Masanobu Yamada

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The brain hypothalamus contains certain secreted molecules that are important in regulating feeding behaviour. Here we show that nesfatin, corresponding to NEFA/nucleobindin2 (NUCB2), a secreted protein of unknown function, is expressed in the appetite-control hypothalamic nuclei in rats. Intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) injection of NUCB2 reduces feeding.(More)
CONTEXT Mutations of the KCNJ5 gene have recently been identified in patients with aldosterone-producing adenomas (APA). OBJECTIVE Our objective was to investigate the expression and mutations of the KCNJ5 gene in Japanese patients with APA. DESIGN AND PATIENTS We sequenced KCNJ5 cDNA and measured KCNJ5 mRNA levels in 23 patients with APA operated on at(More)
Hypercholesterolemia is found in patients with hypothyroidism and resistance to thyroid hormone. In this study, we examined cholesterol metabolism in a thyroid hormone receptor beta (TR-beta) mutant mouse model of resistance to thyroid hormone. Whereas studies of cholesterol metabolism have been reported in TR-beta knock-out mice, generalized expression of(More)
TSH-secreting adenoma is a rare pituitary adenoma, and the expression levels of the specific subtypes of somatostatin receptors (sstr) mRNAs have remained obscure. To determine the quantitative expression of the sstr1-5 mRNAs in TSH-secreting adenomas that may be related to the efficacy of treatment with a somatostatin analogue, expression of the sstr1-5(More)
The molecular mechanism of thyroid hormone (TH) effects to fatty acid metabolism in liver is yet to be clear. The carbohydrate response element-binding protein (ChREBP) as well as sterol response element-binding protein (SREBP)-1c plays a pivotal role in hepatic lipogenesis. Both SREBP-1c and ChREBP are target genes of liver X receptors (LXRs). Because LXRs(More)
OBJECTIVE Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) is less well recognized in Asian countries, including Japan, than in the West. The clinical features and optimal management of MEN1 have yet to be clarified in Japan. The aim of this study was to clarify the clinical features of Japanese patients with MEN1. DESIGN/PATIENTS We established a MEN study(More)
We cloned a novel splicing variant for nuclear coactivator p120(alpha), designated as p120beta and studied its function and expression in several human prostate diseases. Transfection assays demonstrated that p120beta functions as a strong coactivator for androgen receptor (AR), but weakly for other nuclear receptors. GST-pull down assay showed that a(More)
 Platinum (Pt) levels in plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in patients with malignant glioma were determined after initiation of selective intraarterial chemotherapy with a combination of VP-16 (etoposide) and CDDP (cisplatin), and were compared with the CSF Pt levels in patients with metastatic brain tumors after intravenous or intracarotid(More)
Activation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-gamma by the thiazolidinedione (TZD) class of antidiabetic drugs elicits growth inhibition in a variety of malignant tumors. We clarified the effects of TZDs on growth of human non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) cells that express endogenous PPAR-gamma. Troglitazone and pioglitazone caused(More)
Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) stimulation of skeletal muscle, cultured myotubes, and 3T3L1 adipocytes results in glucose transporter 4 (Glut4) translocation, albeit to a reduced level compared with insulin. To address the mechanism of PDGF action, we have determined that the Syntaxin 4 negative regulatory protein, Munc18c, undergoes PDGF-stimulated(More)