Yutaka Maeda

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The nuclei of most galaxies are now believed to harbour supermassive black holes. The motions of stars in the central few light years of our Milky Way Galaxy indicate the presence of a dark object with a mass of about 2.6 x 106 solar masses (refs 2, 3). This object is spatially coincident with the compact radio source Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) at the(More)
Modeling studies of a furo[2,3-d]pyrimidine GSK-3 hit compound 1 superimposed onto the X-ray crystal structure of a legacy pyrazolo[3,4-c]pyridazine GSK-3 inhibitor 2 led to the identification of 4-acylamino-6-arylfuro[2,3-d]pyrimidine template 3. Synthesis of analogues based on template 3 has resulted in a number of potent and selective GSK-3beta(More)
4-Amino-5,6-diaryl-furo[2,3-d]pyrimidines have been identified as inhibitors of glycogen synthase kinase-3beta (GSK-3beta). One representative derivative, 4-amino-3-(4-(benzenesulfonylamino)-phenyl)-2-(3-pyridyl)-furo[2,3-d]pyrimidine (12) exhibited potent GSK-3beta inhibitory activity in low nanomolar level of IC(50). The binding mode was proposed from a(More)
To understand the mechanism of muscular contraction and its regulation by Ca2+ (ref. 3), it is important to know the arrangement and configuration of the myosin heads in the space between thin and thick filaments in relaxed muscle. This information is still lacking, mainly because the myosin reflections in the X-ray diffraction patterns are sampled by the(More)
A preferential extraction of endohedral metallofullerenes (EMFs) from carbon soot through the use of reduction in the extraction process and a convenient isolation of endohedral metallofullerene anions (EMFs(-)) and empty fullerenes utilizing their difference in solubility are accomplished. EMFs are easily isolated by one-stage high-performance liquid(More)
In the applications of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), it is extremely important to separate semiconducting and metallic SWNTs. Although several methods have been reported for the separation, only low yields have been achieved at great expense. We show a separation method involving a dispersion-centrifugation process in a tetrahydrofuran solution of(More)
Using first principles calculations, we report for the first time that large nearly neutral aromatic molecules, such as naphthalene and anthracene, and small charge-transfer aromatic molecules, such as TCNQ and DDQ, interact more strongly with metallic single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) versus their semiconducting counterparts as the molecular orientation(More)