Seiji Kinoshita

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Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and neurotrophin-3 (NT-3), members of the nerve growth factor (NGF) gene family, have been suggested to play a role in experience-dependent modification of neural networks in the developing nervous system. In this study we addressed the question of whether these neurotrophins are involved in long-term potentiation(More)
To characterize the low-frequency depression (LFD) of synaptic transmission in the visual cortex, we recorded field potentials and minimal excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs) from layer II/III following intracortical stimulation at various frequencies in cortical slices of rats. Field potentials were stable at 0.017 Hz, but showed an amplitude(More)
Here we report developmental characteristics of a clonal cell line 2Y-3t established from a multifocal neoplasm that arose in a cerebellum of an adult p53-deficient mouse. The tumorigenicity of the line was not observed in soft agar assay or in nude mouse assay. In serum-containing medium, 2Y-3t cells were epithelial-like in morphology and were mitotic.(More)
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is reported to enhance synaptic transmission and to play a role in long-term potentiation in hippocampus and neocortex. If so, a shortage or blockade of BDNF might lead to another form of synaptic plasticity, long-term depression (LTD). To test this possibility and to elucidate mechanisms if it is the case, EPSCs(More)
We report the clinical significance of anterior cerebral artery (ACA) notching on the optic nerve and chiasm in a 3.5-year-old girl with a craniopharyngioma and progressive blindness. She presented with a headache and vomiting, followed by binocular blindness. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies demonstrated severely distended A1 segments and(More)
To examine the role of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors in the synaptic input-induced increase in Ca2+ in layer II/III neurons of visual cortex, Ca2+ imaging with a relatively low-affinity indicator was carried out simultaneously with whole-cell recordings of synaptic activity in cortical slices of young rats. Electrical stimulation of layer IV elicited(More)
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