Miho Sumiyoshi

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Pigment-dispersing factor (PDF) is a pacemaker hormone regulating the locomotor rhythm in insects. In the present study, we cloned the cDNAs encoding the Apis PDF precursor protein, and found that there are at least seven different pdf mRNAs yielded by an alternative splicing site and five alternative polyadenylation sites in the 5'UTR and 3'UTR regions.(More)
An assay for total hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL) in rat fat cells was devised in which fat-associated HSL was solubilized with ether, and triolein or cholesteryloleate was used as substrate. Norepinephrine (NE) caused marked release of glycerol from fat cells but did not activate HSL as estimated using triolein or cholesteryloleate as substrate.(More)
A new alkaline lipase was detected in rat brain and its properties were compared with those of the well-characterized pancreatic lipase and pancreatic lipase-related protein 2. The activity of the alkaline lipase was determined using trioleoylglycerol emulsion at pH 8.0. Subcellular fractions were prepared from brain homogenates by differential(More)
Intestinal fibrosis is an intractable complication of Crohn's disease (CD), and, when occurring excessively, causes severe intestinal obstruction that often necessitates surgical resection. The fibrosis is characterized by an imbalance in the turnover of extracellular matrix (ECM) components, where intestinal fibroblasts/myofibroblasts play active roles in(More)
OBJECTIVE: Chondroitin sulfate is an acidic polymer consisting of repeating D-glucuronic acid and D-N-acetylgalactosamine units, and the N-acetylgalactosamine is substituted with the sulfate at either the 4′ or 6′ position, with approximately one sulfate being present per disaccharide unit. The present study assessed the effects of chondroitin sulfate on(More)
Estrogen-related receptor gamma (ERRgamma), one of the 48 human nuclear receptors, has a fully active conformation with no ligand. We recently demonstrated that ERRgamma binds strongly bisphenol A (BPA), one of the nastiest endocrine disruptors, and thus retaining ERRgamma's high basal constitutive activity. A report that BPA accumulates in the human(More)
BACKGROUND Intestinal fibrosis is a frequent complication of Crohn's disease (CD) and often leads to detrimental stricture formation. Myofibroblasts play active roles in mediating fibrotic changes in various tissues. We investigated whether transient receptor potential channels in intestinal myofibroblasts are involved in CD-associated intestinal fibrosis.(More)