Letter from Kohzo and Noriko Nakayama to Marshall W. Nirenberg
The Nakayamas update Nirenberg on Kohzo's latest work at the Cancer Research Institute at Kanazawa University. Nirenberg
receives thanks for the wonderful times Kohzo spent as a postdoctoral student in Nirenberg's lab.
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Nirenberg, Marshall W.
Reproduced with permission of Kohzo Nakayama.
Reproduced with permission of Noriko Nakayama.
Beyond the Laboratory: Professional, Personal, and Political Life, 1967-2002
[Marshall and Perola Nirenberg with Kohzo and Noriko Nakayama] (December 1990)
Have a blessed christmas [sic] and a happy new year.
Dear Marshall and Perola.
We live a happy life in Kanazawa city except small apartment, crowded traffic jam and missing wonderful friends in NIH.
Kohzo jointed to the new lab. and has started a new project, c-rel, which is a vertebrate homolog of drosophila dorsal gene.
There is high homology between c-rel and NF-kB which is a transcription factor suggesting that there is rel/NF-kB gene family
in vertebrate. Now Kohzo just has cloned NF-kB and c-rel cDNA by PCR. Kohzo is looking for the new members of rel family and
will try to in situ hybridization and histochemistry as a first step. Kohzo hopes rel family give us a good hint to understand
a problems of dorsal-ventral polarity formation including a development of nervous system. In addition to this project, Kohzo
has got drosophila (Oregon R) and started the small scale culture. We hope we can continue the drosophila work, when Kohzo
can get a grant (Now. my Lab is really poor.).
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Noriko got a new job in hospital as a pharmacist and she is going to joint to my Lab. in the evening as a research student.
It takes her about ten years to get a ph D. degree (I can't understand Japanese education system at all). Anyway, Noriko
hopes to continue research. We believe it most important.
We really hope we can have a next chance to live in America again.
We hope everything is wonderful for you in 1991
with our best regards sincerely yours
Kohzo and Noriko
P.S.1. We wish we can read our draft about Nk-2 homeobox gene.
2. Enclosed is Japanease [sic] candy (?). Please try it.