Kazuhiko Sasaki

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The current study was designed to characterize the role of Rho and Rho-dependent kinase (Rho-kinase) in isometric contractile responses induced by serotonin (5-HT) and a solution containing 40 mM K(+) (high K(+)) in ring preparations of the middle cerebral artery of bovine. Application of W-7, a Ca(2+)-calmodulin inhibitor, reversibly and equally attenuated(More)
BACKGROUND Substance P (SP) is involved in the pathogenesis of cough in animal models. However, few studies in humans have been reported and the roles of SP in clinical cough remain obscure. OBJECTIVES To clarify the relevance of plasma levels of SP in patients with persistent cough. METHODS We studied 82 patients with cough persisting for at least 3(More)
We reported previously that the protopanaxatriol saponins in Panax ginseng greatly reduce the secretion of catecholamines from bovine adrenal chromaffin cells stimulated by acetylcholine (ACh). However, protopanaxadiol saponins showed only slight inhibitory effects. Recent studies have demonstrated that oligosaccharides connected to the hydroxyl groups of(More)
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)
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)
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)
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)