Katsusuke Hata

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Characterization of neuromuscular junction formation and function in mice lacking all neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) isoforms or only the 180 isoform demonstrated that the 180 isoform was required at adult synapses to maintain effective transmission with repetitive stimulation whereas the 140 and/or 120 isoform(s) were sufficient to mediate the(More)
Ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) attracts considerable attention because it supports survival and differentiation of various types of neurons and glial cells in vitro. Although CNTF functions as a moderate neurotrophic factor in mature motor neurons, its role in embryonic development remains unknown. Here, we found a specific CNTF expression in the rat(More)
Ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) is a unique member of the interleukin-6 (IL-6) family, whose receptor subunit for ligand binding is exclusively expressed in the nervous system and muscle. The role of CNTF in mammalian development remains unknown. We recently reported the specific expression of CNTF in the pineal gland and eyes. To further examine the(More)
Distinct anatomical regions of the neocortex subserve different sensory modalities and neuronal integration functions, but mechanisms for these regional specializations remain elusive. Involvement of epigenetic mechanisms for such specialization through the spatiotemporal regulation of gene expression is an intriguing possibility. Here we examined whether(More)
It is important to study the neural connectivities and functions in primates. For this purpose, it is critical to be able to transfer genes to certain neurons in the primate brain so that we can image the neuronal signals and analyze the function of the transferred gene. Toward this end, our team has been developing gene transfer systems using viral(More)
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