Yukifumi Yokota

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Transcription factors with a basic helix-loop-helix (HLH) motif have been shown to be crucial for various cell differentiation processes during development of multicellular organisms. Id proteins inhibit the functions of these transcription factors in a dominant-negative manner by suppressing their heterodimerization partners through the HLH domains.(More)
Snail family proteins are zinc finger transcriptional regulators first identified in Drosophila which play critical roles in cell fate determination. We identified a novel Snail -related gene from murine skeletalmusclecells designated Smuc. Northern blot analysis showed that Smuc was highly expressed in skeletal muscle and thymus. Smuc contains five(More)
Inhibition of germination and reduction in survival of Arabidopsis thaliana were investigated to study the effects of heavy ions on a multicellular system. Dry seeds of Col and Ler ecotypes were exposed to He, C, Ar and Ne ions with linear energy transfer (LET) in the range of 17-549 keV/micron and to electrons (LET = 0.2 keV/micron). The relative(More)
The expression of the homeobox gene Uncx4.1 in the somite is restricted to the caudal half of the newly formed somite and sclerotome. Here we show that mice with a targeted mutation of the Uncx4.1 gene exhibit defects in the axial skeleton and ribs. In the absence of Uncx4.1, pedicles of the neural arches and proximal ribs are not formed. In addition,(More)
Id proteins are thought to be negative regulators of cell differentiation and positive regulators of cell proliferation. Mammary glands of Id2(-/-) female mice reveal severely impaired lobulo-alveolar development during pregnancy. Id2(-/-) mammary epithelia show no precocious maturation, but instead exhibit intrinsic defects in both cell proliferation and(More)
Leukocytapheresis (LCAP) with a leukocyte removal filter column was administered for 45 patients with ulcerative colitis (UC). We evaluated changes in the leukocyte count and the differential percentages during LCAP. Cytokine production was assessed from each patient's peripheral mononuclear cells or monocytes. Flow cytometry was performed to assess the(More)
Thromboxane A2 is a very unstable arachidonate metabolite, yet a potent stimulator of platelet aggregation and a constrictor of vascular and respiratory smooth muscles. It has been implicated as a mediator in diseases such as myocardial infarction, stroke and bronchial asthma. Using a stable analogue of this compound we recently purified the human platelet(More)
Mammalian secretory phospholipase A(2)s (sPLA(2)s) form a family of structurally related enzymes that are involved in a variety of physiological and pathological processes via the release of arachidonic acid from membrane phospholipids or the binding to specific membrane receptors. Here, we report the cloning and characterization of a novel sPLA(2) that is(More)
The family of mammalian tachykinin receptors consists of substance P receptor (SPR), neuromedin K receptor (NKR) and substance K receptor (SKR). In this investigation, tissue and regional distributions of the mRNAs for the three rat tachykinin receptors were investigated by blot-hybridization and RNase-protection analyses using the previously cloned(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess vitrification of human blastocysts. DESIGN Retrospective study of blastocyst vitrification. SETTING A private clinic. PATIENT(S) Twenty couples with different types of infertility. INTERVENTION(S) Blastocysts were frozen with rapid vitrification and then transferred after thawing. We vitrified blastocysts using a modification of(More)