Yukihiko Kawasaki

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The adenomatous polyposis coli gene (APC) is mutated in familial adenomatous polyposis and in sporadic colorectal tumors. Here the APC gene product is shown to bind through its armadillo repeat domain to a Rac-specific guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF), termed Asef. Endogenous APC colocalized with Asef in mouse colon epithelial cells and neuronal(More)
Cohesin complex acts in the formation and maintenance of sister chromatid cohesion during and after S phase. Budding yeast Scc1p/Mcd1p, an essential subunit, is cleaved and dissociates from chromosomes in anaphase, leading to sister chromatid separation. Most cohesin in higher eukaryotes, in contrast, is dissociated from chromosomes well before anaphase.(More)
The initiation of DNA synthesis is an important cell cycle event that defines the beginning of S phase. This critical event involves the participation of proteins whose functions are regulated by cyclin dependent protein kinases (Cdks). The Mcm2-7 proteins are a family of six conserved proteins that are essential for the initiation of DNA synthesis in all(More)
We describe a new minichromosome maintenance factor, Mcm10, and show that this essential protein is involved in the initiation of DNA replication in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The mcm10 mutant has an autonomously replicating sequence-specific minichromosome maintenance defect and arrests at the nonpermissive temperature with dumbbell morphology and 2C DNA(More)
The tumor suppressor adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) is mutated in sporadic and familial colorectal tumors. APC interacts with the Rac1-specific guanine–nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) Asef, which contains an APC-binding region (ABR) in addition to Dbl homology (DH), Pleckstrin (PH) and Src homology 3 (SH3) domains. APC stimulates the GEF activity of(More)
BACKGROUND MCM10 is essential for the initiation of chromosomal DNA replication in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Previous work showed that Mcm10p interacts with the Mcm2-7 protein complex that may be functioning as the replication-licensing factor. In addition, Mcm10p is required during origin activation and disassembly of the prereplicative complex, which(More)
AIM Recent studies have suggested that the elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) levels are associated with body fat, especially visceral adipose tissue, but most of them were investigated in Westerners who had higher body mass index (BMI) than Asians. To investigate the association between CRP concentrations, parameters of visceral obesity, the insulin(More)
Thiamin-phosphate pyrophosphorylase (TMP-PPase; EC involved in de novo synthesis of thiamin in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a bifunctional enzyme with 4-methyl-5-beta-hydroxyethylthiazole kinase (Th-kinase; EC activity, which is an octamer of identical 60-kDa subunits (Kawasaki, Y. (1993) J. Bacteriol. 175, 5153-5158). Previous study(More)
MCM2-7, a complex of six subunits, is an essential component of the prereplication chromatin that is assembled at Saccharomyces cerevisiae replication origins during G(1) phase. It is also believed to be the processive helicase at growing forks. To elucidate the action of MCM2-7 during the transition from initiation to elongation replication, we have(More)
Arginine kinase (AK) was isolated from the body wall muscle of the primitive sea anemone Anthopleura japonicus by Ultrogel AcA34 gel filtration, DEAE-32 chromatography and elution on a Cosmogel-SP column. The denatured molecular mass as determined with SDS/PAGE was 80 kDa, twice that of the usual AK subunit, indicating that this AK has an unusual two-domain(More)