Kenkichi Fukurotani

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BACKGROUND  KCNE1 encodes a modulator of KCNH2 and KCNQ1 delayed rectifier K(+) current channels. KCNE1 mutations might cause long QT syndrome (LQTS) by impairing KCNE1 subunit's modulatory actions on these channels. There are major and minor polymorphismic KCNE1 variants whose 38(th) amino acids are glycine and serine [KCNE1(38G) and KCNE1(38S) subunits],(More)
G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) may form heteromeric complexes and cooperatively mediate cellular responses. Although heteromeric GPCR complexes are suggested to occur in many neurons, their contribution to neuronal function remains unclear. We address this question using two GPCRs expressed in cerebellar Purkinje cells: adenosine A1 receptor (A1R),(More)
We previously developed a lymphocyte microwell-array system, which effectively detects antigen-specific B-cells by monitoring intracellular Ca(2+) mobilization at the single-cell level with a fluorescent Ca(2+) indicator, fluo-4. However, it is difficult for the system to perform time-lapse monitoring. Here, we developed a novel method, a lymphocyte(More)
INTRODUCTION Mutations of human ether-à-go-go-related gene (hERG), which encodes a cardiac K(+) channel responsible for the acceleration of the repolarizing phase of an action potential and the prevention of premature action potential regeneration, often cause severe arrhythmic disorders. We found a novel missense mutation of hERG that results in a G487R(More)
A mutation of KCNQ1 gene encoding the alpha subunit of the channel mediating the slow delayed rectifier K(+) current in cardiomyocytes may cause severe arrhythmic disorders. We identified KCNQ1(Y461X), a novel mutant gene encoding KCNQ1 subunit whose C-terminal domain is truncated at tyrosine 461 from a man with a mild QT interval prolongation. We made(More)
The relative effects of multiple drugs give an important clue to dissect a neuronal mechanism and to seek for a candidate neurotherapeutical agent. Here we have devised a "flute" applicator which can deliver several drugs to a neural cell preparation. The applicator stands by, cleaning itself with bath perfusate and delivers drugs only during test(More)