Toshiuyki Sasaguri

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D-myo-inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate (InsP3) is a putative intracellular second messenger for the mobilization of Ca2+ from intracellular stores, in particular, the endoplasmic reticulum. Specific binding sites on the endoplasmic reticulum may participate in the InsP3-induced release of Ca2+ from the Ca2+ pool. To examine the specific binding sites on the(More)
Inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (InsP3) releases Ca2+ from the non-mitochondrial Ca2+ store site of various types of cells. To study the mechanisms of the Ca2+ release from the store site, the effect of InsP3 on the passive Ca2+ release and influx, and the active Ca2+ uptake in the presence of oxalate, was examined using saponin-treated guinea pig peritoneal(More)
Mechanisms linked to actin filaments have long been thought to cooperate in smooth muscle contraction, although key molecules were unclear. We show evidence that cardiac troponin T (cTnT) substantially contributes to Ca(2+)-mediated contraction in a physiological range of cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)). cTnT was detected in various smooth(More)
1. K+ and scorpion toxin stimulate formation of inositol phosphates in guinea-pig ileum longitudinal smooth muscle slices. The response to these two agents is not additive. 2. The response to K+ is inhibited partially by nifedipine and partially by omega-conotoxin. When given together the effect of these two Ca2+ channel blockers is additive and the(More)
1. Formation of inositol phosphates (InsPs) was measured in cross-chopped slices or dispersed cells, isolated by collagenase treatment, of guinea-pig ileum longitudinal smooth muscle pre-labelled with [3H]inositol. 2. Elevation of the extracellular K+ concentration by equimolar replacement of Na+ induced accumulation of InsPs in the dispersed cells and in(More)
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