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Articles by Y Yamaguchi
Total Records ( 6 ) for Y Yamaguchi
  S Kitano , Y Higashimoto , S Harada , M Sano , T Kurata , Y Yamaguchi , M Kunitomo , J Haginaka and S. i. Yamagishi
  Background

Circulating oxidized low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) (ox-LDLs) could be a sensitive marker to predict future cardiovascular events. However, a method to evaluate oxidized forms of LDLs systemically in human plasma is not yet established. In this study, we developed a novel and convenient high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method for measuring ox-LDL levels in humans.

Methods

Human plasma lipoproteins were separated by a modified HPLC method using a diethylaminoethyl-type anion-exchange gel column with stepwise elution. Ox-LDLs were detected by postcolumn reaction with a regent containing cholesterol esterase and cholesterol oxidase. Particle size of each LDL fraction separated by HPLC was determined in 61 healthy subjects.

Results

Our HPLC method separated LDLs into three fractions, which were designated as LDL-1, LDL-2 and LDL-3, on the basis of their negative charges, with LDL-3 the most strongly retained fraction migrating fastest in the anodic direction, a property that reflects the net negative charge of the molecule. Western blot analysis revealed that apolipoprotein B100 in LDL-3 fraction was the most fragmented and oxidatively modified. When LDLs were oxidized in vitro by Cu2+ or 2,2-azo-bis (2-aminopropane)-2HCl or modified by various aldehydes, all of the LDL fractions migrated at the position of LDL-3. Further, among three fractions, particle size was smallest in LDL-3 fraction.

Conclusion

Here, we developed a convenient HPLC method and identified LDL-3 as oxidized LDL fractions, although ox-LDLs were present in LDL-2 fraction, albeit lesser concentrations than in LDL-3 subfraction. Measuring ox-LDL levels in human plasma by this method may be useful to evaluate atherosclerotic disorders.

  Y Chen , Y Yamaguchi , Y Tsugeno , J Yamamoto , T Yamada , M Nakamura , K Hisatake and H. Handa
 

Transcription elongation factor DSIF/Spt4–Spt5 is capable of promoting and inhibiting RNA polymerase II elongation and is involved in the expression of various genes. While it has been known for many years that DSIF inhibits elongation in collaboration with the negative elongation factor NELF, how DSIF promotes elongation is largely unknown. Here, an activity-based biochemical approach was taken to understand the mechanism of elongation activation by DSIF. We show that the Paf1 complex (Paf1C) and Tat-SF1, two factors implicated previously in elongation control, collaborate with DSIF to facilitate efficient elongation. In human cells, these factors are recruited to the FOS gene in a temporally coordinated manner and contribute to its high-level expression. We also show that elongation activation by these factors depends on P-TEFb-mediated phosphorylation of the Spt5 C-terminal region. A clear conclusion emerging from this study is that a set of elongation factors plays nonredundant, cooperative roles in elongation. This study also shows unambiguously that Paf1C, which is generally thought to have chromatin-related functions, is involve directlyd in elongation control.

  M Mitsuki , K Nara , T Yamaji , A Enomoto , M Kanno , Y Yamaguchi , A Yamada , S Waguri and Y. Hashimoto
 

Siglec-7, a sialic acid binding immunoglobulin-like lectin, predominantly transduces inhibitory signals through cytosolic immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibitory motifs (ITIMs). Here, we report that clustering of Siglec-7 with a specific F(ab')2 elicited cell death. Interestingly, a truncated Siglec-7 lacking the cytosolic ITIM domain still induced the cell death, suggesting that the ITIMs are not essential for the death signaling. Further analyses of the death signaling revealed that an oxygen radical scavenger, N-acetyl cysteine, completely inhibited the cell death, whereas a pancaspase inhibitor did not. In addition, caspase-3 activation, DNA ladder formation, and nuclear condensation were not detected during the death process, suggesting that the cell death is nonapoptotic. To identify the critical region for the death signaling, we prepared a series of shuffling chimeras between Siglec-7 and Siglec-9, the latter of which did not transduce a death signal. The critical region was mapped to the middle of the membrane-proximal C2-set domain, which contained only six amino acid differences between Siglec-7 and Siglec-9. Point mutation analyses of each of these six amino acids revealed that four of the six amino acids were critical for the death signal. A computer-assisted 3D modeling revealed that these four amino acids were proximally located on the surface of the C2-set domain. In conclusion, Siglec-7 induces nonapoptotic cell death, the signal for which is transduced by an extracellular C2-set domain.

