Takayo Murano

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Dopamine D2 receptors signal through the pertussis toxin (PTX)-sensitive G(i/o) and PTX-insensitive G(z) proteins, as well as through a G protein-independent, beta-arrestin/glycogen synthase kinase-3-dependent pathway. Activation of these receptors in pituitary lactotrophs leads to inhibition of prolactin (PRL) release. It has been suggested that this(More)
Anterior pituitary cells fire action potentials and release cyclic nucleotides both spontaneously and in response to agonist stimulation, but the relationship between electrical activity and cyclic nucleotide efflux has not been studied. In these cells, a tetrodotoxin-resistant background N(+) conductance is critical for firing of action potentials, and(More)
To improve the quality of life of elderly people in Japanese society where women have the longest life expectancy in the world, osteoporosis, and hyperlipidemia are among the major targets of medical treatment. To differentiate two types of regimens for hormone replacement therapy (HRT), we tried to evaluate the efficacy on lipid and bone metabolism. With(More)
BACKGROUND Hyperlipidemia and osteoporosis are the medical targets to improve the quality of life of increasing elderly women. OBJECTIVE To elucidate the effect of menopause and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) on lipid and bone metabolism. SUBJECTS With their written informed consent, studied were 89 postmenopausal with 30 premenopausal women, and(More)
G(i/o) protein-coupled receptors, signaling through G protein-dependent and protein-independent pathways, have prominent effects on secretion by modulating calcium signaling and regulating the size of the releasable secretory pool, the rates of exocytosis and endocytosis, and de novo synthesis. Pituitary cells fire action potentials spontaneously, and the(More)
OBJECTIVE We evaluated whether or not persistent ectopic pregnancy (PEP) is a preventable complication after conservative laparoscopic surgery (salpingotomy) for tubal pregnancy. METHODS We reviewed the medical records of 139 patients who underwent salpingotomy between December 1992 and December 2008. RESULTS Out of 139 patients, 23 (16.5%) were(More)
Stress interferes with reproduction, adversely influencing implantation and fetal growth, and sometimes even leading to abortion. Here, we attempted to evaluate the early gestational effects of uncomfortable sound on pregnant mice and their offspring. Ten-week-old pregnant Jcl:ICR mice were exposed to sound (100 dB, random frequency between 9-34 kHz) for 8(More)
To evaluate methotrexate (MTX) administration as a conservative treatment for ectopic pregnancy, we reviewed the medical records of 248 cases (210 patients) of MTX treatment for tubal pregnancies at our department between December 1985 and December 2003, and compared its pregnancy prognosis with that of laparoscopic salpigotomy (59 patients). With the MTX(More)