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The central nervous system plays an important role in the regulation of energy balance and glucose homeostasis mainly via controlling the autonomic output to the visceral organs. The autonomic output is regulated by hormones and nutrients to maintain adequate energy and glucose homeostasis. Insulin action is mediated via insulin receptors (IR) resulting in(More)
The nongenomic effects of aldosterone have been implicated in the pathogenesis of various cardiovascular diseases. Aldosterone-induced nongenomic effects are attributable in part to the activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2), a classical mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase. Big MAP kinase 1 (BMK1), a newly identified MAP kinase,(More)
The paraventricular nucleus (PVN) of the hypothalamus controls the autonomic neural output to the liver, thereby participating in the regulation of hepatic glucose production (HGP); nevertheless, mechanisms controlling the activity of liver-related PVN neurons are not known. Transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 (TRPV1) is involved in glucose(More)
In human kidneys, the mechanisms underlying angiotensinogen (AGT) augmentation by interleukin 6 (IL-6) are poorly understood and the only information available is in HK-2, immortalized human renal proximal tubular epithelial cells. Therefore, the present study was performed to elucidate the effects of IL-6 on AGT expression in primary cultured human renal(More)
Whether temporary angiotensin II (AngII) blockade at the prediabetic stage attenuates renal injury in type 2 diabetic OLETF rats later in life was investigated. OLETF rats were treated with an AT(1) receptor antagonist (olmesartan, 0.01% in food), angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (temocapril, 0.01% in food), a combination of the two, or hydralazine(More)
We investigated the possibility that substance P would mediate defecation in rats subjected to restraint-stress. The increases in fecal pellet output caused by restraint-stress were inhibited by a neurokinin (NK)1 receptor antagonist, RP67580 with an ED50 (95% confidence limits) value of 0.59 (0.54-0.65) mg/kg i.p. RP68651, the enantiomer of RP67580 devoid(More)
The effects of human tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNFalpha), or its mutein (F4168) having the cell adhesive Arg-Gly-Asp sequence at the N-terminus, on intestinal injury, were examined. Histopathological examination revealed that an intravenous injection of TNFalpha resulted in marked haemorrhage or oedema in the caecum of rats, whereas F4168 showed no such(More)
Olanzapine, an atypical antipsychotic, is widely prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder despite causing undesirable metabolic side effects. A variety of mechanisms and brain sites have been proposed as contributors to the side effects; however, the role of the dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus nerve (DMV), which plays a crucial(More)
The contribution of angiotensin II (Ang II) to the pathophysiology of hypertension is established based on facts that high levels of circulating Ang II increase vasoconstriction of peripheral arteries causing a rise in blood pressure (BP). In addition, circulating Ang II has various effects on the central nervous system, including the osmosensitive neurons(More)
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