1. Assessing nest-building behavior of mice using a 3D depth camera.

    Journal of Neuroscience Methods 251:151 (2015) PMID 26051553

    We developed a novel method to evaluate the nest-building behavior of mice using an inexpensive depth camera. The depth camera clearly captured nest-building behavior. Using three-dimensional information from the depth camera, we obtained objective features for assessing nest-building behavior, ...
  2. A Genome Scan for Genes Underlying Microgeographic-Scale Local Adaptation in a Wild Arabidopsis Species.

    PLoS Genetics 11(7):e1005361 (2015) PMID 26172569 PMCID PMC4501782

    Adaptive divergence at the microgeographic scale has been generally disregarded because high gene flow is expected to disrupt local adaptation. Yet, growing number of studies reporting adaptive divergence at a small spatial scale highlight the importance of this process in evolutionary biology. ...
  3. Evolutionary Divergence of Plant Borate Exporters and Critical Amino Acid Residues for the Polar Localization and Boron-Dependent Vacuolar Sorting of AtBOR1.

    Plant and Cell Physiology 56(5):852 (2015) PMID 25619824

    Boron (B) is an essential micronutrient for plants but is toxic when accumulated in excess. The plant BOR family encodes plasma membrane-localized borate exporters (BORs) that control translocation and homeostasis of B under a wide range of conditions. In this study, we examined the evolutionary...
  4. Genome-wide negative feedback drives transgenerational DNA methylation dynamics in Arabidopsis.

    PLoS Genetics 11(4):e1005154 (2015) PMID 25902052 PMCID PMC4406451

    Epigenetic variations of phenotypes, especially those associated with DNA methylation, are often inherited over multiple generations in plants. The active and inactive chromatin states are heritable and can be maintained or even be amplified by positive feedback in a transgenerational manner. Ho...
  5. Plasma and liver metabolic profiles in mice subjected to subchronic and mild social defeat stress.

    Journal of Proteome Research 14(2):1025 (2015) PMID 25437455

    To improve the quality of life of animals, understanding of stress-induced changes is necessary. Previously, we established a subchronic and mild social defeat stress (sCSDS) model in mice, which showed significantly higher body weight gain, food intake, and water intake compared to control mice...
  6. Plasma and liver metabolic profiles in mice subjected to subchronic and mild social defeat stress.

    Journal of Proteome Research 14(2):1025 (2015) PMID 25437455

    To improve the quality of life of animals, understanding of stress-induced changes is necessary. Previously, we established a subchronic and mild social defeat stress (sCSDS) model in mice, which showed significantly higher body weight gain, food intake, and water intake compared to control mice...
  7. Effects of chronic mild food restriction on behavior and the hypothalamic malonyl-CoA signaling pathway.

    Animal Science Journal 86(2):181 (2015) PMID 25040023

    Depression induces anorexia, leading to suppressed feeding behaviors and energy intake. Previously, we revealed that chronic social defeat induced a mild suppression of feeding in rats with elevated levels of hypothalamic malonyl-CoA which regulates feeding. Therefore, we attempted to elucidate ...
  8. Effects of chronic mild food restriction on behavior and the hypothalamic malonyl-CoA signaling pathway.

    Animal Science Journal 86(2):181 (2015) PMID 25040023

    Depression induces anorexia, leading to suppressed feeding behaviors and energy intake. Previously, we revealed that chronic social defeat induced a mild suppression of feeding in rats with elevated levels of hypothalamic malonyl-CoA which regulates feeding. Therefore, we attempted to elucidate ...
  9. A Colony Multiplex Quantitative PCR-Based 3S3DBC Method and Variations of It for Screening DNA Libraries.

    PLoS ONE 10(2):e0116997 (2015) PMID 25646755 PMCID PMC4315571

    A DNA library is a collection of DNA fragments cloned into vectors and stored individually in host cells, and is a valuable resource for molecular cloning, gene physical mapping, and genome sequencing projects. To take the best advantage of a DNA library, a good screening method is needed. After...
  10. A Colony Multiplex Quantitative PCR-Based 3S3DBC Method and Variations of It for Screening DNA Libraries.

    PLoS ONE 10(2):e0116997 (2015) PMID 25646755

    A DNA library is a collection of DNA fragments cloned into vectors and stored individually in host cells, and is a valuable resource for molecular cloning, gene physical mapping, and genome sequencing projects. To take the best advantage of a DNA library, a good screening method is needed. After...
  11. Complete Genome Sequence of a Phenanthrene Degrader, Mycobacterium sp. Strain EPa45 (NBRC 110737), Isolated from a Phenanthrene-Degrading Consortium.

