Tomonori Ninomiya

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It has been reported that glutamate-induced neurotoxicity is related to an increase in nitric oxide (NO) concentration. An NO-sensitive electrode has been developed to measure NO concentration directly. Using this electrode, we examined NO concentration and neuronal survival after glutamate application in rat cultured cortical neurons. We also examined the(More)
Several studies have suggested that acid-sensing ion channel 2 (ASIC2) plays a role in mechanoperception and acid sensing in the peripheral nervous system. We examined the expression and distribution of ASIC2 in the rat dorsal root ganglion, the co-localization of ASIC2 with tropomyosin-related kinase (trk) receptors, and the effects of axotomy on ASIC2(More)
Increasing evidence indicates that endothelin-1 has a role for peripheral nociceptive signaling in animals and humans. However, the mechanisms of the nociceptive effects of endothelin-1 have not been fully understood. The current study investigated the effects of endothelin-1 on the capsaicin-evoked intracellular Ca2+ response of cultured adult mice dorsal(More)
We hypothesized that abnormal activity and adrenergic sensitivity in injured dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons are due to an intrinsic alteration of the cell body membrane. We investigated the effects of adrenergic stimulus on the activities of Ca2+ and K+ channels of DRG neurons in a rat chronic constriction injury (CCI) model. At first, we demonstrated(More)
The primary sensory neurons in mouse dorsal root ganglia consist of diversified subpopulations which express distinct phenotypic characteristics such as substance P or calbindin D-28k. To determine whether neuronal phenotypes are altered or not in in vitro cultures carried out in a defined synthetic medium, dissociated dorsal root ganglion cells from(More)
Whole-cell patch-clamp techniques were employed to examine the effects of bepridil, a Ca2+ channel blocker with Vaughan Williams class III action, on a slow component of cardiac delayed rectifier K+ current (IKs), which was reconstituted in HEK293 cells by transfecting KCNQ1 and KCNE1. Micromolar bepridil inhibited tail currents carried by KCNQ1/KCNE1(More)
Trisomy 13 was detected in 10% of mouse embryos obtained from pregnant females which were doubly heterozygous for Robertsonian chromosomes involving chromosome 13. The developing dorsal root ganglia and spinal cords were examined in trisomy 13 and littermate control mice between days 12 and 18 of gestation (E12-18). The overall size of the dorsal root(More)
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