Hiroshi H. Hasegawa

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The lipid kinase PIK3C3 (also called Vps34) regulates both the endosomal and autophagic pathways. However, the effect of inactivating PIK3C3 on neuronal endosomal versus autophagic processes in vivo has not been studied. We generated mice in which Pik3c3 was conditionally deleted in differentiated sensory neurons. Within a few days after Pik3c3 deletion,(More)
Mammalian somatosensory topographic maps contain specialized neuronal structures that precisely recapitulate the spatial pattern of peripheral sensory organs. In the mouse, whiskers are orderly mapped onto several brainstem nuclei as a set of modular structures termed barrelettes. Using a dual-color iontophoretic labeling strategy, we found that the precise(More)
The continued addition of new neurons to mature olfactory circuits represents a remarkable mode of cellular and structural brain plasticity. However, the anatomical configuration of newly established circuits, the types and numbers of neurons that form new synaptic connections, and the effect of sensory experience on synaptic connectivity in the olfactory(More)
We have examined the turnover of 5,6,7,8-tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) and the effect of decreasing BH4 levels on in situ tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) activity and norepinephrine (NE) content in a homogeneous population of NE-containing neurons derived from the superior cervical ganglion (SCG) of the neonatal rat and maintained in tissue culture. Initial studies(More)
Dorsal root ganglia (DRG) contain somatosensory neurons of diverse sensory modalities. Among these different types of sensory neurons, the molecular mechanisms that regulate the development and specification of touch neurons are the least well understood. We took a candidate approach and searched for transcription factors that are expressed in subsets of(More)
To analyze the antigenicity of peptides derived from bovine prion protein (PrP) cDNA, we immunized rabbits with four synthetic peptides and compared the immunoreactivity of antibodies to PrPs from various species by immunoblotting and immunohistochemistry. Two of the antibodies reacted strongly with all PrPs. The other antibodies, raised against overlapping(More)
Peripheral sensory neurons detect diverse physical stimuli and transmit the information into the CNS. At present, the genetic tools for specifically studying the development, plasticity, and regeneration of the sensory axon projections are limited. We found that the gene encoding Advillin, an actin binding protein that belongs to the gelsolin superfamily,(More)
Studying the early stages of cancer can provide important insight into the molecular basis of the disease. We identified a preneoplastic stage in the patched (ptc) mutant mouse, a model for the brain tumor medulloblastoma. Preneoplastic cells (PNCs) are found in most ptc mutants during early adulthood, but only 15% of these animals develop tumors. Although(More)
Cyclic AMP (cAMP) is well known to enhance tyrosine hydroxylase activity in PC12 cells. We were able to demonstrate, however, that the cellular dopamine level in PC12 was lowered by dibutyryl cAMP. Furthermore, the decrease in the cellular level of dopamine was accompanied by about a 10-fold increase in the medium. The aim of this work was to elucidate the(More)
Somatosensory neurons are classified into three main types according to their modalities: nociceptive, thermal, and mechanosensory. Within each modality group, neurons can be further divided into morphologically and functionally distinct subclasses. Here we show that heparan sulfate D-glucosaminyl 3-O-sulfotransferase 2 (HS3ST-2) is a marker for specific(More)