Mako Kurogi

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A characteristic astringent taste is elicited by polyphenols. Among the polyphenols, catechins and their polymers are the most abundant polyphenols in wine and tea. A typical green tea polyphenol is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Currently, the mechanism underlying the sensation of astringent taste is not well understood. We observed by calcium imaging(More)
We found that a scaffold protein, spinophilin (SPL), can interact with M2 and M3-muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChRs). As SPL can also bind to RGS8 by using the different region of SPL, we investigated the effects of SPL on the function of RGS8 regulating signals from M2 and M3 receptors. M2 receptor-mediated Gi-signaling was studied by monitoring(More)
Here, we investigated which taste ligand induces the CCK (cholecystokinin) release from intestinal STC-1 cells. We first developed a new assay to measure the release of CCK. The expression vector for CCK type A receptor (CCKAR) was permanently introduced into HEK293T cells and a cell line was established (CCKAR/HEK). Then, STC-1 cells were treated with(More)
Transient receptor potential A1 (TRPA1) is the only member of the mouse, chick, and frog TRPA family, whereas 2 paralogs (zTRPA1a and zTRPA1b) are present in zebrafish. We herein investigated functional differences in the 2 zebrafish TRPA1s. HEK293T cells were used as heterologous expression systems, and the sensitivities of these cells to 4 chemical(More)
Transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) is one of the main sensors for noxious stimuli in animals. Recent studies on the cloning and characterization of TRPA1 channels from several organisms showed the functional diversity of TRPA1 in sensing chemicals and temperature. Nociceptive receptors have been suggested to play important roles in adaptation to(More)
The sensation of astringency is elicited by catechins and their polymers in wine and tea. It has been considered that catechins in green tea are unstable and auto-oxidized to induce more astringent taste. Here, we examined how mammalian transient receptor potential V1 (TRPV1) and TRPA1, which are nociceptive sensors, are activated by green tea catechins(More)
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