Kazuhiko Yamagami

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Using a confocal laser-scanning microscope, we measured the changes in the cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca]i) of chromaffin cells on adrenal slice preparations of mouse. The spontaneous fluctuations of [Ca]i were often observed in situ, as reported in isolated rat and bovine cells. Intriguingly, the spontaneous [Ca]i changes in one cell were often(More)
The present experiments were carried out in order to test the hypothesis that age-related signal transduction (ST) deficits may occur as a result of structural changes in the membrane that are reflected partially as increased membrane microviscosity. Oxotremorine (oxo) enhancement of K(+)-evoked release of dopamine (K(+)-ERDA) was examined in superfused(More)
Previous studies have shown that there is an age-related loss of responsiveness in several different receptor systems (e.g. beta-adrenergic, dopaminergic and muscarinic). Our research, using perifused striatal slices and examining muscarinic agonist enhancement of K(+)-evoked dopamine release, has determined that at least part of the loss of sensitivity in(More)
Carbachol-stimulated low Km GTPase activity (an index of muscarinic receptor-G protein coupling) was examined in hippocampus, basal ganglia, orbital frontal gyrus and superior frontal gyrus obtained from mature, aged and Alzheimer's Disease (AD) groups. Results indicated that carbachol-stimulated low Km GTPase activities in basal ganglia were as follows:(More)
To gain some understanding of the characteristics of intracellular Ca2+ stores of cat adrenal chromaffin cells, we investigated the effects of ryanodine, a blocker of Ca(2+)-induced Ca2+ release channels in muscle, on both cytosolic Ca2+ concentration and catecholamine secretion induced by caffeine or methacholine. The results suggest that Ca2+ stores(More)
We investigated the feasibility of sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy using indocyanine green (ICG) technique in 411 patients with early breast cancer at three institutes. ICG, a fluorescence source, and blue dye were injected into the subareolar area to enable real-time image-guided surgery and identification of SLN fluorescence after meticulous dissection.(More)
We used fura-2 microfluorometry to investigate the role of mitochondria in regulating the increase in the cytosolic Ca2+ concentration ([Ca]in) and the mechanism(s) underlying the subsequent Ca2+ efflux from mitochondria in bovine adrenal chromaffin cells. The rate of [Ca]in decay during and following stimulation with 100 mM KCl depolarization was markedly(More)
PURPOSE Zoledronic acid (ZOL) is a nitrogen-containing bisphosphonate that induces osteoclast apoptosis and inhibits bone resorption by inhibiting the mevalonate pathway. Its benefit for the prevention of skeletal complications due to bone metastases has been established. However, the antitumor efficacy of ZOL, although suggested by multiple preclinical and(More)
The cytosolic free Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]in) in single cat and bovine adrenal chromaffin cells was measured to determine whether or not there was any correlation between the [Ca2+]in and the catecholamine (CA) secretion caused by muscarinic receptor stimulation. In cat chromaffin cells, methacholine (MCh), a muscarinic agonist, raised [Ca2+]in by(More)
The concentration of cytosolic Ca2+ ([Ca]in) was examined in single bovine adrenal chromaffin cells by monitoring fura-2 fluorescence with microspectrofluorimetry. To see the correlation between [Ca]in and secretion, we also measured the rates of catecholamine (CA) secretion and 45Ca efflux from populations of cells. [Ca]in was constant in the majority of(More)