Yoshino Matsuo

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Fast synaptic neurotransmission is mediated by ligand-gated ion-channel (LGIC) receptors, which include receptors for acetylcholine, serotonin, GABA, glycine, and glutamate. LGICs are pentamers with extracellular ligand-binding domains and form integral membrane ion channels that are selective for cations (acetylcholine and serotonin 5HT3 receptors) or(More)
While the molecular structures of angiotensin II (Ang II) type 1 (AT1) receptor blockers (ARBs) are very similar, they are also slightly different. Although each ARB has been shown to exhibit a unique mode of binding to AT1 receptor, different positions of the AT1 receptor have been analyzed and computational modeling has been performed using different(More)
Small differences in the chemical structures of ligands can be responsible for agonism, neutral antagonism or inverse agonism toward a G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR). Although each ligand may stabilize the receptor conformation in a different way, little is known about the precise conformational differences. We synthesized the angiotensin II type 1(More)
Endothelial cells (ECs) are the critical cellular element responsible for postnatal angiogenesis. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) stimulates angiogenesis via the activation of kinase insert domain-containing receptor/fetal liver kinase-1 (KDR/Flk-1) in ECs. In addition, transactivation of KDR/Flk-1 by the bradykinin (BK) B2 receptor induces the(More)
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