Koji Hirukawa

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We investigated the effect of extracellular adenosine triphosphate (ATP) on the production of interleukin (IL)-6, whose molecules are capable of stimulating the development of osteoclasts from their hematopoietic precursors as well as are involved in signal transduction systems in human osteoblastic SaM-1 cells. These human osteoblasts constitutively(More)
Osteoblasts and osteoclasts maintain bone volume. Acidosis affects the function of these cells including mineral metabolism. We examined the effect of acidosis on the expression of transcription factors and mineralization in human osteoblasts in vitro. Human osteoblasts (SaM-1 cells) derived from the ulnar periosteum were cultured with α-MEM containing 50(More)
We examined the effects of basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2) on cultured lower molar tooth germ at the differentiative (bell) stage. Although FGF-2 has been detected in odontogenesis, its roles in biological activities, such as cell proliferation, differentiation and extracellular matrix mineralization are unclear. We assayed mRNA levels of the(More)
The present study was designed to elucidate the mode of action of isoproterenol (Isp; adrenergic beta-agonist) and to characterize the effect of the calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP; sensory neuropeptide) on osteoclast formation induced by Isp in a mouse bone marrow culture system. Treatment of mouse bone marrow cells with Isp generated(More)
Insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) play an important role in the regulation of bone metabolism. In this study, we investigated changes in the expression of IGF-I and IGF-I receptor and cell proliferation when a continuous tensile force was applied to the cranial suture of cultured rat calvaria. The parietal bones with the midsagittal suture were removed(More)
Intracellular Ca(2+) mobilization plays important roles in cell survival, proliferation, and differentiation of osteoblasts. In this study, we identified a novel type of Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channel in human osteoblasts and investigated its physiological roles. Using RT-PCR methods and single-channel analysis in the patch-clamp technique, we found that BK(More)
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