Sawako Takeshita

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Previously, it was determined that microinjection of morphine into the caudal portion of subnucleus caudalis mimicked the facilitatory effects of intravenous morphine on cornea-responsive neurons recorded at the subnucleus interpolaris/caudalis (Vi/Vc) transition region. The aim of the present study was to determine the opioid receptor subtype(s) that(More)
Hyaluronan is a component of the extracellular matrix of the central nervous system, and forms perineuronal nets around neurons. It has been recently reported that the hyaluronan-degrading enzyme hyaluronidase promotes lateral mobility of AMPA-type glutamate receptors and enhances synaptic plasticity. However, the biological significance of(More)
Core 2 beta1,6-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase I (C2GnT-I) plays a pivotal role in the biosynthesis of mucin-type O-glycans that serve as ligands in cell adhesion. To elucidate the three-dimensional structure of the enzyme for use in computer-aided design of therapeutically relevant enzyme inhibitors, we investigated the participation of cysteine residues(More)
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) represent a family of recurrent conditions that often cause pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) region and muscles of mastication. To determine if TMJ-responsive neurons encoded the intensity of pro-inflammatory chemical signals, dose-effect relationships were assessed after direct injection bradykinin into the joint(More)
Chondroitin sulfate (CS) proteoglycans are strong inhibitors of structural rearrangement after injuries of the adult CNS. In addition to CS chains, keratan sulfate (KS) chains are also covalently attached to some proteoglycans. CS and KS sometimes share the same core protein, but exist as independent sugar chains. However, the biological significance of KS(More)
Neurons responsive to stimulation of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) region were recorded from superficial laminae at the trigeminal subnucleus caudalis/upper cervical cord (Vc/C(2)) junction region of cycling female rats under barbiturate anesthesia. To determine if receptive field (RF) properties or sensitivity to algesic chemicals of TMJ units vary(More)
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