Moe Tsutsumi

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A class of scaffolding protein containing the post-synaptic density-95/Dlg/ZO-1 (PDZ) domain is thought to be involved in synaptic trafficking of alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole propionic acid (AMPA) receptors during development. To clarify the molecular mechanism of AMPA receptor trafficking, we performed a yeast two-hybrid screening system(More)
Epidermal keratinocytes are the epithelial cells of mammalian skin. At the basal layer of the epidermis, these cells proliferate strongly, and as they move towards the skin surface, differentiation proceeds. At the uppermost layer of the epidermis, keratinocytes undergo apoptosis and die, forming a thin, water-impermeable layer called the stratum corneum.(More)
Various sensors that respond to physical or chemical environmental factors have been identified in the peripheral nervous system. Some of them, which respond to mechanical stress, osmotic pressure, temperature and chemical stimuli (such as pH), are also expressed in epidermal keratinocytes. Neurotransmitters and their receptors, as well as receptors that(More)
Oxytocin is a neuropeptide produced primarily in the hypothalamus and is best known for its roles in parturition and lactation. It also influences behaviour, memory and mental state. Recent studies have suggested a variety of roles for oxytocin in peripheral tissues, including skin. Here we show that oxytocin is expressed in human skin. Immunohistochemical(More)
Calcium dynamics in the epidermis play a crucial role in barrier homeostasis and keratinocyte differentiation. We have recently suggested that the electro-physiological responses of the keratinocyte represent the frontier of the skin sensory system for environmental stimuli. In the present study, we have evaluated the responses of proliferating and(More)
Previous reports have suggested the existence of photoreceptors for visible radiation at the surface of the human body. Rhodopsin is a well-known photosensitive protein found in the rod cells of the retina and detects light/dark contrast. Cone opsins are also photosensitive receptors in the cone cells of the retina and detect colour. Here, we describe(More)
Recent studies have shown that the behavior of calcium in the epidermis is closely related to the conditions of the skin, especially the differentiation of the epidermal keratinocytes and the permeability barrier function, and therefore a correct understanding of the calcium dynamics is important in explaining epidermal homeostasis. Here we report on(More)
The effects of parathyroid hormone on the cytoplasmic Ca2+ concentration of canine renal proximal tubule cells grown in primary culture were determined using the fluorescent Ca2+ indicator quin 2. The cultured cells exhibited responses to hormones, enzyme activities, transport functions, and morphology characteristic of the proximal convoluted tubule.(More)
TRPA1 and TRPM8 receptors are activated at low temperature (A1: below 17 degrees C and M8: below 22 degrees C). Recently, we observed that low temperature (below 22 degrees C) induced elevation of intracellular calcium in keratinocytes. Moreover, we demonstrated that topical application of TRPA1 agonists accelerated the recovery of epidermal permeability(More)
Ionotropic receptors, originally found in the brain, were recently also identified in epidermal keratinocytes. Moreover, concentration gradients and movement of calcium are crucial in epidermal homeostasis. Thus, imaging of calcium in the living epidermis is expected to provide insight into epidermal physiology and pathology. Here we describe the imaging of(More)