Hironobu Sugimori

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The modification by magnesium of the excitatory effect of oxytocin (10(-5)-10(-2) U/mL) on electrical and mechanical activities of pregnant human myometrium was examined. The excitatory effect of oxytocin was enhanced by external magnesium, and the dose-response curve between oxytocin and relative tension in the presence of 118 mM potassium in tiny muscle(More)
Changes in responsiveness of freshly isolated longitudinal muscle cells from rat uterus to oxytocin during gestation were investigated through measuring contractility as well as intracellular free calcium concentration. We have demonstrated the pregnant stage-dependent contraction of freshly isolated myometrial cells in response to an extracellular hormone,(More)
OBJECTIVE The physiologic roles of nonphasic firing oxytocin neurons in the paraventricular nucleus of female rats throughout pregnancy and parturition was studied from the viewpoint of changes in the membrane activities. STUDY DESIGN Thin colonal hypothalamic slices containing the paraventricular nucleus were prepared. Immunohistochemical studies of(More)
Spontaneous isometric contractions of small isolated segments from the isthmic region of pregnant human myometrium were recorded to clarify the characteristics of and influences of experimental conditions on contractions. There is a spontaneous periodicity in membrane activity of human myometrium, and contractions evoked with a sustained electric stimulus(More)
Receptors of oxytocin were found to occur in the membrane fraction obtained from longitudinal muscle of pregnant rat uterus. The affinity of the membrane receptor for oxytocin increased through an increase in the association rate and a decrease in the dissociation rate during gestation. The membrane oxytocin receptor concentrations rose almost three-fold(More)
Spontaneous intracellular electrical activity and contraction of pregnant human myometrium were recorded by the single sucrose-gap method, and the effects of oxytocin on the muscle were studied. In pregnant human myometrium at term, both plateau and spike types of action potentials were observed. All contractions were well synchronized with each action(More)
Aripiprazole is a third-generation atypical antipsychotic and a dopamine D2 receptor partial agonist. In the present study, we investigated whether a single administration of aripiprazole to mice, either as a pretreatment or as a posttreatment, would affect stereotypy induced by methamphetamine (METH). Pretreatment of male ICR mice with aripiprazole (1 or(More)
Evoked electrical and mechanical activities of pregnant human myometrium were recorded by the single sucrose-gap method. Each muscle strip has an individual rhythm of membrane excitability and the evoked activity was affected by spontaneous membrane fluctuation. However, high-frequency stimulation caused changes in the rhythm of fluctuation and the pattern(More)
Spontaneous intracellular electrical activity and contraction of pregnant human myometrium were recorded by the single sucrose-gap method, and the effects of noradrenaline on the muscle were studied. Human myometrium obtained at various stages of gestation showed three types of action potentials, which were spike-, plateau- and intermediate-type in(More)
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