Mayumi Asai

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Brain content of leucine-enkephalin and methionine-enkephalin changes independently during kindling of the amygdala. Both peptides were measured after 4, 8, 15 and 21 days of stimulation. Leu-enkephalin showed a progressive increase during the kindling: the results on the 4th day did not differ significantly from the controls, whereas those on the 8th day(More)
Wistar rats were injected daily with convulsant doses of PTZ (40 mg/kg). The brain content of immunoreactive (IR) enkephalins was measured after repetitive clonic convulsions and after the 'kindling' state was reached. In both instances we found a significant increase of IR [Leu5]enkephalin and IR [Met5]enkephalin in septum, striatum and amygdala 24 h after(More)
The peptides met- and leu-enkephalin were identified in the telencephalon, rombencephalon, diencephalon and hypophysis of Ambystoma mexicanum brain by radioimmunoassay procedure. The met-enkephalin was the predominant peptide present in the axolotl brain in contrast with leu-enkephalin, except in the hypophysis where the ratio MET/LEU was 2.2/l. The clear(More)
Pentylenetetrazol (PTZ) kindling was induced in male Wistar rats by daily i.p. injections of 40 mg/kg of the convulsant agent. Immunoreactive (IR)-Met-enkephalin was quantified in the amygdala, hippocampus and hypothalamus 17 days after the last stimulus, in groups of 6-7 rats, every 4 h, beginning at 08.00 h. IR-Met-enkephalin level displayed diurnal(More)
Established amygdaloid kindling causes an increase in the immunoassayable content of both Leuenkephalin and Met-enkephalin in the rat brain. Control and sham-operated (electrode implanted but not stimulated) rats do not show statistically significant differences in brain enkephalin content, while kindled rats show a 40% enkephalin increase in both(More)
Using amygdaloid kindling in chronic rats, we were able to observe behavioral, electrographic and IR-Met- and IR-Leu-enkephalin changes throughout the progress of different stages of convulsive activity. Rats presenting the initial stages of kindling, rats presenting the first generalized motor seizure, and rats with at least 10 generalized seizures were(More)
The sustained inhibitory action of spinal endorphins could be responsible for the habituation of polysynaptic responses in the spinal cord. To test this hypothesis, acute spinalized unanesthetized cats (decerebrated and curarized) were used. Sural nerve electrical stimulation (0.2 Hz) was provided and a progressive decrease in the reflex response was found.(More)
Pentylenetetrazol (PTZ) kindling was induced in male Wistar rats by daily i.p. injections of 40 mg/kg of the convulsant agent. IR-Met-enkephalin and IR-Leu-enkephalin were quantified in several brain regions 16 days after the last stimulus. In addition other rats received another PTZ dose on the sixteenth day and the samples were analyzed 1 and 24 h later.(More)
Pentylenetetrazol (PTZ) kindling was induced in male Wistar rats (250-300 g) by daily intraperitoneal injections of 35 mg/kg of the convulsant agent. Immunoreactive (IR)-Met-enkephalin (IR-ME), IR-Leu-enkephalin (IR-LE), IR-heptapeptide (IR-HE), IR-octapeptide (IR-OC) and IR-synenkephalin (IR-Syn) in vitro release was measured from amygdala slices 24 h(More)
We determine the opioid peptide content in the rat brain during the ictal phase and postictal depression after pentylenetetrazol kindling rats. Radioimmunoassays with highly specific antisera risen for Met-enkephalin, Leu-enkephalin and octapeptide, were carried out during the ictal phase, and 15, 30 and 60 min after seizures. We always found an initial(More)