Yoshinao Wada

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The yeast S. cerevisiae imports cytosolic components into the vacuole non-selectively by autophagy and degrades them by vacuolar hydrolases under nutrient starvation conditions. We developed a novel system for monitoring autophagy by constructing cells in which modified vacuolar alkaline phosphatase is expressed as an inactive precursor form in the cytosol.(More)
Mammalian sulfoglycolipids comprise two major members, sulfatide (HSO3-3-galactosylceramide) and seminolipid (HSO3-3-monogalactosylalkylacylglycerol). Sulfatide is a major lipid component of the myelin sheath and serves as the epitope for the well known oligodendrocyte-marker antibody O4. Seminolipid is synthesized in spermatocytes and maintained in the(More)
The vacuole constitutes a large compartment in plant and fungal cells. The VAM3 gene of Saccharomyces cerevisiae encodes a syntaxin-related protein required for vacuolar assembly. An Arabidopsis thaliana cDNA library, designed for expression in S. cerevisiae, was screened for cDNAs able to complement defective vacuolar assembly of the Deltavam3 mutation.(More)
Macrophage type-I and type-II class-A scavenger receptors (MSR-A) are implicated in the pathological deposition of cholesterol during atherogenesis as a result of receptor-mediated uptake of modified low-density lipoproteins (mLDL). MSR-A can bind an extraordinarily wide range of ligands, including bacterial pathogens, and also mediates cation-independent(More)
VAM7 gene function has shown to be required for proper morphogenesis of the vacuole in yeast. The DNA fragments that complemented the defective vacuolar morphology of the vam7-1 mutation were isolated from a yeast genomic library. An overlapping 2.5-kilobase BglII-HindIII region was found to be sufficient for complementation of the vam7-1 phenotype. This(More)
A 67 year old right handed Japanese man developed prosopagnosia caused by a haemorrhage. His only deficit was the inability to perceive and discriminate unfamiliar faces, and to recognise familiar faces. He did not show deficits in visual or visuospatial perception of non-facial stimuli, alexia, visual agnosia, or topographical disorientation. Brain MRI(More)
Autophagic protein degradation includes bulk protein turnover with dynamic membrane reorganization, in which formation of novel organelles autophagosomes play key roles. We have shown that Saccharomyces cerevisiae performs the autophagy in the vacuole, a lytic compartment of yeast, in response to various kinds of nutrient starvation. Here we show that the(More)
Meditation is a specific consciousness state in which deep relaxation and increased internalized attention coexist. There have been various neurophysiological studies on meditation. However, the personal predispositions/traits that characterize the properties of meditation have not been adequately studied. We analyzed changes in neurophysiological(More)
Recent studies have demonstrated a marked increase in the level of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in the plasma, skin and amyloid fibrils of hemodialysis (HD) patients. The presence of AGEs in (beta2m) forming amyloid fibrils has been established in a previous immunochemical study relying on a monoclonal anti-AGE antibody. In the present study,(More)