Tetsuro Kita

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Ghrelin, a novel peptide isolated from stomach tissue of rats and humans, has been identified as the endogenous ligand for the growth hormone secretagogue receptor (GHS-R). In addition to its secretion from the stomach, ghrelin is also expressed in the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus, intestine, kidney, placenta, and pancreas. GHS-R mRNA, on the other hand, is(More)
Galanin-like peptide (GALP) is a novel orexigenic neuropeptide that is recently isolated from the porcine hypothalamus. GALP-containing neurons predominantly locate in the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus (ARC). The expression of GALP mRNA within the ARC is increased after the administration of leptin. GALP-containing neurons express leptin receptor and contain(More)
Galanin-like peptide (GALP) is a novel peptide which is isolated from the porcine hypothalamus. GALP-containing neurons are present in the arcuate nucleus (ARC), being particularly densely concentrated in medial posterior regions. To observe the ultrastructure and synaptic relationships of GALP-containing neurons in the ARC, light and immunoelectron(More)
Cholecystokinin (CCK) plays a major role in the regulation of pancreatic enzyme secretion based on its binding to the CCK-A receptor (CCK-AR). While CCK-AR is known to be expressed in rat islet B cells, the localization of CCK-AR in rat pancreatic A and D cells remains poorly understood. The aim of this study was to identify the localization of CCK-AR in(More)
The hypothalamus plays an important role in the regulation of feeding behavior, energy metabolism and reproduction. A novel peptide containing 60 amino acid peptide and a non-amidated C-terminus is produced in the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus (ARC) and has been named galanin-like peptide (GALP) on the basis of a portion of this peptide being homologous with(More)
The distribution of orexin A immunoreactivity and the synaptic relationships of orexin A-positive neurons in the rat area postrema were studied using both light and electron microscopy techniques. At the light microscope level, numerous orexin A-like immunoreactive fibers were found within the area postrema. Using electron microscopy, immunoreactivity(More)
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