Kumiko Nakamura

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In the present experiment, we examined the effect of 8-iso-prostaglandin E(2) and 8-iso-prostaglandin F(2 alpha) on the release of noradrenaline from the isolated rat stomach. The postganglionic sympathetic nerves were electrically stimulated twice at 1 Hz for 1 min and test reagents were added during the second stimulation. 8-Iso-prostaglandin E(2)(More)
Languages differ with respect to how aspects of motion events tend to be lexicalized. English typically conflates MOTION with MANNER, but Japanese and Spanish typically do not. We report a set of experiments that assessed the effect of this cross-linguistic difference on participants' decisions in a similarity-judgment task about scenes containing novel(More)
We examined the effect of endothelin-1, endothelin-3 and sarafotoxin S6c on the release of noradrenaline from gastric sympathetic nerve terminals using an isolated, vascularly perfused rat stomach. The release of noradrenaline evoked by electrical stimulation of the gastric postganglionic sympathetic nerves (at 2.5 Hz for 1 min) was inhibited by(More)
Previously we reported the cholinergic M2 muscarinic receptor-mediated inhibition of noradrenaline release from the rat stomach (K. Yokotani, Y. Osumi. J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 1993;264:54-60). In the present study, we investigated the role of K+ channels in oxotremorine (a muscarinic receptor agonist)-induced inhibition of noradrenaline release using(More)
Sympathetic nerves release noradrenaline, whereas adrenal medullary chromaffin cells secrete noradrenaline and adrenaline. Therefore, plasma noradrenaline reflects the secretion from adrenal medulla in addition to the release from sympathetic nerves, however the exact mechanisms of adrenal noradrenaline secretion remain to be elucidated. The present study(More)
The induction of cytokine secretion by rubratoxin B was investigated using human hepatoma cell lines HepG2 and HuH-7. Interleukin (IL)-8, macrophage colony stimulating factor (M-CSF) and granulocyte-macrophage (GM)-CSF were detected in the media of rubratoxin B-treated both cell lines, and their levels peaked at about 40 microg/ml. Rubratoxin B-induced(More)
The effects of stress-activated MAP kinases (SAPKs) on biological phenomena in HepG2 cells caused by the hepatotoxin rubratoxin B were investigated. The amounts of phosphorylated (active) SAPKs (c-Jun N-terminal kinases (JNKs) and p38s) were significantly increased after treating cells with rubratoxin B, suggesting that rubratoxin B exerts its toxicity(More)