Masaaki Tsutsuura

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Ca(V)1.2 (alpha(1c)) is a pore-forming subunit of the voltage-dependent L-type calcium channel and is expressed in many tissues. The beta and alpha(2)/delta subunits are auxiliary subunits that affect the kinetics and the expression of Ca(V)1.2. In addition to the beta and alpha(2)/delta subunits, several molecules have been reported to be involved in the(More)
The time course of the inhibition of peak tension (inactivation) of potassium contracture induced by conditioning depolarization with 10, 15, 20 and 30 mM K+ was examined, using single twitch fibers from the frog semitendinosus muscle. The time-dependence curve of the inactivation was biphasic, consisting of the first phase and the second phase. The first(More)
The flexor carpi radialis muscle (FCRM) of the frog was divided into phasic and tonic bundles, and the properties of the potassium contracture in the tonic bundle were examined. The potassium contracture was tonic and the contracture induced by K higher than 75 mM consisted of the initial phasic component and of the following sustained component. Both(More)
We recently cloned the beta(2c) subunit of the L-type Ca(2+) channel as a functional type of beta subunit from the rat heart. In order to clarify the contribution of the beta(2c) subunit to native Ca(2+) channel function, we investigated the single-channel properties of Ca(2+) channels reconstituted with beta(2a) or beta(2c) subunits and compared them with(More)
The beta subunits of voltage-dependent calcium channels bind the pore-forming alpha(1) subunit and play an important role in the regulation of calcium channel function. Recently, we have identified a new splice variant of the beta(4) subunit, which we have termed the beta(4d) subunit. The beta(4d) subunit is a truncated splice variant of the beta(4b)(More)
When the concentration of external Ca2+ was reduced for 30 sec in a single twitch muscle fiber of a frog, the peak tension of the initial component of biphasic 80 mM K+ contractures was potentiated, whereas that of the secondary component was markedly inhibited, despite the fact that in the early stage it was potentiated usually in case of contractures in(More)
The effects of external Ca2+ reduction on the biphasic potassium (K) contractures and the action of divalent cations under conditions of the Ca2+ reduction were examined in detail, using frog single twitch muscle fibers. The peak tension of the initial component of 80 mM K+ contractures was greatly potentiated by exposing the fiber to low Ca2+ solution for(More)
The dependence of the occurrence of biphasic contractures on potassium chloride concentration, and the activation curve, the inactivation curve and the time-dependence curve of inactivation of the initial component of potassium contracture and those curves of the secondary component were examined, using single twitch fibers of the frog semitendinosus(More)
The characteristics and the mechanism of the biphasic potassium contractures, i.e., an initial rapid contraction (initial component) and a slow secondary contraction (secondary component) were investigated in detail using single twitch fibers from the semitendinosus muscles of the frog, Rana japonica. The present experiments confirmed the results of(More)
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