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Targeted positioning of water channel aquaporin-2 (AQP2) strictly regulates body water homeostasis. Trafficking of AQP2 to the apical membrane is critical to the reabsorption of water in renal collecting ducts. Controlled apical positioning of AQP2 suggests the existence of proteins that interact with AQP2. A biochemical search for AQP2-interacting proteins(More)
Trafficking of water channel aquaporin-2 (AQP2) to the apical membrane and its vasopressin and protein kinase A (PKA)-dependent regulation in renal collecting ducts is critical for body water homeostasis. We previously identified an AQP2 binding protein complex including actin and tropomyosin-5b (TM5b). We show that dynamic interactions between AQP2 and the(More)
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is the leading cause of end-stage renal disease. Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is one of the incretins, gut hormones released from the intestine in response to food intake. GLP-1 receptor (GLP-1R) agonists have been used to treat type 2 diabetes. Here, we studied the effect of the administration of a GLP-1R agonist, liraglutide,(More)
Intracellular recordings were made from myenteric S neurons of the guinea-pig ileum. One of the major tea catechins, (-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG at concentrations from 1 to 20 microM), was applied by superfusion to examine its effect on cholinergic ganglion transmission in the myenteric plexus. Fast excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs) evoked(More)
The incidence of cholesterol crystal embolism (CCE) has increased along with increases in the prevalence of atheromatous diseases and intravascular procedures. CCE frequently results in the deterioration of renal function, which sometimes leads to end-stage renal failure. Although there has been no established therapy for CCE, the possibility that(More)
The following conventional calcium correction formula (Payne) is broadly applied for serum calcium estimation: corrected total calcium (TCa) (mg/dL) = TCa (mg/dL) + (4 - albumin (g/dL)); however, it is inapplicable to chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. A total of 2503 venous samples were collected from 942 all-stage CKD patients, and levels of TCa(More)
The physiological properties of endothelin-1 in ocular choroidal melanocytes are not well-known, although endothelin-1 increases the intracellular calcium concentration through endothelin-B receptors in skin melanocytes. We studied the effect of endothelin-1 on choroidal melanocytes in rabbit ocular suprachoroidal tissue. Fura-2 microfluorophotometry(More)
Type 2 diabetic kidney disease (DKD) is frequently accompanied by uncontrollable hypertension due to the sodium sensitivity inherent in DKD and to diuretic-resistant edema. In general, diuretics are effective in treating this condition, but thiazide diuretics are thought to be innocuous in advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD). We examined the(More)
Orexins and orexin-receptors are localized by displaying their immunoreactivity in the enteric nervous system. Intracellular recordings were made from isolated myenteric neurons to investigate actions of orexin-A in the myenteric plexus of the guinea-pig ileum. Superfusion of orexin-A caused membrane depolarizations in a subset of S and AH neurons. Orexin-A(More)
The actions of orexins (orexin A and B, 10-300 nM) on individual myenteric neurons of the guinea-pig ileum in vitro were compared using intracellular recording methods. Both orexins caused membrane depolarizations associated with an increase in input neuronal resistance in S and AH neurons via a direct action. Orexin depolarizations reversed at about -90(More)