Hiroshi Nagayama

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We analyzed the expression of IL-12Rbeta1 and IL-12Rbeta2 and the role of IL-12 in the activation of monocyte-derived dendritic cells (DCs) via IL-12Rbeta1-mediated signaling events. Flow cytometric analysis revealed that IL-12Rbeta1 was expressed in T cells, Con A blasts, and monocyte-derived DCs, but not in monocytes, while its transcript was detected in(More)
In order to examine the involvement of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRF) receptor in the formation of anxiety, we investigated whether CRF receptor antagonist CP-154,526 suppressed conditioned fear stress. First, rats were individually subjected to 30 min of footshock. Twenty-four hours after footshock, the rats were again placed in the chamber and(More)
AIM To evaluate the reliability of [(123)I]meta-iodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) myocardial scintigraphy for diagnosing Parkinson's disease (PD). PATIENTS/METHODS A series of 391 outpatients showing one or more parkinsonian-like symptoms was longitudinally followed up for accurate clinical diagnosis. MIBG scintigraphy was performed in the patients and 10 normal(More)
We examined the effect of TGF-beta 1 on the chemotactic migratory ability of human monocyte-derived dendritic cells (DCs). Treatment of immature DCs with TGF-beta 1 resulted in increased expressions of CCR-1, CCR-3, CCR-5, CCR-6, and CXC chemokine receptor-4 (CXCR-4), which were concomitant with enhanced chemotactic migratory responses to their ligands,(More)
We examined the potential involvement of two CC chemokine receptors (CCRs), CCR-1 and CCR-3, in the functional activation of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) plus interleukin-4 (IL-4)-generated human peripheral blood monocyte-derived immature dendritic cells (DCs). Flow cytometric analysis showed that CCR-1, CCR-3, CCR-5, and CXC(More)
Phototherapy was administered to 24 depressed patients with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), of which 62%, 24%, and 14%, respectively, showed improvements of greater than or equal to 50%, 25-50%, and less than 25% based on the Hamilton rating scale for depression for SAD (HAMSAD). No patients showed aggravation or side effects. Although the improvement(More)
The effects of many kinds of psychotropic drugs have been shown in animal studies to follow a circadian rhythm. Trials for the clinical application of this circadian rhythm have already been undertaken. Although the mechanisms underlying this phenomenon are still unclear, chronological changes in the levels of drugs in the blood and brain suggest that it is(More)
Serotonin 5-HT2C receptor-mediated intracellular Ca2+ mobilization was investigated in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells transfected with 5-HT2C receptors. Fura-2 acetoxymethyl ester was used to investigate the regulation of 5-HT2C receptor function. CHO cells, transfected with a cDNA clone for the 5-HT2C receptor, expressed 287 fmol/mg of the receptor(More)
In order to examine the involvement of CCK in the formation of anxiety, we have investigated whether CCKB receptor antagonist PD135158 suppressed conditioned fear stress. Rats were individually subjected to 30 min of inescapable electric footshock in a chamber with a grid floor. First, the rats were individually subjected to 30 min of footshock. Twenty-four(More)
Serotonin 5-HT2C receptor-mediated intracellular Ca2+ mobilization was investigated in 5-HT2C receptors expressed in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells; and fura-2/AM was used to investigate the regulation of 5-HT2C receptor function. CHO cells, transfected with a cDNA clone for the 5-HT2C receptor, expressed 287 fmol/mg of the receptor protein as determined(More)