Yuji Matsunaga

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The scrapie prion protein (PrPSc) is formed from the cellular isoform (PrPC) by a post-translational process that involves a profound conformational change. Linear epitopes for recombinant antibody Fab fragments (Fabs) on PrPC and on the protease-resistant core of PrPSc, designated PrP 27-30, were identified using ELISA and immunoprecipitation. An epitope(More)
Prion diseases are diseases of protein conformation. Structure-dependent antibodies have been sought to probe conformations of the prion protein (PrP) resulting from environmental changes, such as differences in pH. Despite the absence of such antibodies for full-length PrP, a recombinant Fab (D13) and a Fab derived from mAb 3F4 showed pH-dependent(More)
We have developed a new tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) RNA vector and have used it initially to systemically produce an angiotensin-I-converting enzyme inhibitor peptide (ACEI) in tobacco and tomato plants. This vector incorporates a six base 3′ context sequence, which permits readthrough of the stop codon for the TMV 130K protein gene, inserted between the(More)
Hairy root cultures ofAtropabelladonna were established by transformation withAgrobacterium rhizogenes 15834. Five clones of them were employed to study the production of hyoscyamine, the main constituent of the plant, together with other tropane alkaloids. The growth and alkaloid production of each clone were differently affected by basal liquid culture(More)
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