Takaharu Ishibashi

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Store-operated calcium (Ca(2+)) entry (SOCE) is important for cellular activities such as gene transcription, cell cycle progression and proliferation in most non-excitable cells. Stromal interaction molecule 1 (STIM1), a newly identified Ca(2+)-sensing protein, monitors the depletion of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca(2+) stores and activates store-operated(More)
Although plasma NOx (NO(2)(-) and NO(3)(-)) has been used as an index of nitric oxide (NO) formation in vivo, many unreasonable results appeared even after active elimination of NOx contamination from laboratory ware. For example, plasma NOx concentrations did not increase during vasodilation mediated by the NO/cGMP pathway or after organ perfusion. A(More)
The basal activity of nitric oxide (NO) is reduced in spastic arteries of patients with vasospastic angina (VSA). Elevated concentrations of ADMA are associated with reduced NO production and impaired endothelium-dependent vasodilatation. The aim of this study was to elucidate the role of ADMA and its relationship to NO end-products (NOx; nitrate + nitrite)(More)
The aim of this study was to elucidate endothelial dysfunction due to chronic cigarette smoking in young smokers and to determine practical markers of the functional derangement. The subjects were young, healthy, male non-smokers (n=11) and smokers (n=9). Endothelium-dependent and -independent vasodilation was assessed by flow-mediated vasodilation (FMD)(More)
In human epidermoid carcinoma A431 cells, capacitative Ca2+ entries in response to intracellular Ca2+ store depletion with thapsigargin, an endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase inhibitor, and uridine 5'-triphosphate, a phospholipase C-linked agonist, were inhibited by trivalent cations such as Gd3+ and La3+, and by the store-operated Ca2+ channel inhibitor,(More)
Inadequate nutrition complicates the clinical course of critically ill patients, and many of these patients develop pulmonary edema. However, little is known about the effect of malnutrition on the mechanisms that resolve alveolar edema. Therefore, we studied the mechanisms responsible for the decrease in alveolar fluid clearance in rats exposed to(More)
To establish a concrete procedure to achieve a steady state plasma NOx concentration with Japanese daily food, NOx contents of about 200 types of food and beverages consumed daily were measured and NOx concentration in plasma was monitored till steady state after various degree of intake of NOx restricted food. The NOx content was found to be high in dark(More)
We demonstrated previously that amlodipine, a dihydropyridine Ca(2+) channel blocker, exhibits antitumor effects on human epidermoid carcinoma A431 cells both in vitro and in vivo, in part through inhibition of capacitative Ca(2+) entry. In this study, we examined the effects of amlodipine on cell cycle distribution and cell cycle regulatory molecules in(More)
To examine whether or not the levels of NOx (nitrite; NO2- and nitrate; NO3-) in coronary circulating blood reflect endothelial dysfunction due to coronary atherosclerosis, NOx levels in plasma obtained from ostium of left coronary artery and coronary sinus of patients who complained of chest pain were evaluated in relation to their coronary angiographic(More)
The effects of Ca(2+) channel blockers on the proliferation of human epidermoid carcinoma A431 cells were investigated by microtiter tetrazolium (MTT) proliferation assay and bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) incorporation assay. Dihydropyridine derivatives, such as amlodipine, nicardipine, and nimodipine inhibited A431 cell growth and the incorporation of BrdU into(More)