Yoshiho Nagata

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A lectin was isolated from an ascomycete mushroom, Ciborinia camelliae which was specific to N-acetyl-D-galactosamine. On SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis; this lectin gave a single band of approximately 17-kDa in the presence of 2-mercaptoethanol, but formed dimers, trimers and tetramers in its absence. Amino acid analysis revealed the lectin(More)
Pseudomonas sp. A-01, isolated as a strain with chitosan-degrading activity, produced a 28 kDa chitosanase. Following purification of the chitosanase (Cto1) and determination of its N-terminal amino acid sequence, the corresponding gene (cto1) was cloned by a reverse-genetic technique. The gene encoded a protein, composed of 266 amino acids, including a(More)
Our previous studies on the fruit body lectin of Pleurotus cornucopiae revealed the existence of three isolectins, composed of two homodimers and one heterodimer of 16- and 15-kDa subunits. In this study, two genes encoding the lectins were cloned and characterized. Both genes encoded 144 amino acids and only 5 amino acids were different within the coding(More)
Procedures for the isolation, purification, and crystallization of wheat germ agglutinin are described. The agglutinin was purified 184-fold to homogeneity from commercial wheat germ lipase. A molecular weight of 23,500 was estimated for the protein by means of sedimentation equilibrium and sodium dodecyl sulfate gel electrophoresis. The agghxtinin is a(More)
N,N'-Diacetylchitobiose [(GlcNAc)(2)] induces the transcription of chitinase (chi) genes in Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2). Physiological studies showed that (GlcNAc)(2) addition triggered chi expression and increased the rate of (GlcNAc)(2) concentration decline in culture supernatants of mycelia already cultivated with (GlcNAc)(2), suggesting that(More)
Aleuria aurantia possesses a fucose-specific lectin (AAL) that is widely used as a specific probe for fucose. Fucosylated sugars often play pivotal roles in many cellular processes. We have determined the crystal structure of AAL at 2.24 A resolution in complex with only three fucose molecules in its five sugar binding sites of a six-fold beta-propeller(More)
To identify the amino acids responsible for the substrate binding of chitosanase from Bacillus circulans MH-K1 (MH-K1 chitosanase), Tyr148 and Lys218 of the chitosanase were mutated to serine and proline, respectively, and the mutated chitosanases were characterized. The enzymatic activities of Y148S and K218P were found to be 12.5% and 0.16% of the wild(More)
A cDNA encoding tomato fruit lectin was cloned from an unripe cherry-tomato fruit cDNA library. The isolated lectin cDNA contained an open reading frame encoding 365 amino acids, including peptides that were sequenced. The deduced sequence consisted of three distinct domains: (i) an N-terminal short extensin-like domain; (ii) a Cys-rich carbohydrate binding(More)
An edible-oil degrading bacterial strain HH-01 was isolated from oil plant gummy matter and was classified as a member of the genus Bacillus on the basis of the nucleotide sequence of the 16S rRNA gene. A putative lipase gene and its flanking regions were cloned from the strain based on its similarity to lipase genes from other Bacillus spp. The deduced(More)
Fruiting-body lectin genes obtained from Pleurotus cornucopiae were expressed in Pichia pastoris Because of glycosylation of the products, their molecular mass was larger than that of the corresponding native lectins. They showed binding activity to porcine stomach mucin in the enzyme-linked lectin assay system, but did not agglutinate red blood cells.