Chika Kitada

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To find a novel human ion channel gene we have executed an extensive search by using a human genome draft sequencing data base. Here we report a novel two-pore domain K+ channel, TRESK (TWIK-related spinal cord K+ channel). TRESK is coded by 385 amino acids and shows low homology (19%) with previously characterized two-pore domain K+ channels. However, the(More)
The response to intracellular ADP-ribose in the rat CRI-G1 insulinoma cell line was studied using a patch-clamp method. Dialysis of ADP-ribose into cells induced a response in a dose-dependent manner. The reversal potentials in various solutions showed that the ADP-ribose-gated channel was a Ca2+-permeable nonselective cation channel. In inside-out(More)
We report identification and characterization of Kv6.3, a novel member of the voltage-gated K(+) channel. Reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction analysis indicated that Kv6.3 was highly expressed in the brain. Electrophysiological studies indicated that homomultimeric Kv6.3 did not yield a functional voltage-gated ion channel. When Kv6.3 and Kv2.1(More)
Traditional brewing of Fukuyama pot vinegar is a process that has been continued in Fukuyama, Kagoshima, Japan, for almost 200 years. The entire process proceeds from raw materials, including steamed rice, rice koji (steamed rice grown with a fungus, Aspergillus oryzae) and water, to produce vinegar in roughly capped large pots laid in the open air. No(More)
The contractile responses to capsaicin and anandamide, exogenous and endogenous agonists for transient receptor potential vanilloid receptor 1 (TRPV1), respectively, were investigated in muscle strips isolated from the rat urinary bladder. Capsaicin and anandamide produced concentration-dependent contractions of the muscle strips. The contractile response(More)
Fig. 2. Effect of pseudonajatoxin a on the depolarizations produced by iontophoretically applied ACh. Traces show the response recorded intracellularly from a single muscle end-plate. Square pulse : current artifact caused by the passage of current through the iontophoretic electrode, smooth curve: depolarization caused by the action of ACh on the endplate(More)
The stress distribution in a model of the human ankle joint was measured nondestructively by using scattered-light polarizer photoelasticity [Kihara et al., Appl. Opt. 24, 3363 (1985)]. The present paper describes experimental results for 3-D stress distributions for front and side views of three solid models of the human ankle joint under static loading,(More)
The inducing factor of mating tube formation ofRhodosporidium turuloides, named rhodotorucine A (H-Tyr-Pro-Glu-Ile-Ser-Trp-Thr-Arg-Asn-Gly-Cys(S-farnesyl)-OH), has been synthesized to confirm the structure proposed for the natural lipopeptide. The synthetic S-farnesyl undecapeptide has identical Rf values on TLC using several different solvents, and also(More)
The present work describes the discovery of novel series of (4,4-difluoro-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-5H-1-benzazepine-5-ylidene)acetamide derivatives as arginine vasopressin (AVP) V(2) receptor agonists. By replacing the amide juncture in YM-35278 with a direct ring connection gave compound 10a, which acts as a V(2) receptor agonist. These studies provided the(More)
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