Fukumi Hiragami

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We investigated whether artepillin C, a major component of Brazilian propolis, acts as a neurotrophic-like factor in rat PC12m3 cells, in which nerve growth factor (NGF)-induced neurite outgrowth is impaired. When cultures of PC12m3 cells were treated with artepillin C at a concentration of 20 μM, the frequency of neurite outgrowth induced by artepillin C(More)
Although it is known that sustained activation of classical mitogen-induced protein kinase (MAPK, also known as ERK) induced by nerve growth factor (NGF) plays an important role in the induction of neurite outgrowth, the role of p38 MAPK in neural cell function is still not clear. We developed two neuronal cell lines from PC12 cells, PC12m3 and PC12m32, in(More)
We investigated the role of the p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway in heat-shock-induced neurite outgrowth of PC12 mutant cells in which nerve growth factor (NGF)-induced neurite outgrowth is impaired. When cultures of the PC12 mutant (PC12m3) cells were exposed to heat stress at 44 degrees C for 10 min, activity of p38 MAPK increased and(More)
We obtained a drug-hypersensitive PC12 mutant cell (PC12m3), in which neurite outgrowth was strongly stimulated by various drugs such as FK506, calcimycin and cAMP, under the condition of NGF treatment. The frequency of neurite outgrowth stimulated by FK506 was approximately 40 times greater than by NGF alone. The effects of FK506 on neurite outgrowth in(More)
During continuous culture of neural PC12 cells, we obtained a drug-hypersensitive PC12 mutant cell that showed high stimulation of neurite outgrowth by various drugs. When several Chinese medicines such as shu-jing-huo-xie-tang and Wu-Ling-San were provided to these PC12 mutant cells, the frequency of nerve growth factor (NGF)-induced neurite outgrowth(More)
During continuous culturing, PC12 cells are subject to spontaneous mutations. We obtained PC12m3 cells, clone cells in which outgrowth of neuronal processes (dendrites and axons) under the condition of nerve growth factor (NGF) treatment was highly stimulated by various inducers, such as cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP), calcium ionophore, steroid and(More)
During the continuous culturing of neural PC12 cells, a drug hypersensitive PC12 mutant cell line (PC12m3) was obtained, which demonstrated high neurite outgrowth when stimulated by various drugs. When the immunosuppressant drug FK506 and nerve growth factor (NGF) were introduced to the PC12m3 cells, the frequency of neurite outgrowth increased(More)
We investigated how the pea (Pisum sativum cv. Harunoka) root, upon return to an Al-free condition, recovers from injury caused by exposure to Al. Elongation and re-elongation of the root during the recovery process from Al injury occurred only in the apical 5-mm region of the pea root. With the model system of the pea root for recovery from Al injury,(More)
Among the 3 mitogen-activated protein kinases--ERK, p38 MAPK and JNK--JNK has been suggested to participate in apoptosis, whereas p38 MAPK is thought to be part of the differentiation response. There are many common inducers of JNK and p38 MAPK, but the mechanisms underlying the differential response to apoptosis and differentiation are poorly understood.(More)