Mitsutoshi Asai

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The primary structure of a precursor protein that contains beta-neo-endorphin, dynorphin and a third leucine-enkephalin sequence with a carboxyl extension has been deduced from the nucleotide sequence of cloned DNA complementary to the porcine hypothalamic mRNA encoding it. The three peptides are each bounded by Lys-Arg. This precursor protein, like adrenal(More)
The ubiquitin-proteasome system contributes to regulation of apoptosis degrading apoptosis-regulatory proteins. Marked accumulation of ubiquitinated proteins in cardiomyocytes of human failing hearts suggested impaired ubiquitin-proteasome system in heart failure. Since cardiomyocyte apoptosis contributes to the progression of cardiac dysfunction in(More)
This study was designed to assess the association between novelty seeking and D4DR gene polymorphism in the Japanese population. The 48 bp repeat polymorphism in the third exon of the dopamine D4 receptor gene of 153 normal female students was correlated with personality feature results from the Japanese version of Cloninger's Temperament and Character(More)
Aging alters circadian components such as the free-running period, the day-to-night activity ratio and photic entrainment in behavioral rhythms, and 2-deoxyglucose uptakes and neuronal firing in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). A core clock mechanism in the mouse SCN appears to involve a transcriptional feedback loop in which Period (Per) and Cryptochrome(More)
We investigated the effects of interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta), administered directly into the rat anterior hypothalamus (AHY), on monoamine release in the same region by using a brain microdialysis technique and an HPLC-electrochemical detection system. First, to study the local effects of IL-1 beta, we used a microdialysis probe equipped with a(More)
We investigated whether interleukin-1 (IL-1) activity in the rat hypothalamus was increased by immobilization stress (IS), and whether pretreatment with an interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra) is capable of inhibiting IS-induced elevations of hypothalamic norepinephrine (NE), dopamine (DA), and serotonin (5-HT) and the levels of their metabolites as(More)
BACKGROUND The incidence of cervical metastases after surgery for Stages I/II carcinoma of the tongue is 30-40%. Postoperative cervical metastases are an adverse prognostic factor for patients with this malignancy. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinicopathologic factors associated with late cervical metastases in patients with carcinoma of(More)
We analyzed effects of aging on behavioral rhythms in the mouse showing senescence acceleration, SAMP8 strains. The free-running rhythms had longer free-running periods (tau) in SAMP8 than in the control strain (SAMR1). Drinking of melatonin promoted the adaptation to advanced LD in SAMR1 but not in SAMP8, although both strains exhibited melatonin MT1 and(More)
We investigated a genetic association between mood disorders (bipolar and unipolar) and the alleles of monoamine oxidase (MAO) A and B (MAOA and MAOB). One hundred and twelve unrelated Japanese patients (60 bipolar, 52 unipolar) and 100 controls were genotyped for three markers of MAOA and for one marker of MAOB. No statistically significant difference in(More)