Yosuke Okuno

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Reversible histone methylation and demethylation are highly regulated processes that are crucial for chromatin reorganization and regulation of gene transcription in response to extracellular conditions. However, the mechanisms that regulate histone-modifying enzymes are largely unknown. Here, we characterized a protein kinase A (PKA)-dependent histone(More)
In adipose tissue of obese mice, the expression of catalase, an anti-oxidant enzyme, significantly decreases, which may cause insufficient elimination of hydrogen peroxide, but it does not in liver or skeletal muscle. However, the precise regulatory mechanism of catalase expression in adipocytes has not been fully defined. Here, we demonstrated that adipose(More)
A major limitation of studies on the parvovirus B 19, a causative agent of transient aplastic crisis, has been the absence of appropriate cell lines permissive for the virus. In the present study, a human erythroid leukemia cell line (JK-1) was shown to support B 19 virus DNA replication in vitro. Forty-eight hours after virus inoculation of JK-1 liquid(More)
An improved rapid focus reduction neutralization test for Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus in microtiter system was developed. 96-well tissue culture plates were used for preparation of cell monolayers and PAP (peroxidase-antiperoxidase) staining technique was used for visualization of foci of infected cells. As the test has many advantages over other(More)
Obesity is associated with infiltration of macrophages into adipose tissue, and macrophages are an important source of nitric oxide (NO). Dysregulated production of fat-derived secretory factor, adipocytokine, leads to obesity-linked metabolic disorders. However, it has not been fully determined whether NO might have direct effects on adipocytokine(More)
The methylation states of histone lysine residues are regarded as significant epigenetic marks governing transcriptional regulation. A number of histone demethylases containing a jumonji C (JmjC) domain have been recognized; however, their properties remain to be investigated. Here, we show that KIAA1718, a PHF2/PHF8 subfamily member, possesses histone(More)
Obesity is associated with metabolic disorders, such as insulin resistance. Visfatin is an adipose-derived secretory factor to exert insulin-mimetic effects. Plasma visfatin levels and mRNA levels of visfatin in adipose tissues are increased in obesity. However, the mechanism that mediates induction of visfatin mRNA in adipose tissue of obesity remains(More)
Oxidative stress has been implicated as a causal role in atherosclerosis, microvascular complications of diabetes as well as in beta cell failure in type 2 diabetes. PPARgamma agonists not only improve insulin sensitivity but also eliminate oxidative stress. In mouse, catalase, a major antioxidant enzyme, is directly regulated by PPARgamma through two(More)
Musclin is a novel skeletal muscle-derived secretory factor, whose mRNA level is markedly regulated by nutritional status. In the present study, we investigated the mechanism of musclin mRNA regulation by insulin. In C2C12 myocytes, insulin-induced upregulation of musclin mRNA was significantly decreased by treatment of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)(More)
PHF2 is a JmjC family histone demethylase that removes the methyl group from H3K9me2 and works as a coactivator for several metabolism-related transcription factors. In this study, we examined the in vivo role of PHF2 in mice. We generated Phf2 floxed mice, systemic Phf2 null mice by crossing Phf2 floxed mice with CMV-Cre transgenic mice, and(More)