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To determine the factors underlying suicide in Akita prefecture, a questionnaire survey was conducted among members of the Akita Prefectural Medical Association (APMA), regarding suicide cases they attended. During the investigation period (1 July 2001-30 June 2002), the total number of suicide cases was 243 (138 completed, 105 attempted). Significant(More)
We detected a peptide having a behavioral activity on mouse forced swimming from sera of healthy volunteers without affective and psychotic diseases. The amino acid sequence was GVNDNEEGF, which was found in the sequence of human beta-fibrinogen. The synthesized peptide also showed the behavioral activity dose-dependently, but human fibrinopeptide B(More)
Slip-down from a raised platform was previously found in mice treated with morphine, and this behavior was also recognized in mice treated with a monoamine releaser methamphetamine. Pharmacological examination on the slip-down indicated that the behavior was induced by receptor stimulations by D2 agonist PPHT and 5HT-2 agonist DOI. In mice treated with(More)
Nitric oxide (NO) is believed to play an important, but as yet undefined, role in regulating hypoxia inducible gene expression. Recently, we have reported evidence suggesting that the human insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-1 (IGFBP-1) gene is directly regulated by hypoxia through the hypoxia-inducible factor-1 pathway. The goal of the current(More)
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