Misako Hirabayashi

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Kisspeptin, encoded by the Kiss1 gene, has attracted attention as a key candidate neuropeptide in controlling puberty and reproduction via regulation of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) secretion in mammals. Pioneer studies with Kiss1 or its cognate receptor Gpr54 knockout (KO) mice showed the indispensable role of kisspeptin-GPR54 signalling in the(More)
The present study surveyed activation of central neurons following peripheral administration of apelin-12 (AP12), an apelin peptide homologue, by examining the distribution of neurons expressing c-Fos protein. AP12 is known to induce gastric acid secretion among other physiological functions such as regulation of circulation. It was recently reported that(More)
Rodents show apparent sex differences in their sexual behaviours. The present study used Kiss1 knockout (KO) rats to evaluate the role of kisspeptin in the defeminisation/masculinisation of the brain mechanism that controls sexual behaviours. Castrated adult Kiss1 KO males treated with testosterone showed no male sexual behaviours but demonstrated the(More)
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