Masahiko Ogihara

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We investigated whether or not epidermal growth factor (EGF) and cAMP-elevating agents induce the proliferation of adult rat hepatocytes during the early (4 h after adding EGF) and late phases (21 h after adding EGF) of primary cultures. Adult rat hepatocytes did not significantly proliferate after culture with 20 ng/ml EGF for 4 h at a density of 1 X 10(5)(More)
We investigated whether or not insulin and cAMP-elevating agents induce the proliferation of adult rat hepatocytes during the early and late phases of primary culture. Adult rat hepatocytes synthesized a significant amount of DNA when cultured in the presence of 10(-7) M insulin for 3 h. Under these conditions, the number of nuclei increased within 4 h.(More)
We investigated the effects of glycyrrhizin (GL-1) and some analogues on DNA synthesis and proliferation in serum-free primary cultures of adult rat hepatocytes. The hepatocytes underwent DNA synthesis and proliferation in response to GL-1 and some analogues. The effects of these agents occurred in a time- and dose-dependent manner. The proliferative(More)
We investigated the effects of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) on the expression of alpha2- and beta2-adrenergic responses in primary cultures of adult rat hepatocytes. HGF (1 and 5 ng/ml) rapidly stimulated the expression of beta2-adrenergic responses and significantly increased alpha2-adrenergic responses with a(More)
We investigated whether or not beta and alpha adrenergic agonists could affect proliferation of adult rat hepatocytes induced by hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) during the early and late phases of primary culture. Adult rat hepatocytes underwent significant DNA synthesis after culture with 5 ng/ml HGF for 3 h at a low cell density (3.3 x 10(4) cells/cm2).(More)
We investigated the effects of prostaglandin (EP) receptor subtype agonists on DNA synthesis and proliferation in primary cultures of adult rat hepatocytes to elucidate their mechanisms of action. Maintained in short-term cultures (i.e. 3.5 h) in a serum-free, defined medium, hepatocyte parenchymal cells underwent DNA synthesis and proliferation in the(More)
In the present study, we investigated whether poly-(DL-lactide-co-glycolide) (50:50) microspheres (PLG MS) containing a model antigen, ovalbumin (OVA), were delivered into mouse skin and the immune responses induced using a microparticulate bombardment system, Helios gene gun system, which can painlessly deliver the powdered drug through the stratum corneum(More)
Purpose. The purpose of the present study is to explore whether a poly-l-arginine (poly-l-Arg)-induced increase in tight junctions (TJ) permeability of fluorescein isothiocyanate-labeled dextran (MW 4.4 kDa, FD-4) is associated with the Ca2+-dependent signaling and occurs following the phosphorylation/dephosphorylation of TJ proteins. Methods. Excised(More)
We studied the effects of several prostaglandins on DNA synthesis and proliferation in serum-free primary cultures of adult rat hepatocytes. Maintained in short-term cultures (i.e., 3.5 h), the hepatocyte parenchymal cells synthesized DNA and proliferated in the presence of various prostaglandins in a dose-dependent manner. The half-maximal effective(More)