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Publications (2)3.1 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: A transient activation of dihydropteridine reductase (DHPR), which is the regenerating enzyme of tetrahydrobiopterin in the system of aromatic amino acid hydroxylases, was studied during the incubation of DHPR with Ca2+-activated protease, m-calpain. The DHPR subunit (29 k) was cleaved by m-calpain just before the 35th (Ser) and 48th (Val) residue from the N-terminus, generating two new fragments of 21 k and 19 k. By determining kinetic parameters, we found that 21 k and 19 k were more active than the native enzyme and that the activation of them was more remarkable and transient against the natural substrate of quinonoid dihydrobiopterin than against a synthesized substrate. Phosphorylation of DHPR by Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II controlled the sensitivity of the enzyme to the Ca2+-activated protease.
    ZOOLOGICAL SCIENCE 01/2009; · 1.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We previously cloned the serum calcium-decreasing factor referred to as caldecrin from pancreas (J. Biol. Chem. 270 (1995) 30315). Caldecrin has been shown to be a chymotrypsin-type serine protease and to inhibit parathyroid hormone or parathyroid hormone-related peptide-induced bone resorption. In the present study, caldecrin was detected in adult rat brain by Western blotting and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction analysis. The caldecrin gene was constitutively expressed during postnatal days 1-28 in the brain. By in situ hybridization, the caldecrin mRNA was detected in the whole brain, including the olfactory bulb, cerebrum, hippocampus, thalamus, and cerebellum. These results suggest that caldecrin may play a role in the calcium homeostasis of the central nervous system.
    Neuroscience Letters 02/2002; 317(1):17-20. · 2.03 Impact Factor