Yasuhide Watanabe

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In an attempt to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying neuro-network formation in the developing brain, we analyzed 130 proteolytic cleavage peptides of membrane proteins purified from newborn mouse brains. We describe here the characterization of a membrane protein with an apparent molecular mass of 46 kDa, a member of the immunoglobulin(More)
This study investigates the role of the developing diencephalic floor or mesenchymal tissue in the differentiation of ACTH-producing cells. The adenohypophysial primordia of fetal rats on days 12.5 and 13.5 of gestation were treated with collagenase; some primordia were allowed to retain an association with the brain and mesenchyme, but in others the brain(More)
The objective of this in-vitro study was to examine whether the diencephalic floor or the mesenchyme is involved in differentiation of LH cells in the developing rat adenohypophysis. Overall growth of the adenohypophysial tissue was retarded when the adenohypophysial primordium was cultivated after enzymatic removal of the diencephalic floor on days 11.5(More)
The aim of the present study was to test whether the luteinizing-hormone (LH) cells in the pars tuberalis (PT) of the rat and mouse respond to LH-releasing hormone (LHRH) as do those of the pars distalis. A part of the basal hypothalamus containing the pituitary stalk, median eminence and the pars tuberalis (H-PT), was dissected out and incubated in vitro.(More)
BACKGROUND The identification of protein kinase A (PKA) anchoring proteins on mitochondria implies a direct effect of PKA on mitochondrial function. However, little is known about the relationship between PKA and mitochondrial metabolism. METHODS AND RESULTS The effects of PKA on the mitochondrial redox state (flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD)),(More)
A phosphonoglycosphingolipid, designated as FGL-IIb, was first identified in nerve fibers of Aplysia kurodai by two-dimensional TLC (Abe, S. et al. (1986) Biomed. Res. 7, 47-51), and its chemical structure has been determined to be 3,4-O-(1-carboxyethylidene)]Gal beta 1----3GalNac alpha 1----3(Fuc alpha 1----2)(2-aminoethylphosphonyl----6)Gal beta 1----4Glc(More)
Recently, YM-244769 (N-(3-aminobenzyl)-6-{4-[(3-fluorobenzyl)oxy]phenoxy} nicotinamide) has been reported as a new potent and selective Na+/Ca2+ exchange (NCX) inhibitor by using various cells transfected with NCX using the 45Ca2+ fluorescent technique. However, the electrophysiological study of YM-244769 on NCX had not been performed in the mammalian(More)
Nicorandil, a hybrid of an ATP-sensitive K+ (KATP) channel opener and a nitrate generator, is used clinically for the treatment of angina pectoris. This agent has been reported to exert antiarrhythmic actions by abolishing both triggered activity and spontaneous automaticity in an in vitro study. It is well known that delayed afterdepolarizations (DADs) are(More)
It is generally accepted that hypothalectomy of frog tadpoles at the open neurula stage results in failure of the pars intermedia to develop. A pale body color is assumed to be evidence that the hypothalamus was completely removed. The present study, however, shows that hypothalectomized Rana japonica can develop into either albino, as already reported, or(More)
We studied cellular calcium (Ca) mobilization and Ca entry from the medium following injection of various inositol phosphates (IPs) or activation of thyrotropin-releasing hormone receptors (TRH-Rs) in oocytes injected with TRH-R cRNA. We determined the order of potency of various IPs for evoking the rapid depolarizing current in Ca-free medium, which(More)