Masaru Mukai

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Biochemical studies of flavohemoglobin (Hmp) from Escherichia coli suggest that instead of aerobic oxygen delivery, a dioxygenase converts NO to NO3(-) and anaerobically, an NO reductase converts NO to N(2)O. To investigate the structural features underlying the chemical reactivity of Hmp, we have measured the resonance Raman spectra of the ligand-free(More)
A nanosensory membrane device was constructed for detecting liposome fusion through changes in an enzymatic activity. Inspired by a biological signal transduction system, the device design involved functionalized liposomal membranes prepared by self-assembly of the following molecular components: a synthetic peptide lipid and a phospholipid as matrix(More)
The involvement of dopaminergic mechanisms in modulating ganglionic transmission of the dog cardiac sympathetic ganglia were investigated in both in vivo and in vitro experiments. The positive chronotropic responses to preganglionic stellate stimulation were inhibited by R(+)SK&F38393 and talipexole administered directly to the ganglia through the artery,(More)
Antigenic stimulation of rat basophilic leukemia (RBL-2H3) cells, a tumor mast cell line, is associated with an increase in intracellular free Ca2+ concentrations ([Ca2+]i) and membrane polarization. We recorded whole cell and single-channel currents through the inwardly rectifying K+ channel, a major resting conductance of cells, using the patch-clamp(More)
A patch clamp technique was used in rat basophilic leukemia (RBL) cells to reveal the response properties of K+ Channels at different membrane potentials and the effects of Ca2+ on channel activity. In the whole-cell, cell-attached and inside-out clamp configurations, inward K+ currents markedly increased with increasing hyperpolarization, showing the(More)
We recently reported that the secretagogue, compound 48/80, activated Ca2(+)-permeable channels of mast cells possibly via a second messenger [Kuno, Okada, and Shibata. Am. J. Physiol. 256 (Cell Physiol. 25): C560-C568, 1989]. The effects of pretreatment with pertussis toxin (PT) on compound 48/80 (48/80)-induced activation of the Ca2(+)-permeable channel(More)
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