Chika Komiyama

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OBJECTIVES We examined the immobility of the forced swimming test induced in an animal model by human interferon (IFN), which has often been reported to induce depression in clinical use. METHODS In the present study, we examined the effects of human IFNs on results of the forced swimming test in rats. RESULTS Single intravenous (IV) administration of(More)
1. We investigated the mechanism by which human interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) increases the immobility time in a forced swimming test, an animal model of depression. 2. Central administration of IFN-alpha (0.05 - 50 IU per mouse, i.cist.) increased the immobility time in the forced swimming test in mice in a dose-dependent manner. 3. Neither IFN-beta nor(More)
Nefiracetam is a novel pyrrolidone-type nootropic agent, and it has been reported to possess a potential for antiepileptic therapy as well as cognition-enhancing effects. We investigated the anticonvulsant and neuroprotective effects of nefiracetam in kainic acid-induced seizures of rats, compared with levetiracetam and standard antiepileptic drugs.(More)
Rabbits are very sensitive to heat stress because they have difficulty eliminating excess body heat. The objective of the current study was to evaluate the effects of heat stress on slaughter weight, dressing percentage and carcass and meat quality traits of rabbits from two genetic groups. Ninety-six weaned rabbits were used: half were from the Botucatu(More)
PURPOSE Nefiracetam (NEF) is a novel pyrrolidone-type nootropic agent, and it has been reported to possess various pharmacologic effects as well as cognition-enhancing effects. The present study focused on the anticonvulsant effect of NEF and its potential for antiepileptic therapy. METHODS The anticonvulsant properties of NEF were investigated in(More)
In a previous study, we indicated that human interferon (IFN)-alpha (IFN-alpha, 6 x 10(4) IU/kg, i.v.), but not human IFN-beta or -gamma, prolonged the immobility time of the forced swimming test in mice. In this study, we investigated the mechanism of the effect of human IFN-alpha. None of the mouse IFNs tested (IFN-alpha/beta, IFN-beta, and IFN-gamma, 3 x(More)
PURPOSE Nefiracetam (NEF) is a novel pyrrolidonetype nootropic agent, and it has been reported to possess various pharmacologic effects as well as cognition-enhancing effects. The present study focused on the effects of NEF in amygdala-kindled seizures and its potential for antiepileptic therapy. METHODS Effects of NEF on fully amygdala-kindled seizures(More)
Objectives: We examined the immobility of the forced swimming test induced in an animal model by human interferon (IFN), which has often been reported to induce depression in clinical use. Methods: In the present study, we examined the effects of human IFNs on results of the forced swimming test in rats. Results: Single intravenous (IV) administration of(More)
The objective of this study was to determine if a diet supplemented simultaneously with vitamins C and E would alleviate the negative effects of heat stress, applied between 28 and 42 days of age, on performance, carcass and meat quality traits of broiler chickens. A total of 384 male broiler chickens were assigned to a completely randomized design, with a(More)
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