Masako Nishizuka

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Chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans have been shown to participate in the pathogenesis of neuronal damages in the injured adult central nervous system (CNS). Upregulated expression of chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans has been reported around the injured sites and depletion of these chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans brings about increased axonal regeneration(More)
Neurons intrinsic to the preoptic area might participate in the control of neuroendocrine or behavioral events. To determine their existence and features, we deafferented the preoptic area of female rats, using completely circumscribing cuts with a Halasz knife. Despite obvious signs of degeneration of synapses originating from nerve cell bodies outside the(More)
To test the ideas that neurons intrinsic to a hypothalamic region might participate in steroid hormone effects and that intrinsic synapses might have unusual morphological features, we deafferented the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus (VMH) in ovariectomized female rats with a Halasz knife. Some rats were given estrogen; others were endocrine(More)
Prolactin-like immunoreactivity has been reported in the medial basal hypothalamus at the light microscopic level, in hypophysectomized rats. Here, with preembedding immunocytochemistry at the electron microscopic level, we have observed prolactin-immunoreactive neurons and synapses in the hypothalamus. Reaction product was discovered in medial basal(More)
The hypothalamic arcuate nucleus (ARC) was electron microscopically studied in diestrous (D) and estrous (E) mice, and mice ovariectomized (OX) 3 weeks before. In the middle region of the ARC (mARC), the number of dense core vesicles (DCVs) appearing in a section of each neuronal perikaryon was examined, and the location of the neurons containing DCVs was(More)
82% of female mice, that had received a single injection of 50 mug testosterone propionate (TP) at 4 days of age, became persistent estrous by 90 days. If 50 mug pentobarbital or 10 mug reserpine was given simultaneously with TP, the incidence of hypothalamic masculinization (persistent estrus (PE) and polyfollicular ovaries lacking corpora lutea) at 90(More)
The distribution of the dopamine (DA) cell bodies was elucidated within the mouse arcuate nucleus by fluorescence histochemistry. The arcuate nucleus was divided into five regions; heterogeneity in distribution and different amounts of DA among the regional areas were demonstrated. The DA cell bodies containing a large amount of DA, observable even in the(More)
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