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We studied the effects of olfactory stimuli on preference for corn oil in mice. In the conditioned place preference test, voluntary intake of 100% corn oil by both olfactory normal and ZnSO4-induced olfactory-blocked (anosmic) mice resulted in their place preference for the corn oil-related box. In the olfactory normal mice, place preference was also(More)
We previously reported that voluntary intake of corn oil in the light box showed place preference in the conditioned place preference (CPP) test in mice. In the present study, we investigated the contribution of opioidergic systems to the corn oil-induced CPP in mice. Acquisition of the place preference by corn oil intake was blocked by i.p. injections of(More)
To clarify the involvement of G protein in denatonium signal transduction, we carried out a whole-cell patch-clamp analysis with isolated taste cells in mice. Two different responses were observed by applying GDP-beta-S, a G-protein inhibitor. One response to denatonium was reduced by GDP-beta-S (G-protein-dependent), whereas the other was not affected(More)
We investigated the effects of corn oil stimuli in the oral cavity on monoaminergic neurones by measuring the amount of monoamines and their metabolites in brains of mice. Intraoral injection of corn oil (0.1 ml) increased dopamine (DA) turnover rate in the cortex 3, 5 and 10 min after injection in mice. A significant increase of DA turnover rate was also(More)
In this study, we compared the clinical and endocrinological characteristics, neuroimaging findings, surgical outcome, and conventional histological findings (including immunohistochemistry) with the electron microscopic appearance of 31 growth hormone (GH)-producing adenomas. By electron microscopy, these 31 tumors were divided into 23 densely granulated(More)
Gluconate is used as an additive in a wide range of processed foods. In this study, we investigated its utility as a taste-improving substance. To determine whether it has a suppressive effect on bitter taste, sensory evaluations were performed by human subjects. When gluconate was added to a quinine-HCl (QHCl) solution, the taste intensity decreased, but(More)
In this study, we present a quadruple immunostaining method for rapid muscle fiber typing of mice and rats using antibodies specific to the adult myosin heavy chain (MyHC) isoforms MyHC1, 2A, 2X, and 2B, which are common marker proteins of distinct muscle fiber types. We developed rat monoclonal antibodies specific to each MyHC isoform and conjugated these(More)
Regenerative mechanisms that regulate intramuscular motor innervation are thought to reside in the spatiotemporal expression of axon-guidance molecules. Our previous studies proposed an unexplored role of resident myogenic stem cell (satellite cell)-derived myoblasts as a key presenter of a secreted neural chemorepellent semaphorin 3A (Sema3A); hepatocyte(More)
Mice show a strong preference for corn oil, which was thought to be elicited by stimulation in the oral cavity. Grooming behavior is known to be induced by dopamine D(1) stimulation in rodents. Therefore, we evaluated stimulation by corn oil in the oral cavity and the contribution of D(1) receptors to corn-oil-induced grooming in mice. Intraoral injection(More)