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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)
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)
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)
Recently, we showed that antibodies against 70-kDa heat-shock cognate 66otein (hsc70) inhibit nuclear transport of karyophilic proteins in vivo. In this study, we examined the involvement of hsc70 in nuclear transport using a digitonin-permeabilized cell-free transport system. Depletion of the cytosolic extract required for nuclear transport of hsc70 by(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)
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)
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)
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)
Adiponectin is exclusively expressed in adipose tissue and secreted from adipocytes, and shows anti-diabetic and anti-atherogenic properties. However, the precise transcriptional mechanism of adiponectin remains elusive. In this study, the 5' flanking promoter region of human adiponectin gene was analyzed using UCSC genome browser, and a 10 390-bp fragment,(More)