Toshiuyki Sasaguri

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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. The role of protein kinase C (PKC) in agonist-induced contractions of guinea-pig ileum longitudinal smooth muscle has been investigated. 2. The phorbol esters, phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate (PDBu), phorbol 12,13-diacetate (PDA) and phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA), relaxed tissues precontracted by submaximal concentrations of carbachol, histamine or(More)
1. We have investigated the effect of phorbol esters and the down-regulation of protein kinase C on contraction of guinea-pig ileum longitudinal smooth muscle to carbachol and high K+. 2. Phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate (PDBu) enhanced the phasic component and inhibited or enhanced, respectively, the tonic component of contraction to carbachol and high K+. In(More)
Fluoride ions (1-30 mM) stimulate phosphoinositide hydrolysis in guinea-pig ileum longitudinal smooth muscle slices, and this is not inhibited in the presence of indomethacin or nifedipine. This action is associated with a slow contractile response which peaks after approximately five minutes and then declines towards baseline; at this time the contractile(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. 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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