Miwa Tokumura

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The brain cAMP regulating system and its downstream elements play a pivotal role in the therapeutic effects of antidepressants. We previously reported the increase in activities of phosphodiesterase 4, a major phosphodiesterase isozyme hydrolyzing cAMP, in the frontal cortex and hippocampus of learned helplessness rats, an animal model for depression. The(More)
The effect of intrathecal nocistatin on formalin-induced pain in mice was investigated and compared with that of nociceptin/orphanin FQ (Noc/OFQ) to get information on the functional relationship between nocistatin and Noc/OFQ in the spinal cord. Subcutaneous injection of formalin into the hindpaw induced biphasic pain behaviors. Nocistatin, 1 pg, given(More)
beta-Lactam antibiotics have been suggested to have some degree of convulsive activity and neurotoxicity in experimental animals as well as in clinical situations. We examined the convulsive activities of a new carbapenem antibiotic,(More)
The present study examined the activities of adenylyl cyclase (AC) and rolipram-sensitive phosphodiesterase (PDE4) on brain regions in learned helplessness rat in order to clarify the cyclic AMP (cAMP) regulation system in the depressive state. Rats exposed to inescapable footshocks once a day for 3 days exhibited a significant increase in escape failure on(More)
Intracellular cyclic AMP regulation systems play an important role in the mechanisms of morphine dependence and withdrawal. In the present study, to clarify the involvement of phosphodiesterase (PDE) 4, degradation enzyme of cyclic AMP in morphine dependence and withdrawal we investigated the activities of PDE4 after naloxone-precipitation in single(More)
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