Shuzo Izumi

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Basal and receptor-regulated changes in cytoplasmic calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) were monitored by fluorescence analysis in individual rat pituitary gonadotrophs loaded with the calcium-sensitive dye indo-1. Most gonadotrophs exhibited low amplitude spontaneous oscillations in basal [Ca2+]i that were interspersed by quiescent periods and abolished by(More)
In the adult, the peptide hormone angiotensin II (AII) is primarily known as a regulator of circulatory homeostasis, but recent evidence also suggests a role in cell growth. This study of AII in late gestation rat fetuses revealed the unexpected presence of receptors in skeletal muscle and connective tissue, in addition to those in recognized adult target(More)
The relationships between the activation status of voltage-sensitive Ca2+ channels and secretory responses were analyzed in perfused rat gonadotrophs during stimulation by high extracellular K+ concentration ([K+]e) or the physiological agonist, gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). Increase of [K+]e to 50 mM evokes an on-off secretory response, with a(More)
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) stimulates characteristic biphasic increases in cytosolic calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) and in luteinizing hormone (LH) release in cultured gonadotrophs, with an early peak followed by a prolonged plateau in both responses. Analysis of [Ca2+]i by dual-wavelength fluorimetric assay and of LH release at 5-sec intervals(More)
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) stimulates calcium mobilization and influx in pituitary gonadotrophs, and agonist-induced calcium entry through voltage-sensitive channels (VSCC) is required for the maintenance of gonadotropin secretion. However, prolonged or frequent exposure to GnRH attenuates the extracellular Ca2+-dependent cytosolic Ca2+ signal(More)
G. Rond has proved a Diophantine type inequality for the field of quotients of the convergent or formal power series ring in multivari-ables. We generalize his theorem to the field of the quotients of an excellent Henselian local domain in equicharacteristic case. R ´ ESUM´ E. G. Rond a démontré une inégalité de type Diophantien pour le corps des quotients(More)
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) stimulates rapid peak increases in [Ca2+]i and LH release, followed by lower but sustained elevations of both [Ca2+]i and hormone secretion. Omission of extracellular Ca2+ only slightly decreased the peak of [Ca2+]i, but reduced the peak LH response by 40% and prevented the prolonged increases in [Ca2+]i and LH release.(More)
The gonadotropin secretory response of anterior pituitary cells to phorbol esters includes both extracellular Ca2(+)-dependent and -independent components (Stojilković et al, 1988; J. Biol. Chem. 263, 17301-17306, 1988). In cultured pituitary cells, measurements of [Ca2+]i using Fura-2 and of LH release during cell perifusion studies revealed that the(More)