Yoshiaki Fujita

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A new approach to the deformation modeling of viscoehwtic objects for their shape control is presented. Manipulative operations of viscoeiastic objects can be found in many industrial fields such as food indust~ and medical product industry. Automatic operations of viscoelastic objects are eagerly requirwd in these jields. Since viscoelastic objects deform(More)
The aminopeptidase activities of snake venoms from Gloydius blomhoffi brevicaudus, Gloydius halys blomhoffii, Trimeresurus flavoviridis, Bothrops jararaca and Crotalus atrox were investigated. Aminopeptidase A (APA), aminopeptidase B and aminopeptidase N activities were present in all snake venoms. The strongest APA activity was found in venom from G.(More)
The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) is a member of the basic helix-loop-helix/Per-Arnt-Sim (bHLH/PAS) family of transcription factors. Although this receptor has been known to mediate the toxic effects of environmental pollutants, its physiological functions remain elusive. Here, we describe the isolation and expression pattern of the Xenopus AHR gene. The(More)
Diabetic polyneuropathy is a major complication of diabetes and the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy. Sensory-dominant neuropathy is the most common type. We previously used streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic ddY mice with sensory neuropathy to evaluate the therapeutic effects of vascular endothelial growth factor and placental growth factor(More)
Snake venom is known to contain an abundance of enzyme isoforms, and various disorders associated with envenomation have been ascribed partially to their diversified functions. Crude venom of Bothrops jararaca was subjected to conventional two-dimensional SDS-PAGE, followed by immunoblot analysis using an antiserum raised against KN-BJ 2, a serine(More)
Bothrops protease A (BPA) is a serine peptidase isolated from the venom of Bothrops jararaca. Unlike many venom enzymes, it is stable at pHs between 3 and 9 and resists heating at 86 degrees C for 10 min. Mature snake venom serine peptidases of the chymotrypsin family are in general glycoproteins composed of around 232 amino acids and their molecular masses(More)
Placental growth factor-2 (PlGF-2) exhibits neurotrophic activity in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons through the neuropilin-1 (NP-1) receptor in vitro. To examine the potential utility of PlGF-2 therapy for treating diabetic neuropathy, we performed intramuscular PlGF-2 gene transfer by electroporation, and examined its effects on sensory neuropathy in(More)
In crotaline venoms, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors [ACEIs, also known as bradykinin potentiating peptides (BPPs)], are products of a gene coding for an ACEI/BPP-C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) precursor. In the genes from Bothrops jararaca and Gloydius blomhoffii, ACEI/BPP sequences are repeated. Sequencing of a cDNA clone from venom glands of(More)
1 I n t r o d u c t i o n In food industry, we can find many manipulative operations that deal with deformable rheologic materials such as dough, paste, jelly, and meat. Most these operations are done by humans. Especially, operations with large deformation of rheologic objects depend upon humans. For example, forming of pizza dough to a thin circular shape(More)
In order to obtain cDNA clones coding for CYP4 proteins in frog Xenopus laevis, degenerate primers were designed utilizing the conserved sequences of known CYP4s and were used to amplify partial cDNA fragments from liver mRNA. Five new CYP genes were identified. Three of these genes, XL-1, -2 and -3, were assigned to the CYP4T subfamily found previously in(More)
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