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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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 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)
Contamination of various types of laboratory wares with NO(x) (NO(-)(2) and NO(-)(3)) was assessed systematically and the effect of extensive washing as a countermeasure was evaluated. Mean NO(x) contamination arising from a model procedure for NO(x) determination in plasma was 0.93 microM (range, 0.35-1.49 microM). The major source of contamination(More)
To test the hypothesis that NOx (NO and NO, metabolites of NO) accumulates in red blood cells (RBC) in response to changes in PCO(2) and bicarbonate (HCO) concentration in blood, we examined the effect of changes in PCO(2) and HCO induced by hyperventilation in healthy adults on partitioning of NOx in whole blood. NOx in hemolysate was measured by a(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)