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  • M Kunimoto
  • 1994
Cerebellar neurons in primary culture were exposed to methylmercury, a well-established neurotoxicant known as a cause of Minamata disease, at 0.1-1.0 microM for up to 72 hours and compared with the neurons undergoing apoptosis induced by withdrawing K+ from the medium. Cerebellar neurons treated with methylmercury at up to 0.3 microM showed morphological(More)
Thioredoxin reductase (TrxR) is a selenoprotein that catalyzes the reduction of the active site disulfide of thioredoxin (Trx), which regulates the redox status of the cells. In the present study, we found that TrxR1, one of the three TrxR isozymes, was induced by cadmium as well as tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha) in bovine arterial endothelial cells(More)
We examined the effects of bisphenol A, an endocrine disruptor, on rat behavioral and cellular responses. Single intracisternal administration of bisphenol A (0.2-20 microg) into 5-day-old male Wistar rats caused significant hyperactivity at 4-5 weeks of age. Rats were about 1.6-fold more active in the nocturnal phase after administration of both 2 and 20(More)
Two isoforms of brain ankyrin, 440- and 220- kD ankyrinB, are generated from the same gene by alternative splicing of pre-mRNA. The larger isoform shares the same NH2-terminal and COOH-terminal domains to the smaller isoform and contains, in addition, a unique inserted domain of about 220-kD in size (Kunimoto, M., E. Otto, and V. Bennett. 1991. J. Cell(More)
The mechanisms of regulation of interleukin-6 (IL-6) production in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)-infected respiratory epithelial cells were evaluated in A549 cell cultures. Incubation with purified RSV resulted in significant production of IL-1alpha, IL-1beta, IL-6, and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha). Addition of saturating concentrations of(More)
We examined the effects of cadmium on the bcl-2 family of proteins--bcl-2, bax, bad, and bcl-xS/L--in cadmium-induced cytotoxicity. Addition of 10 microM cadmium to cultured porcine kidney LLC-PK(1) cells caused apoptosis. Western blot analyses revealed that cadmium markedly increased endogenous bcl-2 protein (to 3-4 times the level in wild-type cells)(More)
The mechanisms of virus-induced enhancement of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) expression in epithelial cells are unknown. In the present study, the effect of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection on the expression of ICAM-1 in human pulmonary type II-like epithelial (A549) cells was evaluated. Conditioned RSV media (cRSV) produced from(More)
Elevation in the level of intracellular cAMP is known to induce the astrocytic differentiation of C6 glioma cells by unknown mechanisms. In this report, we show that cAMP-induced autocrine interleukin 6 (IL-6) promoted astrocytic differentiation of C6 cells. Treatment of cells with N(6),2'-O-dibutyryl cAMP (Bt(2)AMP) and theophylline caused the delayed(More)
Cadmium, an environmental pollutant, caused nephroptosis that was inhibitable by zinc. The mechanism of the antiapoptotic action of zinc is poorly understood. In this study, we found the stimulation of DNA synthesis, as assessed by bromodeoxyuridine incorporation, during prevention by zinc of apoptosis, suggesting that the proliferactive nature of zinc(More)
To examine whether abnormal migration of granule cells in the external granular layer during cerebellar development is in part of the etiology of fetal Minamata disease, organotypic culture of rat cerebellar slice was established. Migration of external granule cells pulse-labeled with bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) toward the internal granular layer was inhibited(More)