Akio Kiyota

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We investigated the role of CCK in the development of anxiety by determining whether CCKB receptor antisense suppressed intracellular Ca(2+) concentration in vitro or suppressed conditioned fear stress in vivo. First, for the in vitro studies, we used rat pituitary tumor GH3 cells since these cells have CCKB receptors. GH3 cells were stimulated by 10 microM(More)
Cholecystokinin (CCK) may have a role in the mediation of human panic disorder and anxiogenic (anxiolytic)-like activity in an animal model of anxiety. Otsuka Long Evans Tokushima Fatty (OLETF) rats lacked CCK A receptors (CCKAR) because of a genetic abnormality. In order to elucidate the involvement of CCKAR in the regulation of anxiety, we investigated(More)
Disturbances of the dopaminergic neurotransmitter system have been associated with a personality trait that involves novelty seeking. A functional polymorphism in the promoter region of the dopamine D2 receptor gene (DRD2) has been reported to be associated with schizophrenia. We examined the association between this polymorphism in the DRD2 promoter region(More)
We performed a prospective study designed to examine whether or not evaluation of the severity and prediction of treatment outcome in major depressive disorder would be enabled by simultaneous use of the thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) test and the combined dexamethasone/corticotropin-releasing hormone (DEX/CRH) test. We studied consecutive patients(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate methods for predicting the efficacy of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in patients with major depressive disorder. Subjects comprised 24 inpatients with major depressive disorder diagnosed according to DSM-IV criteria who were resistant to antidepressant therapy or who, due to adverse reactions, could not undergo(More)
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