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The effects of diclofenac, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), on the fast tetrodotoxin-sensitive (TTX-S) and the slow tetrodotoxin-resistant (TTX-R) sodium currents in rat dorsal root ganglion neurons were investigated using the whole-cell patch-clamp method. Diclofenac suppressed both sodium currents in a dose-dependent manner. The apparent(More)
The effects of amitriptyline, a tricyclic antidepressant, on tetrodotoxin-sensitive and tetrodotoxin-resistant Na(+) currents in rat dorsal root ganglion neurons were studied using the whole-cell patch clamp method. Amitriptyline blocked both types of Na(+)currents in a dose-and holding potential-dependent manner. At the holding potential of -80 mV, the(More)
Opening of the mitochondrial permeability transition pore has been recognized to be involved in cell death. The present study investigated the effect of trifluoperazine and W-7 on the MPP+-induced mitochondrial damage and cell death in undifferentiated PC12 cells. Calmodulin antagonists (trifluoperazine, W-7 and calmidazolium) at 0.5-1 microM significantly(More)
The present study examined the effect of dopamine, 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA), and MPP(+) on the membrane permeability transition in brain mitochondria and on viability in PC12 cells. Dopamine and 6-hydroxydopamine induced the swelling and membrane potential change in mitochondria, which was inhibited by addition of antioxidant enzymes, SOD and catalase. In(More)
The effects of thimerosal, a sulfhydryl oxidizing agent, on tetrodotoxin-sensitive (TTX-S) and tetrodotoxin-resistant (TTX-R) sodium channels in rat dorsal root ganglion neurons were studied using the whole-cell patch clamp technique. Thimerosal blocked the two types of sodium channels in a dose-dependent manner. The inhibitory effect of thimerosal was much(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the usefulness of the 3DVH software with an ArcCHECK 3D diode array detector in newly designed plans with various target sizes. METHODS The isocenter dose was measured with an ion-chamber and was compared with the planned and 3DVH predicted doses. The 2D gamma passing rates were evaluated at the diode level by using the ArcCHECK(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to identify parameters capable of predicting the deterioration of hepatic function after helical tomotherapy in patients with unresectable locally advanced hepatocellular carcinoma. METHODS Between March 2006 and February 2012, 72 patients were eligible for this study. All patients received hypofractionated(More)
The modulation of tetrodotoxin-sensitive (TTX-S) and slow tetrodotoxin-resistant (TTX-R) sodium currents in rat dorsal root ganglion neurons by ATP was studied using the whole-cell patch-clamp method. The effects of ATP on two types of sodium currents were either stimulatory or inhibitory depending on the kinetic parameters tested. At a holding potential of(More)
PURPOSE We wanted to evaluate the role of postoperative chemoradiotherapy (CRT) for patients with locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN). MATERIALS AND METHODS From March 1993 to July 2008, 101 patients with advanced SCCHN and who had undergone macroscopically complete resection were enrolled. Survival and the cumulative(More)
The aim of this study was to compare lateral photon-electron (LPE), helical tomotherapy (HT), and volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) plans for total scalp irradiation. We selected a single adult model case and compared the dosimetric results for the three plans. All plans mainly used 6-MV photon beams, and the prescription dose was 60 Gy in 30(More)