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Calcium plays a critical part in the regulation of cell growth, and growth factors stimulate calcium entry into cells through calcium-permeable channels. However, the molecular nature and regulation of calcium-permeable channels are still unclear at present. Here we report the molecular characterization of a calcium-permeable cation channel that is(More)
The present study was conducted to examine the ability of insulin receptor to activate the calcium signaling system in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells expressing human insulin receptor (CHO-IR cells). In these cells, insulin evoked the elevation of cytoplasmic free calcium concentration, [Ca2+]c, measured by using fura-2. Insulin-induced increase in(More)
Nuclear receptor coactivators are involved in receptor-mediated transcriptional activation of target genes in a hormone-sensitive manner, and the mechanism of their transactivation has been studied in recent years. The glucocorticoid receptor (GR) interacts with several coactivators, including steroid receptor coactivator-1 (SRC-1) family and CREB-binding(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic single-site surgery has recently emerged in the field of urology and this minimally-invasive surgery has resulted in a further reduction in morbidity compared with traditional laparoscopy. We present our initial experience with laparoendoscopic single-site surgery of partial adrenalectomy (LESS-PA) to treat aldosterone-producing(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the effects of olfactory stimulation on immunological and behavioral states in mice. Anti-SRBC (IgM) plaque forming cell (PFC) count and spontaneous running activity (SRA) were measured to demonstrate the effects of exposure to a given fragrance. The decreased PFC count and thymic involution induced by high pressure(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the effects of the long-term application of various fragrances on the suppression of immune response induced by high-pressure stress in mice. The immune response was analyzed based on plaque-forming cell (PFC) count, using mice sensitized with sheep red blood cells. The decreased PFC involving thymic involution induced(More)
The Research Committee of Disorders of Adrenal Hormones, Japan, undertook a nationwide epidemiological study of primary aldosteronism (PA). The present study was undertaken as a part of this study to reveal the relationship between type of treatment and the prognosis of PA. In the primary survey, 4161 patients with PA during the period January 1,(More)
Anti-programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) antibodies are regarded as a risk factor for insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus as a side-effect. While a small number of cases have been reported, evidence remains limited. This is the first report of an Asian patient developing insulin-dependent diabetes during anti-PD-1 therapy. A 55-year-old euglycemic woman(More)
1. Dantrolene (10(-5)-10(-4) M) reduced the K+ (60 mM) tonic response in accordance with decreased Ca2+ uptake, as determined by La method, more than the phasic in ileal muscle. 2. After saponin-treatment of the fibers, which leaves the Ca2+ storage sites intact, dantrolene had only a slight effect on the caffeine-induced contraction. In(More)