  H Ihara , S Hanashima , T Okada , R Ito , Y Yamaguchi , N Taniguchi and Y. Ikeda
 

FUT8, a eukaryotic 1,6-fucosyltransferase, catalyzes the transfer of a fucosyl residue from guanine nucleotide diphosphate-β-l-fucose to the innermost GlcNAc of an asparagine-linked oligosaccharide (N-glycan). The catalytic domain of FUT8 is structurally similar to that of NodZ, a bacterial 1,6-fucosyltransferase, which acts on a chitooligosaccharide in the synthesis of Nod factor. While the substrate specificities for the nucleotide sugar and the N-glycan have been determined, it is not known whether FUT8 is able to fucosylate other sugar chains such as chitooligosaccharides. The present study was conducted to investigate the action of FUT8 on chitooligosaccharides that are not generally thought to be a substrate in mammals, and the results indicate that FUT8 is able to fucosylate such structures in a manner comparable to NodZ. Surprisingly, structural analyses of the fucosylated products by high performance liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance indicated that FUT8 does not utilize the reducing terminal GlcNAc for fucose transfer but shows a preference for the third GlcNAc residue from the nonreducing terminus of the acceptor. These findings suggest that FUT8 catalyzes the fucosylation of chitooligosaccharide analogous to NodZ, but that a nonreducing terminal chitotriose structure is required for the reaction. The substrate recognition by which FUT8 selects the position to fucosylate might be distinct from that for NodZ and could be due to structural factor requirements which are inherent in FUT8.

  T Okada , H Ihara , R Ito , M Nakano , K Matsumoto , Y Yamaguchi , N Taniguchi and Y. Ikeda
 

The baculovirus–insect cell expression system is in widespread use for expressing post-translationally modified proteins. As a result, it is potentially applicable for the production of glycoproteins for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. For practical use, however, remodeling of the biosynthetic pathway of host-cell N-glycosylation is required because insect cells produce paucimannosidic glycoforms, which are different from the typical mammalian glycoform, due to trimming of the non-reducing terminal β1,2-GlcNAc residue of the core structure by a specific β-N-acetylglucosaminidase. In order to establish a cell line which could be used as a host for the baculovirus-based production of glycoproteins with mammalian-type N-glycosylation, we prepared and characterized Spodoptera frugiperda Sf21 cells that had been transfected with the rat cDNA for β1,4-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase III (GnT-III), which catalyzes the addition of a bisecting GlcNAc. As evidenced by structural analyses of N-glycans prepared from whole cells and the expressed recombinant glycoproteins, the introduction of GnT-III led to the production of bisected hybrid-type N-glycans in which the β1,2-GlcNAc residue at the 1,3-mannosyl branch is completely retained and which has the potential to be present in mammalian cells. These results and other related findings suggest that bisected oligosaccharides are highly resistant to β-N-acetylglucosaminidase activity of the S. frugiperda fused lobes gene product, or other related enzymes, which was confirmed in Sf21 cells. Our present study demonstrates that GnT-III transfection has the potential to be an effective approach in humanizing the N-glycosylation of lepidopteran insect cells, thereby providing a possible preliminary step for the generation of complex-type glycoforms if the presence of a bisecting GlcNAc can be tolerated.

  N Mise , Y Tomizawa , A Fujii , Y Yamaguchi and T. Sugimoto
 

IgG4-related systemic disease, including autoimmune pancreatitis, is a multi-organ disorder characterized by elevated serum immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4) concentration and IgG4-positive plasma cell infiltration. We report the case of a 67-year-old man with IgG4-related tubulointerstitial nephritis, presenting with markedly enlarged kidneys and renal dysfunction. The serum IgG4 level was elevated with 4200 mg/dl and pathological examination revealed patchy, clearly fringed areas of IgG4-positive plasma cell infiltration and advanced fibrosis in the renal parenchyma, perirenal tissue and lymph nodes. With oral prednisolone at a dose of 60 mg daily, a contraction of the kidneys and an improvement of renal function were observed. No recurrence of the disease was observed during the reduction of prednisolone to 2 mg daily over 4 years.

 
 
 
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