Kazuhiko Sasaki

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The follicular cells surrounding Xenopus oocyte under voltage clamp produce K(+)-current responses to follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), adenosine (Ade), and intracellularly applied cAMP. We previously reported that these responses are suppressed by the stimulation of P2Y receptor through phosphorylation by PKC presumably of the ATP-sensitive K(+) (K(ATP))(More)
We examined the effects of 11 antidepressants on the activities of three-rat GABA transporters (GAT1, GAT2 and GAT3) expressed in COS-7 cells. Desipramine and maprotiline inhibited all subtypes of GABA transporter, while doxepin, mianserin, trimipramine, nortriptyline and amitriptyline inhibited certain types of GABA transporters. Amitriptyline inhibited(More)
A family of GTP-binding proteins, Rho, plays critical roles in cell migration, morphological change, cytokinesis, and smooth muscle contraction. Furthermore, evidence has recently been accumulating for an involvement in regulation of receptor-operated ionic channels. We previously reported that stimulation of D1-like receptor by dopamine (DA) induces a slow(More)
Receptor-induced activation of protein kinase C (PKC) plays an important role in modulation of various types of ionic channels in neurons. For example, PKC causes facilitation or long-lasting activation of certain ionic channels involved in spike firing after the receptor stimulation. We investigated the effect of serotonin (5-HT) on the voltage-dependent(More)
In identified B6 neurons of Aplysia buccal ganglia under voltage-clamp, application of quisqualic acid (QA) induces a unique slow K(+)-current response independent of G-protein. The response was augmented by raising the temperature in a similar fashion to the Phe-Met-Arg-Phe-NH(2)-induced K(+)-current response mediated by Gi/o. The QA-induced K(+)-current(More)
Automatic immediate fitting socket (AIFS) system was developed to shorten the long length of time for making an artificial leg, by applying powder technology. AIFS is constructed of an outer shell, a particle containing bag, which the rigidity can be controlled by the application of negative air pressure and three airbags between the outer shell and the(More)
Application of serotonin (5-HT) induces a slow inward current response in identified neurons of Aplysia ganglia under voltage clamp. The 5-HT-induced current response was depressed in Na+-free media, but augmented in Ca2+-free media, and unaffected by a change in external K+. The 5-HT-induced response was markedly blocked by intracellular injection of(More)
To compare nongenomic effects of progesterone on various receptor responses of neurons, Aplysia ganglion cells were pretreated with 30 microM progesterone for 5 min and various receptor responses were tested using a conventional voltage-clamp method. Progesterone reduced nicotinic receptor-activated Na(+)-currents, nicotinic receptor-activated(More)
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