Kenshi Kakihara

Learn More
The gene of prolactin-releasing peptide (PrRP) was first cloned in 1998 and preproproteins encoded by cDNAs produced at least two isoforms of PrRP with different lengths; PrRP31 and PrRP20. PrRP has been shown to release prolactin from the anterior pituitary at least in vitro (Hinuma, Y.S., Habata, Y., Fuji, R., Hosoya, M., Fukusumi, S., Kitada, C., Masuo,(More)
RFamide related peptides (RFRP)-1 and RFRP-3 are neuropeptides derived from the same preproprotein. We have examined the distribution of RFRP-1 and RFRP-3 immunoreactivities (irs) in the rat central nervous system using specific antibodies. Neuronal cell bodies containing both RFRP-1 and RFRP-3 were detected within the caudal portion of the hypothalamus,(More)
Strong positive signals for PrRP mRNA and PrRP-like immunoreactivity (PrRP-LI) were detected in the nucleus of the solitary tract and ventral and lateral reticular formation of the caudal medulla oblongata. Weak mRNA signals and immunoreactivity were seen scattered from the hypothalamic dorsomedial nucleus (DMH) to ventromedial nucleus (VMH). Nerve(More)
We investigated the prolactin-releasing peptide (PrRP) gene expression quantitatively in the rat brain and the involvement of estrogen and progesterone using in situ hybridization. The strongest signals were observed in the nucleus tractus solitarius (NTS), which showed approximately 70% of total PrRP mRNA in the brain. Moderate expression was observed in(More)
The present study examined a novel function of PRL-releasing peptide (PrRP) on the neuroendocrine. PrRP-immunoreactive nerve fibers and nerve terminals were located in the vicinity of the somatostatin (SOM)-neurons in the hypothalamic periventricular nucleus (PerVN). Immuno-electron microscopy revealed that PrRP-immunoreactive nerve terminals made synaptic(More)
  • 1