    Genome Announcements 3(4) (2015) PMID 26184940 PMCID PMC4505128

    A phenanthrene degrader, Mycobacterium sp. EPa45, was isolated from a phenanthrene-degrading consortium. Here, we report the complete genome sequence of EPa45, which has a 6.2-Mb single circular chromosome. We propose a phenanthrene degradation pathway in EPa45 based on the complete genome seque...
  12. Novel mitochondria-targeted heat-soluble proteins identified in the anhydrobiotic tardigrade improve osmotic tolerance of human cells.

    PLoS ONE 10(2):e0118272 (2015) PMID 25675104

    Tardigrades are able to tolerate almost complete dehydration through transition to a metabolically inactive state, called "anhydrobiosis". Late Embryogenesis Abundant (LEA) proteins are heat-soluble proteins involved in the desiccation tolerance of many anhydrobiotic organisms. Tardigrades, Rama...
  13. A colony multiplex quantitative PCR-Based 3S3DBC method and variations of it for screening DNA libraries.

    PLoS ONE 10(2):e0116997 (2015) PMID 25646755 PMCID PMC4315571

    A DNA library is a collection of DNA fragments cloned into vectors and stored individually in host cells, and is a valuable resource for molecular cloning, gene physical mapping, and genome sequencing projects. To take the best advantage of a DNA library, a good screening method is needed. After...
  14. Novel mitochondria-targeted heat-soluble proteins identified in the anhydrobiotic tardigrade improve osmotic tolerance of human cells.

    PLoS ONE 10(2):e0118272 (2015) PMID 25675104 PMCID PMC4326354

    Tardigrades are able to tolerate almost complete dehydration through transition to a metabolically inactive state, called "anhydrobiosis". Late Embryogenesis Abundant (LEA) proteins are heat-soluble proteins involved in the desiccation tolerance of many anhydrobiotic organisms. Tardigrades, Rama...
  15. Novel mitochondria-targeted heat-soluble proteins identified in the anhydrobiotic tardigrade improve osmotic tolerance of human cells.

    PLoS ONE 10(2):e0118272 (2015) PMID 25675104 PMCID PMC4326354

    Tardigrades are able to tolerate almost complete dehydration through transition to a metabolically inactive state, called "anhydrobiosis". Late Embryogenesis Abundant (LEA) proteins are heat-soluble proteins involved in the desiccation tolerance of many anhydrobiotic organisms. Tardigrades, Rama...
  16. A Colony Multiplex Quantitative PCR-Based 3S3DBC Method and Variations of It for Screening DNA Libraries.

    PLoS ONE 10(2):e0116997 (2015) PMID 25646755 PMCID PMC4315571

    A DNA library is a collection of DNA fragments cloned into vectors and stored individually in host cells, and is a valuable resource for molecular cloning, gene physical mapping, and genome sequencing projects. To take the best advantage of a DNA library, a good screening method is needed. After...
  17. Novel mitochondria-targeted heat-soluble proteins identified in the anhydrobiotic tardigrade improve osmotic tolerance of human cells.

    PLoS ONE 10(2):e0118272 (2015) PMID 25675104 PMCID PMC4326354

    Tardigrades are able to tolerate almost complete dehydration through transition to a metabolically inactive state, called "anhydrobiosis". Late Embryogenesis Abundant (LEA) proteins are heat-soluble proteins involved in the desiccation tolerance of many anhydrobiotic organisms. Tardigrades, Rama...
  18. Comparative genome and transcriptome analyses of the social amoeba Acytostelium subglobosum that accomplishes multicellular development without germ-soma differentiation.

    BMC Genomics 16(1):80 (2015) PMID 25758444 PMCID PMC4334915

    Social amoebae are lower eukaryotes that inhabit the soil. They are characterized by the construction of a starvation-induced multicellular fruiting body with a spore ball and supportive stalk. In most species, the stalk is filled with motile stalk cells, as represented by the model organism Dic...
  19. Effects of chronic taurine administration on gene expression, protein translation and phosphorylation in the rat hippocampus.

    Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 803:473 (2015) PMID 25833519

  20. Differential expression of genes encoding neurotrophic factors and their receptors along the septal-temporal axis of the rat hippocampus.

    Animal Science Journal 85(12):986 (2014) PMID 25185865

    The hippocampus plays a key role in learning and emotional regulation. The hippocampus' function varies along its septotemporal axis, with the septal pole being more frequently involved in spatial learning and memory, and the temporal pole playing a greater role in emotional behaviors. In this s...