Yuriko Yamawaki-Kataoka

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Phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase C (PI-PLC) plays a pivotal role in regulation of intracellular signal transduction from various receptor molecules. More than 10 members of human PI-PLC isoforms have been identified and classified into three classes beta, gamma, and delta, which are regulated by distinct mechanisms. Here we report identification of a(More)
A Saccharomyces cerevisiae gene encoding adenylate cyclase has been analyzed by deletion and insertion mutagenesis to localize regions required for activation by the Sa. cerevisiae RAS2 protein. The NH2-terminal 657 amino acids were found to be dispensable for the activation. However, almost all 2-amino acid insertions in the middle 600 residues comprising(More)
In the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, association with the 70-kDa cyclase-associated protein (CAP) is required for proper response of adenylyl cyclase to Ras proteins. We show here that a small segment comprising the N-terminal 36 amino acid residues of CAP is sufficient for association with adenylyl cyclase as well as for its function in the(More)
Posttranslational modification of Ras protein has been shown to be critical for interaction with its effector molecules, including Saccharomyces cerevisiae adenylyl cyclase. However, the mechanism of its action was unknown. In this study, we used a reconstituted system with purified adenylyl cyclase and Ras proteins carrying various degrees of the(More)
Ras proteins are conserved from yeasts to mammals and implicated in regulation of the actin cytoskeleton. The flightless-1 (fli-1) gene of Drosophila melanogaster and its homologs in Caenorhabditis elegans and humans encode proteins (FLI-1) comprising a fusion of a leucine-rich repeats (LRRs) domain and a gelsolin-like domain. This LRRs domain is highly(More)
Immunoglobulin class switch involves a unique recombination event that takes place at the switch (S) region which is located 5' to each constant region (C) gene of the heavy (H) chain. For example, differentiation of the B lymphocyte from a mu-chain producer to an epsilon-chain producer is mediated by the switch recombination between the S mu and S epsilon(More)
Posttranslational modification, in particular farnesylation, of Ras is crucial for activation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae adenylyl cyclase (CYR1). Based on the previous observation that association of CYR1 with cyclase-associated protein (CAP) is essential for its activation by posttranslationally modified Ras, we postulated that the associated CAP might(More)
Stimulation of a murine pre-B cell line, 70Z/3, with LPS induced sIgM expression and an increase of L kappa-chain mRNA within 12 hr. In synchronized 70Z/3 cells, the cell division cycle was 10 to 11 hr and LSP-stimulation did not affect the cell division cycle. LPS-signals given at G1/S boundary induced sIgM expression in the G2 to M-phase. On the other(More)
A yeast two-hybrid screening for Ras-binding proteins in nematode Caenorhabditis elegans has identified a guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) containing a Ras/Rap1A-associating (RA) domain, termed Ce-RA-GEF. Both Ce-RA-GEF and its human counterpart Hs-RA-GEF possessed a PSD-95/DlgA/ZO-1 (PDZ) domain and a Ras exchanger motif (REM) domain in addition to(More)
Phospholipase C is a key enzyme of intracellular signal transduction in the central nervous system. We and others recently discovered a novel class of phospholipase C, phospholipase Cepsilon, which is regulated by Ras and Rap small GTPases. As a first step toward analysis of its function, we have examined the spatial and temporal expression patterns of(More)