Mariko Haga

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Mammalian retinal photoreceptors and pinealocytes have common characteristic that they secrete melatonin and L-glutamate as chemical transmitters. Although pinealocytes express glutamate receptors and receive glutamate signals, whether or not photoreceptors express glutamate receptors is unknown. Here, we investigated the expression of the glutamate(More)
Vesicular monoamine transporters (VMATs) are involved in chemical transduction in monoaminergic neurons and various endocrine cells through the storage of monoamines in secretory vesicles. Mammalian pinealocytes contain more 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) than any other cells and are expected to contain VMAT, although no information is available so far. Upon(More)
9,10-Phenanthrenequinone (9,10-PQ), a major quinone in diesel exhaust particles, induces apoptosis via the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) because of 9,10-PQ redox cycling. We have found that intratracheal infusion of 9,10-PQ facilitates the secretion of surfactant into rat alveolus. In the cultured rat lung, treatment with 9,10-PQ results in an(More)
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