Yuji T Katagiri

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Mesenchymal-epithelial transitions (MET) are crucial for vertebrate organogenesis. The roles of Rho family GTPases in such processes during actual development remain largely unknown. By electroporating genes into chick presomitic mesenchymal cells, we demonstrate that Cdc42 and Rac1 play important and different roles in the MET that generates the vertebrate(More)
The molecular mechanisms responsible for differential neuronal vulnerability to ischemic injury are incompletely understood. Previous studies have reported that the expression and activity of protein kinase C (PKC), some subtypes of which are activated by Ca(2+) and diacylglycerol (DG), are altered after ischemic insults. Therefore, DG kinase (DGK), which(More)
Diacylglycerol kinase (DGK) catalyzes phosphorylation of diacylglycerol to generate phosphatidic acid, and both molecules are known to serve as second messengers as well as important intermediates for the synthesis of various lipids. In this study, we investigated the spatiotemporal expression patterns of DGK isozymes together with the developmental changes(More)
S-adenosyl-L-methionine:norcoclaurine 6-O-methyltransferase (norcoclaurine 6-O-methyltransferase), which catalyzes the transfer of the S-methyl group of S-adenosyl-L-methionine to the 6-hydroxyl group of 1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-1-[(4-hydroxyphenyl)methyl]-6,7- isoquinolinediol (norcoclaurine), was purified from cultured Coptis japonica cells and its enzymic(More)
Since ascidians, a primitive chordate, spawn at a fixed latency after sunrise, light must regulate a biological clock for reproduction in the ascidians. A retinal protein found in the cerebral ganglion of the ascidian is a candidate for the photoreceptor that might drives the change in gonadal activity via the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) system.(More)
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