Yukitaka Murakami

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The periodontopathic bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis forms pigmented colonies when incubated on blood agar plates as a result of accumulation of mu-oxo haem dimer on the cell surface. Gingipain-adhesin complexes are responsible for production of mu-oxo haem dimer from haemoglobin. Non-pigmented mutants (Tn6-5, Tn7-1, Tn7-3 and Tn10-4) were isolated from(More)
The periodontal pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis colonizes largely through FimA fimbriae, composed of polymerized FimA encoded by fimA. fimA exists as a single copy within the fim gene cluster (fim cluster), which consists of seven genes: fimX, pgmA and fimA-E. Using an expression vector, fimA alone was inserted into a mutant from which the whole fim(More)
Porphyromonas gingivalis, a gram-negative obligate anaerobic bacterium, is considered to be a key pathogen in periodontal disease. The bacterium expresses Mfa1 fimbriae, which are composed of polymers of Mfa1. The minor accessory components Mfa3, Mfa4, and Mfa5 are incorporated into these fimbriae. In this study, we characterized Mfa4 using genetically(More)
Formobactin, a new free radical scavenger, was isolated from the culture of Nocardia sp. strain ND20. The structure of formobactin was determined to be a member of the nocobactin group antibiotics. Formobactin inhibited lipid peroxidation in rat brain homogenate. Formobactin also showed the activity to suppress L-glutamate toxicity in neuronal hybridoma(More)
Porphyromonas gingivalis, a periodontal pathogen, is epidemiologically associated with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). Matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP9) which degrades the extracellular matrix and basement membrane components has been implicated in invasion and metastasis of tumor cells. We previously reported that P. gingivalis promoted cellular(More)
Bacterial glycoproteins are associated with physiological and pathogenic functions of bacteria. It remains unclear whether bacterial glycoproteins can bind to specific classes of lectins expressed on host cells. Tannerella forsythia is a gram-negative oral anaerobe that contributes to the development of periodontitis. In this study, we aimed to find(More)
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