In the past Takayuki Kubodera has collaborated on articles with Hiroki Sasaguri. One of their most recent publications is Silencing efficiency differs among tissues and endogenous microRNA pathway is preserved in short hairpin RNA transgenic mice. Which was published in journal FEBS Letters.

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Takayuki Kubodera's Articles: (2)

Silencing efficiency differs among tissues and endogenous microRNA pathway is preserved in short hairpin RNA transgenic mice

AbstractIn short hairpin RNA (shRNA) transgenic mice, the tissue difference in gene silencing efficiency and oversaturation of microRNA (miRNA) pathway have not been well assessed. We studied these problems in our previously-reported anti-copper/zinc superoxide dismutase (SOD1) shRNA transgenic mice. Although there was a tissue difference (liver and skeletal muscle, >95%; central nervous system and lung, ∼80%), the target gene silencing was systemic and our anti-SOD1 shRNA transgenic mice recapitulated the SOD1-null mice. Neither endogenous miRNAs nor their target gene levels were altered, indicating the preservation of endogenous miRNA pathways. We think that the shRNA transgenic mice can be utilized for gene analysis.

Proteolytic cleavage and cellular toxicity of the human α1A calcium channel in spinocerebellar ataxia type 6

AbstractSpinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by small CAG repeat expansion in the α1A calcium channel gene. We found that the human α1A calcium channel protein expressed in human embryonic kidney 293T cells produces a 75 kDa C-terminal fragment. This fragment is more toxic to cells than the full-length α1A calcium channel, regardless of polyglutamine tract length. In cells stably transfected with plasmids of full-length α1A calcium channel cDNAs, the C-terminal fragment protein is present in the mutant transformant but not in the wild-type one, indicative that this C-terminal fragment with the expanded polyglutamine tract is more resistant to proteolysis than that with the normal sized polyglutamine tract. We speculate that the toxic C-terminal fragment, in which resistance to proteolysis is rendered by the expanded polyglutamine, has a key role in the pathological mechanism of SCA6.

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