Hisashi Ikegami

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Cyclo(His-Pro) (CHP) is a cyclic dipeptide that is ubiquitously distributed through the central nervous system, including striatum. Many biologic effects of CHP seem to be mediated through a dopaminergic mechanism. To further examine the mechanism of action of this peptide, we have studied effects of chronic CHP treatment on the properties of nigro-striatal(More)
We have evaluated the effect of chronic nicotine intake on the age-associated loss of nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurons. The striatal density of dopamine (D1 and D2) receptors and DA-uptake sites decreased with age. Concomitant with these changes was a pronounced loss of many behavioral functions associated, at least in part, with dopaminergic(More)
Many biologic effects of TRH seem to be mediated via a dopaminergic mechanism. The present study examined the effects of chronic TRH administration on the properties of nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurons. Ten days, continuous subcutaneous TRH administration via an osmotic minipump led to a significant rise in striatal level of 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic(More)
The changes in susceptibility of neurons to the D variant of EMC virus (EMC-D) (10(6) PFU/well) were investigated in developing hippocampal primary cultures from postnatal days of 1, 7, and 56 Fischer 344 rats (P1, P7, and P56) for up to 12 h after infection (12 HAI). The virus titer of primary culture neurons increased at 1 HAI, decreased at 2 HAI,(More)
In order to investigate the involvement of prolactin-dopamine and dopamine-gonadotropin interactions in the hypothalamo-pituitary axis of hyperprolactinemia, in vitro studies were performed using primary cultures of dispersed rat hypothalamic heterogeneous cells containing tubero-infundibular dopaminergic neurons or gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH)(More)
We have investigated the intracellular mechanisms underlying thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH)-mediated [3H]dopamine ([3H]DA) release from dispersed rat tuberoinfundibular dopaminergic (TIDA) neurons. The specific binding of [3H]Me-TRH to these cells is characterized by a single, high-affinity binding site (Kd = 1.2 nM) with a Bmax value of 178 fmol/mg(More)
Epidemiologic studies have suggested a positive association in man between nicotine use and the incidence of tardive dyskinesia, a disease characterized by dopaminergic supersensitivity after chronic neuroleptic therapy. In rats, repeated administration of neuroleptics results into dopaminergic supersensitivity and increased density of striatal D2-dopamine(More)
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