cDNA cloning of a new CYP4F isoform, CYP4F11. In the present study, we have expressed CYP4F11 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and examined its catalytic properties towards endogenous eicosanoids as well as some clinically relevant drugs. CYP4F3A, also known as a leukotriene B4 omega-hydroxylase, was expressed in parallel for(More)
In mammalian tissues and cells, a characteristic of phosphatidylinositol (PI) is a high abundance of arachidonic acid (AA) relative to the other phospholipids. In this study, we investigated the effects of supplementation of several polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) on the AA concentration of the PI fraction using a cultured cell system. Neither(More)
This study reports that Cyp3a41 gene contains 13 exons and is localized on the chromosome 5. CYP3A41 is a female-specific isoform that is predominantly expressed in the liver. Estrogen signaling is not responsible for its female specificity. CYP3A41 expression in kidney and brain is observed only in 50% of mice examined. PXR mediates dexamethasone-dependent(More)
Recombinant human neutrophil leukotriene B4 (LTB4) omega-hydroxylase (cytochrome P450 4F3) has been purified to a specific content of 14. 8 nmol of P450/mg of protein from yeast cells. The purified enzyme was homogenous as judged from the SDS-PAGE, with an apparent molecular weight of 55 kDa. The enzyme catalyzed the omega-hydroxylation of LTB4 with a Km of(More)
CYP4F1 was discovered by Chen and Hardwick (Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 300, 18-23, 1993) as a new CYP4 cytochrome P450 (P450) preferentially expressed in rat hepatomas. However, the catalytic function of this P450 remained poorly defined. We have purified recombinant CYP4F1 protein to a specific content of 12 nmol of P450/mg of protein from transfected yeast(More)
Laurate omega-hydroxylase activity of human liver microsomes was strongly inhibited by an antibody against rabbit fatty acid omega-hydroxylase P450 4A5, and Western blot analysis with this antibody showed the presence of two immunochemically related proteins with apparent molecular weights of approximately 50 and 52 kDa in all of 14 human liver specimens(More)
Omega and subterminal hydroxylations of prostaglandins (PGs), leukotriene B4 (LTB4) and some related eicosanoids are catalyzed by the cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes belonging to the CYP4A and CYP4F subfamilies. CYP4A4, which is induced in pregnant rabbits, is the only elucidated PGE omega-hydroxylase within the CYP4A subfamily. CYP4F3 is the most tissue(More)
1. The effect of external Na+ concentration on p-aminohippurate uptake by isolated kidneys of newt (Triturus pyrrhogaster) was studied kinetically and electrophysiologically. 2. p-Aminohippurate uptake conformed to Michaelis-Menten type kinetics in regard to both p-aminohippurate and Na+ concentrations in the incubation medium. Kinetic studies revealed that(More)