Rika Migishima

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Activin, a member of the transforming growth factor-beta superfamily, is an endocrine hormone that regulates differentiation and proliferation of a wide variety of cells. In the brain, activin protects neurons from ischemic damage. In this study, we demonstrate that activin modulates anxiety-related behavior by analyzing ACM4 and FSM transgenic mice in(More)
The formation of long-term memory (LTM) and the late phase of long-term potentiation (L-LTP) depend on macromolecule synthesis, translation, and transcription in neurons. vesl-1S (V ASP/E na-related gene upregulated during s eizure and L TP, also known as homer-1a) is an LTP-induced immediate early gene. The short form of Vesl (Vesl-1S) is an alternatively(More)
A recent study has revealed that fear memory may be vulnerable following retrieval, and is then reconsolidated in a protein synthesis-dependent manner. However, little is known about the molecular mechanisms of these processes. Activin betaA, a member of the TGF-beta superfamily, is increased in activated neuronal circuits and regulates dendritic spine(More)
Previously, we found that more than a half of the NK1.1(+) T cell lines prepared from CD1(-/-) livers expressed invariant Valpha19-Jalpha33 TCR alpha chains. Over-expression of the invariant Valpha19-Jalpha33 TCR alpha transgene (Tg) with a natural TCR alpha promoter and an enhancer in mice induced the development of NK1.1(+) T cells (Valpha19 NKT cells) in(More)
Spermiogenesis is a complex process that is regulated by a plethora of genes and interactions between germ and somatic cells. Here we report a novel mutant mouse strain that carries a transgene insertional/translocational mutation and exhibits dominant male sterility. We named the mutation dominant spermiogenesis defect (Dspd). In the testes of Dspd mutant(More)
The proper regulation of microtubule (MT) structure is important for dendritic and neural circuit development. However, the relationship between the regulation of the MTs in dendrites and the formation of neural function is still unclear. Stathmin is a MT destabilizer, and we have previously reported that the expression and the activity of stathmin is(More)
We have previously shown that over-expression of the invariant Vα19-Jα33 TCR α transgene (Tg) using a natural TCR α promoter in mice induces the development of NK1.1(+) T cells (Vα19 NKT cells) in lymphoid organs, including the liver and intestine. These cells produce different spectra of immunoregulatory cytokines such as IL-4, IL-10, IL-17, and IFN-γ(More)
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