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Many important cell functions are controlled by Ca(2+) release from intracellular stores via the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (IP(3)R), which requires both IP(3) and Ca(2+) for its activity. Due to the Ca(2+) requirement, the IP(3)R and the cytoplasmic Ca(2+) concentration form a positive feedback loop, which has been assumed to confer(More)
Depletion of intracellular calcium (Ca(2+)) stores induces store-operated Ca(2+) (SOC) entry across the plasma membrane (PM). STIM1, a putative Ca(2+) sensor in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), has been recently shown to be necessary for SOC channel activation. Here we show that STIM1 dynamically moves in tubulovesicular shape on the ER and its(More)
Combined use of magnetoencephalography (MEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (f-MRI), and motor evoked potentials (MEPs) was carried out on one patient in an attempt to localise precisely a structural lesion to the central sulcus. A small cyst in the right frontoparietal region was thought to be the cause of generalised seizures in an otherwise(More)
Previous studies by the authors demonstrated that the response of urinary aquaporin-2 (AQP2) excretion to dDAVP (deamino-8-D-arginine vasopressin) infusion is an index of vasopressin action on the kidney (N Engl J Med 332: 1540-1545, 1995). In the study presented here, the characteristics of urinary excretion of AQP2 were examined further. An RIA suitable(More)
Capacitative Ca(2+) entry (CCE) activated by release/depletion of Ca(2+) from internal stores represents a major Ca(2+) influx mechanism in lymphocytes and other nonexcitable cells. Despite the importance of CCE in antigen-mediated lymphocyte activation, molecular components constituting this mechanism remain elusive. Here we demonstrate that genetic(More)
The CT and MR findings of seven patients with pathologically proved ruptured dermoid cysts were reviewed to analyze the MR characteristics and to see if MR evaluation had significant advantages over CT. In six cases, both CT and MR identified fatty material in the CSF spaces. Hemorrhage complicated preoperative diagnosis in one case. Patterns of extraaxial(More)
To clarify the topographical relationship between peri-Rolandic lesions and the central sulcus, we carried out presurgical functional mapping by using magnetoencephalography (MEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (f-MRI), and motor evoked potentials (MEPs) on 5 patients. The sensory cortex was identified by somatosensory evoked magnetic fields using(More)
Two cases of intracranial penetration of a plastic or wooden chopstick via the optic canal are described. CT scans showed the chopsticks as linear hypodense structures in the suprasellar cistern contiguous with the optic canal. In one case, MR imaging was performed, which clearly depicted the foreign body and adjacent brain structures. Although they are(More)
Modulation of the type 1 inositol (1,4,5)-trisphosphate receptors (InsP(3)R1) by cytosolic calcium (Ca(2+)) plays an essential role in their signaling function, but structural determinants and mechanisms responsible for the InsP(3)R1 regulation by Ca(2+) are poorly understood. Using DT40 cell expression system and Ca(2+) imaging assay, in our previous study(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine whether the MR findings of idiopathic pituitary dwarfism correlated with a clinical history of perinatal abnormalities and abnormal levels of pituitary hormones. MR examinations of 18 patients with pituitary dwarfism were performed; these patients were divided into two groups: those with ectopic posterior lobes(More)