Yusuke Nagashima

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Arginine methylation is a widespread posttranslational modification of proteins catalyzed by a family of protein arginine methyltransferases (PRMTs). It is well established that PRMTs are implicated in various cellular processes, but their physiological roles remain unclear. Using nematodes with a loss-of-function mutation, we show that prmt-1, the major(More)
ω-NG-monomethylarginine (MMA) and asymmetric ω-NG, ω-NG-dimethylarginine (ADMA), are endogenous competitive inhibitors for three isoforms of nitric oxide synthase (NOS). Although free methylarginines are thought to be liberated through the intracellular proteolysis of proteins methylated by protein arginine methyltransferases (PRMTs), the degradation(More)
Histamine (HA), a mediator of inflammation, type I allergic responses and neurotransmission, is synthesized from L-histidine, the reaction of which is catalyzed by histidine decarboxylase (HDC). HDC has been reported to be induced by various stimuli, not only in mast cells and basophils, but also in T lymphocytes and(More)
This study clarifies how network structures in multiplex networks affect the emerging cooperative behavior among individuals. For this purpose, we conduct experiments of prisoner’s dilemma on multiplex networks that are composed of two layers. Each layer is selected from three networks: a random network, small-world network, and scale-free network. We find(More)
Six aldo-keto reductases from rat adrenal gland have been highly purified to apparent homogeneity. These enzymes were identified as carbonyl reductases (CR-K1, CR-K2, CR-A, and CR-B), aldehyde reductase (AR-H), and aldose reductase (AR-L) in terms of substrate specificity, molecular weight (33,000-39,000), inhibitor susceptibility, cofactor requirement, and(More)
Changes in carbonyl reductase (CR) activity towards seven substrates in adrenal glands of female rats were investigated during estrous cycle and the circadian patterns of adrenal CR activity towards seven substrates in male rats were examined. The localization of the enzyme protein in the adrenal gland was carried out by immunohistochemistry. In female(More)
Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy globally affect 6-8% of gestation and remain a major cause of both foetal and maternal morbidity and mortality. However, the antihypertensive medications for the patients of this disease are strictly limited due to the teratogenic potentials. Here, we found that tele-methylhistamine (tMH) increased in response to the(More)
Phospholipase D (PLD) catalyzes the hydrolysis of phosphatidylcholine (PC), the most abundant phospholipids of plasma membrane, resulting in the production of choline and phosphatidic acid (PA). Choline is a precursor of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, whereas PA functions as an intracellular lipid mediator of diverse biological functions. For assessing(More)
Since serotonin, homocysteine and oxytocin are known to fluctuate during mammalian gestation, we screened amines altered in pregnant-associated hypertensive (PAH) mice by tagging their amino groups with 6-aminoquinoline carbamoyl (AQC) group in concert with ultra high-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC). Interestingly, a candidate amine significantly(More)
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