Shinobu Mori

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Adipose tissue is a connective tissue specified for energy metabolism and endocrines, but functional differences between subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) and visceral adipose tissue (VAT) have not been fully elucidated. To reveal the physiological role of SAT, we characterized in vivo tissue development and in vitro adipocyte differentiation. In a DNA(More)
Uncoupling protein (UCP) is a mitochondrial membrane protein that uncouples oxidative phosphorylation. The physiological function of major isoforms of UCPs is related to the control of body temperature and reactive oxygen species production. Although skin is an important organ for heat radiation and protection against stress, the expression and function of(More)
Activin A, a member of the TGF-b superfamily, is abundant in bone matrix, but little is known about its physiological role in bone metabolism. The present study was undertaken to determine whether topical activin A can increase the bone mass of isografted bone. The tibiae were bilaterally dissected from a donor C3H/HeJ mouse and transplanted subcutaneously(More)
We have found natural products exhibiting lipolysis-promoting activity in subcutaneous adipocytes, which are less sensitive to hormones than visceral adipocytes. The activities and a action mechanisms of a novel plant extract of Cirsium oligophyllum (CE) were investigated in isolated adipocytes from rat subcutaneous fat, and its fat-reducing effects by(More)
In adipocytes, short and long term stimulation of β adrenergic receptors (βAR) induces the desensitization to catecholamines, leading to a decrease in the intracellular accumulation of cAMP, but the roles played by this in lipolysis is not clear. In this study, we assessed the catecholamine-induced desensitization of lipolysis and compared this in(More)
Subcutaneous adipocytes accumulate excess energy as triglycerides, but lipolytic response is less sensitive to catecholamines than visceral adipocytes. Obesity also induces catecholamine resistance of adipocytes. We have searched for crude drugs that could enhance the lipolytic response to noradrenalin. In this study, the lipolysis-promoting activities and(More)
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