Reiko Fujita

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Application of either acetylcholine (ACh), dopamine (DA), histamine (HA), or Phe-Met-Arg-Phe-NH2 (FMRFamide) induces a K+-current response in the identified neurons of Aplysia under voltage clamp. This type of response is mediated by a pertussis toxin (PTX)-sensitive G-protein, Gi or Go. Extracellular application of 60 microM phorbol dibutyrate (PDBu), an(More)
The application of either follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) or adenosine (Ade) induces a K(+)-current response in the follicular cells surrounding a Xenopus oocyte under a voltage clamp. These K(+)-current responses are reported to be produced by an increase in intracellular cAMP. A previous application of ATP to the same cells markedly depressed the(More)
This study demonstrates that astemizole, a non-sedating anti-histaminergic drug with low toxicity in vivo, greatly potentiates the growth-inhibitory activity of doxorubicin in doxorubicin-resistant human leukemia cells (K562/DXR). Astemizole synergistically potentiated the cytotoxicity of doxorubicin for K562/DXR cells at a concentration of 0.1-3 microM in(More)
The effects of serotonin (5-HT) on a beta-adrenergic response were studied, using the voltage clamp technique, in Xenopus laevis oocytes surrounded by their follicular cells. noradrenaline induced marked hyperpolarization, with a specific increase in the permeability of the membrane toward K+. Application of 10 microM 5-HT had little effect on the resting(More)
A new type of organic Ca2+ channel blocker, tamolarizine, was examined for its reversing effect on multidrug-resistant tumor cells. Tamolarizine synergistically potentiated the cytotoxicity of doxorubicin for doxorubicin-resistant K562 cells (K562/DXR) at a concentration of 0.1-10 microM, but had hardly any synergistic effects in the parental cell line(More)
Immunoglobulin G (IgG) of excellent quality for intravenous use was obtained from the cryosupernatant of human plasma by a chromatographic method based on a mixture of ion-exchange, DEAE-Sepharose FF and arginine Sepharose 4B affinity chromatography and a final purification step by Sephacryl S-300 HR gel filtration. The yield of 10 experimental batches(More)
We studied the effect of the antimalarial drug mefloquine on the resistance of K562 cells to doxorubicin. Mefloquine synergistically potentiated the cytotoxicity of doxorubicin for doxorubicin-resistant K562 cells (K562/DXR) at a concentration of 0.5-3 microM, but had hardly any synergistic effect in the parental cell line (K562) at the same concentration.(More)
The follicular cells surrounding Xenopus oocyte under voltage clamp produce K(+)-current responses to follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), adenosine (Ade), and intracellularly applied cAMP. We previously reported that these responses are suppressed by the stimulation of P2Y receptor through phosphorylation by PKC presumably of the ATP-sensitive K(+) (K(ATP))(More)
In identified B6 neurons of Aplysia buccal ganglia under voltage-clamp, application of quisqualic acid (QA) induces a unique slow K(+)-current response independent of G-protein. The response was augmented by raising the temperature in a similar fashion to the Phe-Met-Arg-Phe-NH(2)-induced K(+)-current response mediated by Gi/o. The QA-induced K(+)-current(More)
Haloperidol, an antipsychotic, was investigated in cells overexpressing P-glycoprotein to detemine whether it was a clinically effective drug to reverse for reversing multidrug resistance (MDR) mediated by P-glycoprotein. A nontoxic concentration of haloperidol (1-30 microM) enhanced the cytotoxic effects of vinblastine (VBL) concentration-dependently in(More)