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Most pregnant women are at risk of showing some emotional abnormality, since some biological functions such as hormonal systems may dramatically change in pregnancy. Some of them may be exposed to strong stress as hesitation of positive drug therapies because of worries regarding adverse effects on the embryo. A growing body of evidence suggests that(More)
Bisphenol-A (BPA), one of the most common environmental endocrine disrupters, has been extensively evaluated for toxicity and carcinogenicity. However, little is still known about its action on the CNS. Here we found that prenatal and neonatal exposure to BPA resulted in the enhancement of the rewarding effect and hyperlocomotion induced by morphine in(More)
In this study, we investigated the dynamics of a membrane interface of liposomes prepared by eight zwitterionic phosphatidylcholines in terms of their headgroup mobility, with spectroscopic methods such as dielectric dispersion analysis (DDA), fluorescence spectroscopy. The DDA measurement is based on the response of the permanent dipole moment to a driving(More)
Bisphenol-A has been extensively evaluated for toxicity in a variety of tests as the most common environmental endocrine disruptors. In the previous study, we reported that prenatal and neonatal exposure to high-dose of bisphenol-A affects the development of central dopaminergic system in the mouse limbic area. The present study was then undertaken to(More)
The ability to resist stress is an important defensive function of a living body. Thus, elucidation of the mechanisms by which the brain resists stress could help to pave the way for new therapeutic strategies for stress-related psychiatric disorders including depression. The present review focuses on the roles of brain 5-HT1A receptor-mediated epigenetic(More)
A growing body of evidence suggests that prenatal stress increases the vulnerability to neuropsychiatric disorders. On the other hand, the ability to adapt to stress is an important defensive function of a living body, and disturbance of this stress adaptability may be related, at least in part, to the pathophysiology of stress-related psychiatric(More)
One of the most common chemicals that behaves as an endocrine disruptor is the compound 4,4'-isopronylidenediphenol, called bisphenol-A. In the previous study, we reported that exposure to bisphenol-A induced the abnormality of dopamine receptor functions in the mouse limbic area, resulting in a supersensitivity of drugs of abuse-induced pharmacological(More)
Endothelin 1 (ET-1), a potent vasoconstrictive substance, was discovered in 1988 by Yanagisawa and colleagues, and since then, a quarter of a century has passed. Understanding the biology of ET-1 has rapidly developed by characterizing the components of its receptors and processing enzymes. Numerous studies have revealed not only physiological but also(More)
BACKGROUND Persistently high plasma endothelin-1 (ET-1) levels in diabetic patients have been associated with the development of cardiac fibrosis, which results from the deposition of extracellular matrix and fibroblast recruitment from an as-yet unknown source. The underlying mechanism, however, remains elusive. Here, we hypothesize that ET-1 might(More)
1H NMR and static susceptibility measurements have been performed in an organic Mott insulator with a nearly isotropic triangular lattice, kappa-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu2(CN)(3), which is a model system of frustrated quantum spins. The static susceptibility is described by the spin S=1/2 antiferromagnetic triangular-lattice Heisenberg model with the exchange constant(More)