Takafumi Nagatomo

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The serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) receptors have conventionally been divided into seven subfamilies, most of which have several subtypes. Among them, 5-HT(2A) receptor is associated with the contraction of vascular smooth muscle, platelet aggregation and thrombus formation and coronary artery spasms. Accordingly, selective 5-HT(2A) antagonists may(More)
The present study was designed to examine the specificity of beta-adrenergic antagonists for beta 1-, beta 2-adrenergic and 5HT1B-serotonergic receptors by the competitive interaction with 125I-iodocyanopindolol (125I-ICYP) as a radioligand. The beta 1-adrenoceptors were preferred by acebutolol, atenolol, betaxolol, practolol, and l-, dl- and d-metoprolol,(More)
Na+ current (INa) through wild-type human heart Na+ channels (hH1) is important for normal cardiac excitability and conduction, and it participates in the control of repolarization and refractoriness. INa kinetics depend strongly on temperature, but INa for hH1 has been studied previously only at room temperature. We characterized early INa (the peak and(More)
Flecainide block of Na(+) current (I(Na)) was investigated in wild-type (WT) or the long QT syndrome 3 (LQT3) sodium channel alpha subunit mutation with three amino acids deleted (DeltaKPQ) stably transfected into human embryonic kidney 293 cells using whole-cell, patch-clamp recordings. Flecainide (1-300 mM) caused tonic and use-dependent block (UDB) of(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the association and dissociation kinetics of [3H]AT-1015 from 5-HT2 receptors in rabbit cerebral cortex membranes using a radioligand binding assay method and to make a comparison with those of [3H]ketanserin binding. Scatchard analysis of [3H]AT-1015 binding in rabbit cerebral cortex membranes indicated the(More)
To investigate the effects of the endogenous kappa-receptor agonists dynorphin and leumorphin on neurons of the supraoptic nucleus in the rat hypothalamus, intracellular recordings were made from 62 supraoptic neurons in slice preparations. Bath application of dynorphin and leumorphin at 10(-7) M to 3 x 10(-6) M decreased the spontaneous firing rate with(More)
AIMS This study was designed to examine the importance of interaction in the binding of selective angiotensin II receptor antagonists to angiotensin II type 1 receptor using molecular modeling. The AT(1) antagonists used in this study were valsartan, candesartan and losartan. MAIN METHODS AT(1) receptor structural model was constructed by homology(More)
The present study investigated the internalization behavior of the constitutively active mutant (CAM) N111G of angiotensin II type 1 (AT(1)) receptor and correlated the result with the mechanism of the constitutive activity of the mutant. The inverse agonist activity of valsartan, losartan, candesartan, and telmisartan was also examined by inositol(More)
1. The rat hypothalamic slice preparation was used to investigate the involvement of inward Na+ currents as well as inward Ca2+ currents in the generation of bursting activity by supraoptic (SON) neurones. Intracellular records were made from thirty-two SON neurones which showed regenerative bursting activity. The bursting activity consisted of spontaneous,(More)
The effect of 30 min of hypoxia followed by reoxygenation on mechanical function was studied in isolated, arterially perfused, neonatal rabbit and dog hearts. All studies were performed at a perfusion rate of 2.5 ml/g-min, at a pacing rate of 60 beats/min and at 27 degrees C. The muscles were perfused with Krebs-Henseleit solutions equilibrated with 95% O2(More)