Yoshifumi Tajima

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Recently, a low molecular weight factor, which specifically stimulates sperm adenylate cyclase, was found in porcine seminal plasma (Okamura, N., and Sugita, Y. (1983) J. Biol. Chem. 258, 13056-13062). The purified factor was analyzed by 1H NMR, 13C NMR, infrared spectroscopy, and elementary analysis and identified as sodium bicarbonate. The effects of(More)
In 2005, the WHO Working Group considered odontogenic keratocyst (OKC) to be a tumor and recommended the term keratocystic odontogenic tumor (KCOT), separating the lesion from the orthokeratinizing variant, which is now considered an odontogenic cyst. We analyzed the clinicopathological features of KCOTs encountered over a period of 28 years at Meikai(More)
Mature porcine sperm preserved in the cauda epididymis are quiescent. At ejaculation, they are mixed with the seminal vesicle fluid containing HCO3- and are rapidly activated. The role of HCO3- on the sperm activation process at ejaculation was studied in vitro. HCO3- quickly increased the motility, respiration rate and cAMP content of the porcine(More)
Kinetic studies of [14C]HCO3- and [35S]SO4(2-) transport show the existence of a common transport system for the two anions on the plasma membranes of porcine epididymal sperm. Km value for bicarbonate (8.3mM) is within the range of physiological concentration of bicarbonate. The anion transport activity is dependent on the temperature but independent of(More)
The in vivo effects of ovariectomy in rats have been studied on cell proliferation and matrix synthesis in the growth plate cartilage by assessing immunohistochemically the levels of proliferating cell nuclear antigen and chondroitin sulphate proteoglycan(s). The serum levels of insulin-like growth factor-I and growth hormone were also measured by(More)
Both the adenylate cyclase activity and the motility of human sperm were stimulated by bicarbonate with the same concentration dependency. The correlation between bicarbonate levels in semen and the motility of sperm from the patients with male infertility was investigated. Bicarbonate in semen was found to originate mainly from the seminal vesicles, and a(More)
To evaluate the role of VAMP8/endobrevin in constitutive exocytosis, we have examined the exocytotic pathways of VAMP8 and human growth hormone, both GFP-tagged, by total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy (TIRF-M). Human GH-GFP and VAMP8-GFP were similarly expressed in small round vesicles and elongated tubular vesicles in HeLa cells, and were(More)
SNARE proteins are widely accepted to be involved in the docking and fusion process of intracellular vesicle trafficking. VAMP-2, syntaxin-4, and SNAP-23 are plausible candidate SNARE proteins for non-neuronal exocytosis. Thus, we examined the localization, protein-protein interaction, and intracellular trafficking of these proteins by expressing them as(More)
We evaluated the role of VAMP-2/synaptobrevin, VAMP-7/TI-VAMP, and VAMP-8/endobrevin in exocytic pathways of HSY cells, a human parotid epithelial cell line, by coexpressing these VAMP proteins tagged with green fluorescent protein (GFP) and human growth hormone (hGH) as a secretory cargo. Exocytosis of hGH was constitutive and the fluorescent signal of(More)
We applied the small interfering RNA (siRNA) technique and over-expression of a dominant-negative mutant to evaluate the role of SNAP-23, a non-neuronal isoform of SNAP-25, in constitutive exocytosis from HeLa cells. Although the protein level of SNAP-23 was reduced to less than 10% of the control value by siRNA directed against SNAP-23, exocytosis of SEAP(More)