Akiko Kawasaki

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Vesicular glutamate transporters (VGLUT1, -2, and -3) mediate the accumulation of transmitter glutamate into synaptic vesicles in glutamatergic neurons. VGLUT1 and VGLUT2 are more reliable glutamatergic neuron markers, since VGLUT3 also exists in other neuron types. To study whether the dopaminergic neuron uses glutamate as a cotransmitter, we analyzed(More)
A second vesicular glutamate transporter (VGLUT2) is detected in magnocellular neurons in the rat hypothalamus. The present study revealed what phenotype of neurons express VGLUT2 mRNA by the histological method. We found that most vasopressin (VP) neurons and several oxytocin (OT) neurons express VGLUT2 mRNA. VGLUT2 gene expression in VP and OT neurons is(More)
A second vesicular glutamate transporter (VGLUT2) has been reported to be expressed in neurosecretory neurons of the hypothalamic-neurohypophysial system. To study its role in the neurosecretory neurons, we evaluated the expression of the VGLUT2 gene in the paraventricular (PVN) and supraoptic (SON) nuclei as well as the immunoreactivity in the(More)
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