Yoshinori Aoki

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Frontal brain asymmetry is associated with differences in the basic dimensions of emotion. It seems to reflect the activation of specialized systems for avoidance-withdrawal behavior. Since patients with panic disorder are characterized by having both negative emotions and avoidance-withdrawal behavior, we expected them to show greater asymmetry in the(More)
This newly developed specific radioimmunoassay for corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) had a sensitivity range of 25 pg/tube to 4 ng/tube. Intra and interassay coefficient of variation were 4.6% and 9.8%, respectively. Rat median eminence extracts showed a parallel dose response curve with synthetic ovine CRF and a significant cross reaction was not(More)
Corticotropin-releasing factor (CFR) was bioassayed and arginine vasopressin (AVP) radioimmunoassayed from punched-out hypothalamic nuclei. The highest concentration of CFR was found in the median eminence (ME), followed by the paraventricular nucleus (PVN), supraoptic nucleus (SON), suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), arcuate nucleus (ARC), dorsomedial nucleus(More)
To elucidate the mechanisms of individual differences in pain and analgesic sensitivity, we analyzed the variable number of tandem repeat polymorphism in the third exon of the dopamine D4 receptor gene. Alleles that were less than four repeats long and four or more repeats long were considered Short and Long, respectively. We found that the Short/Short(More)
The present study was carried out to investigate the effect of vitamin E analogs, especially gamma-tocotrienol (γ-T3), on hepatic TG accumulation and enzymes related to fatty acid metabolism in three types of rat primary hepatocytes: (1) normal hepatocytes, (2) hepatocytes incubated in the presence of palmitic acid (PA), and (3) hepatocytes with fat(More)
The effect of a novel neuroprotective compound, NS-7 [4-(4-fluorophenyl)-2-methyl-6-(5-piperidinopentyloxy)pyrimidine hydrochloride], on ischemia-induced fodrin breakdown was examined both in vitro and in vivo. The fodrin breakdown was measured by western blot followed by a densitometric analysis. In slices of the rat cerebral cortex, a pronounced fodrin(More)
Effects of 1-(m-trifluoromethylphenyl)-piperazine, a serotonin agonist, were examined on rat plasma levels of adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) and arginine vasopressin (AVP), and on hypothalamic contents of corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) and AVP, to investigate the role of brain serotonin in ACTH regulation. Both plasma ACTH and AVP levels increased(More)
The effect of a novel Na+/Ca2+ channel blocker NS-7 [4-(4-fluorophenyl)-2-methyl-6-(5-piperidinopentyloxy)pyrimidine hydrochloride] on the cerebral infarction, edema and brain energy metabolism was investigated in rats after permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). The infarction and brain water content were evaluated at 48 h and 24 h after MCAO,(More)
It has been reported that α-tocopherol (α-Toc), a vitamin E analog, is effective for treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). However, it is unknown whether or not other vitamin E analogs are effective. Therefore we designed a new rat model of steatohepatitis induced by tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) stimulation, and used it to investigate the(More)
The distribution of corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) and arginine vasopressin (AVP) in hypothalamic nuclei were examined in control and estrogen-treated female rats. CRF activity was measured using monolayer cultured rat anterior pituitary cells and AVP by radioimmunoassay. Hypothalamic nuclei were punched out according to the method of Palkovits. The(More)