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A rapid and selective purification procedure for microtubule-associated protein (MAP) 1 and MAP 2 has been established. This procedure is based upon the fact that poly(L-aspartic acid) (PLAA) can specifically remove MAP 1 from microtubules polymerized by taxol (Nakamura et al., 1989, J. Biochem. 106, 93-97). MAP 1 released by PLAA was further purified by(More)
The interaction of a protein-bound polysaccharide (PSK) with caldesmon was studied in detail using sedimentation, low-shear viscometry, electron microscopy and affinity chromatography. The binding of caldesmon to F-actin was concentration-dependently inhibited by PSK. Bundle formation of actin filaments owing to caldesmon was also inhibited by PSK.(More)
The interaction between chicken gizzard calponin and phospholipids was examined by sedimentation assay and affinity chromatography. Calponin was sedimented with phosphatidylserine (PS) and phosphatidylinositol (PI) vesicles but not with phosphatidylcholine (PC) vesicles. The apparent Kd values of calponin to PS and PI were calculated to be 1.3 x 10(6) and(More)
Chicken gizzard muscle caldesmon has been examined for ability to interact with tropomyosin from chicken gizzard muscle by using fluorescence enhancement of tropomyosin labeled with dansyl chloride (DNS) and affinity chromatography. The binding of caldesmon to tropomyosin was regulated by Ca2+ and calmodulin, i.e., at low ionic strength most of the(More)
Rat liver microsomal cytochrome P-450d was abundantly expressed in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae by using a yeast-Escherichia coli shuttle vector consisting of rat liver P-450d cDNA and yeast acid phosphatase promoter. The expressed cytochrome P-450d was immunologically crossed with rat liver P-450d. The hydroxylase activity of(More)
Microtubule-associated protein (MAP) 1 consisting of MAP 1A and 1B was purified from rat brain by the poly-L-aspartic acid (PLAA) method. We found that MAP 1 bound to F-actin in vitro up to a molar ratio of MAP 1 to actin monomers of 1:10. The apparent binding constant was about 2.7 x 10(7) M-1. In contrast to the binding of MAP 2 or tau to F-actin, the(More)
The interactions of the S100 protein (S100) with metal cations such as Ca2+, Mg2+, Zn2+ and K+ were studied by the metal n.m.r. spectroscopy. The line widths of 43Ca, 25Mg, 67Zn and 39K n.m.r. markedly increased by adding all S100s. A broad 43Ca n.m.r. band of Ca(2+)-S100a solution was not affected by Zn2+ and K+, while it was greatly decreased by adding(More)
[Purpose] This study aimed to clarify the immediate effects of a combined transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and stretching protocol. [Subjects] Fifteen healthy young males volunteered to participate in this study. The inclusion criterion was a straight leg raising range of motion of less than 70 degrees. [Methods] Subjects performed two protocols:(More)
Interactions of trifluoperazine (TFP) with S100 proteins, EF-hand type Ca2+-binding proteins, in the presence of Ca2+ and Zn2+ were studied with induced circular dichroism (CD) and fluorescence spectra. The positive CD bands of TFP were induced at around 265 nm by adding either S100a or S100a0 protein in the presence of Ca2+. No CD band of TFP was, however,(More)
Among the calcium-binding proteins from chicken gizzard smooth muscle, smooth muscle calcium-binding protein 11 (SMCaBP 11), which is an EF-hand type calcium-binding protein, can prevent Ca2+ dependent histamine release from permeabilized rat peritoneal mast cells. This activity appears to be specific since other calcium-binding proteins (CaBPs), including(More)