Yoshihito Watanabe

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In the course of an attempt to isolate the calmodulin-binding proteins (CaMBPs) from cilia of Tetrahymena, it was found that some CaMBPs tend to interact with axonemal microtubules. The present study demonstrates this interaction by cosedimentation experiments using in vitro polymerized Tetrahymena axonemal microtubules and Tetrahymena CaMBPs purified from(More)
The ciliary axoneme is the minimal structure responsible for Ca2+-dependent modulation of ciliary movement. We demonstrated that, in Tetrahymena ciliary axonemes, beta-tubulin was exclusively phosphorylated by an endogenous Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase(s). The phosphorylation of beta-tubulin also occurred in the outerdoublet microtubule(More)
The protein phosphatase activity of calcineurin (CaN) is activated through calcium binding to both calmodulin and the B subunit of CaN. The purpose of this study was to determine which domain(s) in the CaN B subunit is required for either binding to the CaN A subunit or for transducing the effects of B subunit Ca2+ binding to the stimulation of the CaN A(More)
We have previously shown that actin from Tetrahymena pyriformis has a very divergent primary structure (Hirono, M., Endoh, H., Okada, N., Numata, O., & Watanabe, Y. (1987) J. Mol. Biol. 194, 181-192) and that though it shares essential properties with skeletal muscle actin, it does not interact at all with phalloidin or DNase I (Hirono, M., Kumagai, Y.,(More)
Cytochromes P450 (P450s) catalyze monooxygenation of a wide range of less reactive organic molecules under mild conditions. By contrast with the general reductive oxygen activation pathway of P450s, an H2O2-shunt pathway does not require any supply of electrons and protons for the generation of a highly reactive intermediate (compound I). Because the low(More)
Given their high neuroprotective potential, ligands that block GluN2B-containing N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors by interacting with the ifenprodil binding site located on the GluN2B subunit are of great interest for the treatment of various neuronal disorders. In this study, a novel class of GluN2B-selective NMDA receptor antagonists with the(More)
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