Kousuke Nakade

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Honokiol, a main biphenyl neolignan of the traditional crude medicine, Magnoliae cortex, was found to show neurotrophic activity on the cultures of rat cortical neurons at concentration from 0.1 to 10 microM. In the cortical neurons cultured in serum-free medium supplemented with B27, honokiol could promote neurite outgrowth. In addition, the survival and(More)
The human MxA protein is one of the interferon-inducible proteins that inhibits multiplication of influenza virus and other viruses. To clarify the control mechanism of its expression, we prepared a series of mutant MxA promoters and identified a 30 nucleotides long cis-acting interferon-responsive element by transient transfection assay. Its nucleotide(More)
We have found that honokiol [4-allyl-2-(3-allyl-4-hydroxy-phenyl)-phenol] can promote neurite outgrowth and mobilize intracellular Ca2+ store in primary cultured rat cortical neurons. In this study, we examined the effects of honokiol on extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK1/2) and Akt, and their possible relationship to neurite outgrowth and Ca2+(More)
Magnolol has neurotrophic effects in primary cultured rat cortical neurons, which are expressed as the promotion of neurite outgrowth and neuronal survival. In this study, we investigated the protective effect of magnolol against age-related neuronal loss in the hippocampus using senescence-accelerated mouse (SAMP1). Magnolol (5, 10 mg/kg) was orally(More)
We examined the intracellular Ca(2+) response in primary cultured rat cortical neurons and human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells by Fluo 3 fluorescence imaging analysis. In these two kinds of neuronal cells, honokiol and magnolol increased cytoplasmic free Ca(2+) with a characteristic lag phase. The cytoplasmic free Ca(2+) increase was independent of(More)
Norbergenin, which is the O-demethyl derivative of bergenin, the main component of Mallotus japonicus, has been found to show moderate antioxidant activity (IC(50) 13 microM in DPPH radical scavenging; 32 microM in superoxide anion scavenging). Modification of sugar part on norbergenin by coupling with a variety of fatty acids was employed for increasing(More)
In the study of bioactive substances in Illicium plants, the methanol extract of I. merrillianum showed brine shrimp lethality test (BST) activity at 200 microg/ml. Bioassay-guided fractionation of the BST active fractions resulted in the isolation of 4-O-methyleudesm-11-en-4alpha-ol, eudesmol-11-en-4alpha-ol and (-)-hinokinin as potent BST active(More)
The methanol extract of the seeds of Phytolacca americana was reinvestigated to yield three new 1,4-benzodioxane-type compounds, americanoic acid methyl ester (1), isoamericanoic acid A methyl ester (2), and 9'-O-methylamericanol A (3) along with the previously isolated neolignans 6-9. The structures of 1-3 were characterized by 2D NMR and long-range(More)
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