Fuyuki Ohsawa

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A purified polyclonal antibody preparation was made against recombinant brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in guinea pig and characterized for use in immunoassays and immunohistochemistry. The anti-BDNF antibodies specifically recognized BDNF in Western blots and immunoprecipitation. There was no cross-reactivity with the other known mammalian members(More)
Ribonuclease protection analysis and quantitative in situ hybridization histochemistry were used to investigate the coordination and regional expression of catalytic and non-catalytic trkB messenger RNAs in the adult rat hippocampus following systemic kainate-induced seizures. Changes in trkB expression were compared with the messenger RNA expression of its(More)
Primary cultures of rat hippocampal cells have been used to evaluate trophic effects of neurotrophin-3, brain-derived neurotrophic factor, nerve growth factor, and basic fibroblast growth factor. There was little survival in cultures prepared from embryonic day 17 embryos and grown in defined medium without growth factors. Addition of basic fibroblast(More)
Quantitative in situ hybridization analysis of catalytic (trkB TK+) and non-catalytic (trkB TK-) trkB mRNAs in the postnatal rat brain demonstrated regional differences in expression and revealed transient increases in trkB TK+ expression. Hybridization of trkB TK+ mRNA was observed in thalamic nuclei between P4 and P8, but not in the adult. In hippocampal(More)
The hydrolysis of phosphatidyl 4,5-bisphosphate (PI), which is involved in the transduction mechanism of neurotransmitters and growth factors, is stimulated by brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and neurotrophin-3 (NT-3) in primary cultures of fetal brain neurons. In the present study we sought to examine the effect of pretreatment with these factors(More)
Protein phosphorylation is a key event in intracellular signal transduction, and fluorescent biosensor for the specific phosphorylation event in a target protein is considered highly useful as a tool of cellular biology and drug screening. Vimentin, the most abundant intermediate filament protein, is phosphorylated at its specific serine (Ser) residues in a(More)
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