Kazuhiko Yamagami

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ATP increased the cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca](i)) in nucleus accumbens neurons acutely dissociated from rat brain. The ATP response was dependent on external Ca(2+) and Na(+), and was blocked by voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channel blockers. The results suggest that the ATP-induced depolarization increases Ca(2+) influx resulting in the increase in(More)
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 rabbit adrenal gland perfused throughout with a Ca-deficient, Mg-containing medium becomes responsive to a challenge with Ca (2 mM) re-introduction after treatment with cyanide, 2-deoxy-glucose plus glucose deprivation or monoiodoacetate. The results suggest that the partial metabolic inhibition leads to the reduced activity of Na pumping, thereby(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)
To understand the mechanisms underlying the Cd2+- and Co2+-induced intracellular Ca2+ mobilization, we measured the levels of inositol phosphates using bovine chromaffin cells. Studies using HPLC indicated that Cd2+, Co2+ and methacholine significantly increased the generation of 1,4,5-IP3. The results suggest that Cd2+ and Co2+ mobilize Ca2+ from(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)
Cd2+ and Co2+ at micromolar concentrations increased the cytosolic free Ca2+ concentration, which was measured by fura-2 microfluorometry, in cat adrenal chromaffin cells. Simultaneously, these divalent cations stimulated catecholamine secretion from the perfused adrenal. The present findings suggest that these cations increase the Ca2+ influx by(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)