Alato Okuno

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At endogenous brain concentrations, the neuroinhibitory tryptophan metabolite kynurenic acid (KYNA) is a preferential antagonist of the α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR). In the present study, male Wistar rats were fed a high tryptophan diet (adding 0.1-1.5% tryptophan) for 24 h to examine (i) the effect of increased tryptophan on extracellular(More)
Two isoforms of somatostatin from frog brain have been recently characterized, namely somatostatin-14 (SS1) and [Pro2, Met13]somatostatin-14 (SS2). The genes encoding for the precursors of these two somatostatin variants are expressed in hypothalamic nuclei involved in the control of the frog pituitary. The aim of the present study was to investigate the(More)
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