Susumu Jitsuki

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In view of recent findings that suggest that the nigrostriatal dopamine (DA) system plays a role in motor control and the acquisition of habits and skills, we hypothesized that the striatum-based function underlying the acquisition of skilled behaviors might be more vulnerable to dopamine depletion than the motor control. To test this hypothesis, we(More)
Loss of one type of sensory input can cause improved functionality of other sensory systems. Whereas this form of plasticity, cross-modal plasticity, is well established, the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying it are still unclear. Here, we show that visual deprivation (VD) increases extracellular serotonin in the juvenile rat barrel cortex. This(More)
In neonates, the stress of social isolation can alter developing neural circuits and cause mental illness. However, the molecular and cellular bases for these effects are poorly understood. Experience-driven synaptic AMPA receptor delivery is crucial for circuit organisation during development. In the rat, whisker experience drives the delivery of glutamate(More)
OBJECT In the authors' previous study, they observed that amino acids 157-171 of von Hippel-Lindau protein (VHL peptide) induced neuronal differentiation of skin-derived precursors. They also noted that transplantation of these differentiated cells into the striata of a Parkinson disease (PD) rat model reduced apomorphine-induced rotations. In the present(More)
To produce an animal model of a dopa-responsive motor disorder with depletion of dopamine (DA) release in the striatum by dysfunction of the transmitter release machinery of the nigrostriatal DA system, we performed an intra-nigral injection of an HVJ-liposome gene transfer vector containing antisense oligodeoxynucleotides (ODNs) against synaptotagmin I(More)
Deprivation of one modality can lead to the improvement of other intact modalities. We have previously reported that visual deprivation drives AMPA receptors into synapses from layer4 to 2/3 in the barrel cortex and sharpens functional whisker-barrel map at layer2/3 2 days after the beginning of visual deprivation. Enhanced excitatory synaptic transmission(More)
Experience-dependent plasticity is limited in the adult brain, and its molecular and cellular mechanisms are poorly understood. Removal of the myelin-inhibiting signaling protein, Nogo receptor (NgR1), restores adult neural plasticity. Here we found that, in NgR1-deficient mice, whisker experience-driven synaptic α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole(More)
Social separation early in life can lead to the development of impaired interpersonal relationships and profound social disorders. However, the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms involved are largely unknown. Here, we found that isolation of neonatal rats induced glucocorticoid-dependent social dominance over nonisolated control rats in juveniles(More)
The medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) controls emotional responses in many species,receiving serotonergic innervation from the dorsal and median raphe nucleus (DRN and MRN). To examine the sex difference in 24-h profiles of extracellular serotonin (5HT) levels in the mPFC, an in vivo microdialysis study was performed using intact male, diestrous female, and(More)
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