Shuichi Funakoshi

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Vitamin E succinate (VES) and all-trans-retinoic acid (RA) were determined to be growth inhibitory for B lymphoma cells in vitro. RL, an Epstein-Barr virus-negative human cell line, was growth suppressed 87% with VES (5 micrograms/ml) and 58% with RA (10(-6) M); both agents blocked the cells in G1 of the cell cycle. The antiproliferative effect of VES seems(More)
CD40 is a molecule present on multiple cell types including B lymphocyte lineage cells. CD40 has been shown to play an important role in B cell differentiation and activation in vitro, although little is known concerning the effects of CD40 stimulation in vivo. We therefore examined the effects of CD40 stimulation in mice using a syngeneic bone marrow(More)
The effect of synthetic human calcitonin gene-related peptide (hCGRP) on the isolated and electrically driven left atria of rats were investigated. The peptide at concentrations of 3 X 10(-9)-3 X 10(-7) M produced positive inotropic effects on the left atria in a dose-dependent manner. Verapamil (10(-5) M) and adenosine (10(-4) M) reduced the positive(More)
A rat islet amyloid polypeptide (amylin), 37-residue peptide amide was synthesized by the Fmoc-based solid phase method and the biological activity of synthetic rat amylin on exocrine pancreas was evaluated for the first time in conscious rat. Amylin (1, 10 nmol/kg/h) stimulated pancreatic exocrine secretion and plasma gastrin concentration. CR-1409, a CCK(More)
Memory B cells (MBCs) and long-lived plasma cells (LLPCs) are responsible for immunological "memory", which can last for many years. The long-term survival niche for LLPCs in the bone marrow is well characterized; however, the corresponding niche for MBCs is unclear. BILL-cadherin/cadherin-17 (CDH17) is the only member of the cadherin superfamily that is(More)
Effects of synthetic human pancreastatin-52 and human pancreastatin-29 on pancreatic secretion and blood flow were examined in rats and dogs. Synthetic human pancreastatin-52 and human pancreastatin-29 were equally potent in suppressing the release of amylase stimulated by cholecystokinin in rats in vivo. However, neither human pancreastatin-52 nor human(More)
Effects of synthetic rat pancreastatin C-terminal fragment on both exocrine and endocrine pancreatic functions were examined in rats, in vivo and in vitro. Pancreastatin (20, 100 pmol, 1 nmol/kg/h) significantly inhibited CCK-8-stimulated pancreatic juice flow and protein output in a dose-related manner, in vivo. The inhibitory effect on bicarbonate output(More)
We have reported that porcine pancreastatin inhibits cholecystokinin (CCK)-stimulated pancreatic exocrine secretion in conscious rats. In the present study, the effects of mammalian pancreastatins on exocrine pancreatic functions in rats were compared using synthetic pancreastatins (porcine, bovine, human, and rat). Rats were prepared with cannulae draining(More)
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