Yoichi Sakata

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Deficiency of ADAMTS13 is found in patients with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), and the genetic defects in the ADAMTS13 gene or the autoantibody against ADAMTS13 is thought to be responsible for the development of TTP. The clinical correlation and mechanisms of secondary ADAMTS13 deficiency in other disease states were investigated. In addition(More)
Cell biological, structural, and genetic approaches have demonstrated the presence of arabinogalactan proteins (AGPs) in the moss Physcomitrella patens and provided evidence for their function in cell expansion and specifically in the extension of apical tip-growing cells. Inhibitor studies indicated that apical cell expansion in P. patens is blocked by(More)
Many accessions (ecotypes) of Arabidopsis have been collected. Although few differences exist among their nucleotide sequences, these subtle differences induce large genetic variation in phenotypic traits such as stress tolerance and flowering time. To understand the natural variability in salt tolerance, large-scale soil pot experiments were performed to(More)
Although the moss Physcomitrella patens is known to respond to abscisic acid (ABA) by activating gene expression, the transcriptional components involved have not been characterized. Initially, we used the ABA-responsive Em promoter from wheat linked to beta-glucuronidase (GUS) to determine whether ABI3/VP1, transcriptional regulators in the ABA-signaling(More)
A porcine model of severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) promises to facilitate human cancer studies, the humanization of tissue for xenotransplantation, and the evaluation of stem cells for clinical therapy, but SCID pigs have not been described. We report here the generation and preliminary evaluation of a porcine SCID model. Fibroblasts containing a(More)
Neural stem/progenitor cells (NSPCs) migrate toward a damaged area of the central nervous system (CNS) for the purpose of limiting and/or repairing the damage. Although this migratory property of NSPCs could theoretically be exploited for cell-based therapeutics of CNS diseases, little is known of the mechanisms responsible for migratory responses of NSPCs.(More)
Vegetative desiccation tolerance is common in bryophytes, although this character has been lost in most vascular plants. The moss Physcomitrella patens survives complete desiccation if treated with abscisic acid (ABA). Group A protein phosphatases type 2C (PP2C) are negative regulators of abscisic acid signalling. Here we show that the elimination of Group(More)
Inherited deficiency of protein S encoded by the PROS1 gene constitutes an important risk factor for deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Nevertheless, although more than 200 deleterious genetic variations in PROS1 have been identified, causative point mutations of PROS1 gene are not detected in approximately half of protein S-deficient families. The present study(More)
INTRODUCTION Genetic deficiencies of PROS1, PROC, and SERPINC1 (antithrombin) are risk factors for deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Diagnosis of the inherited deficiencies of these three genes is sometimes difficult because of the phenotypic variability. This study was undertaken to reveal the frequency of nonsynonymous mutations of these three genes in Japanese(More)