Yukio Takigawa

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Regional distribution of D-amino acids in rat brain was studied by the modified highly sensitive analytical method which was previously developed. The method includes fluorogenic derivatization of each amino acid, isolation of each amino acid by reverse-phase HPLC, followed by enantiomeric separation with Pirkle-type chiral stationary phases. D-Amino acid(More)
Significant amounts of D-aspartate (Asp) are found in mammalian tissues and D-Asp is presumed to play some significant, but as yet undefined physiological role. However, it is not known whether D-Asp is synthesized in mammals. In this study, we addressed this issue in cultured rat pinealocytes, parenchymal cells of the pineal gland, which contain(More)
6-(o-Chlorophenyl)-8-ethyl-1-methyl-4H-s-triazolo[3,4-c]thienol[2,3-e][1,4]diazepine (Y-7131), a new derivative of the thienodiazepines, had marked activities in antipentylenetetrazole effect in mice, attenuation of conflict behavior in rats, inhibition of aggressive behavior induced by hypothalamic stimulation in cats and muscle relaxant effects in normal(More)
Innate immune cells mediate a first line of defense against pathogens and determine the nature of subsequent acquired immune responses, mainly by producing profound amounts of cytokines. Given these diverse tasks, it is predictable that defective NK and gammadelta(+) T cell responses could be the underlying mechanism for the immunological alterations(More)
In a previous report (Hamase, K. et al., Biochim Biophys Acta 1134: 214–222 (1997)), we showed that the rat pineal gland contains D-leucine (D-Leu) as well as D-aspartic acid (D-Asp). In this communication we report alterations in the content of these D-amino acids during anesthesia. The D-Asp content was significantly increased from 2.8 to 5.0, 4.8 and 5.8(More)
A new derivative of thienodiazepine, 6-(o-chlorophenyl)-8-ethyl-1-methyl-4H-s-triazolo[3,4-c]thieno[2,3-e][1,4]diazepine (Y-7131) decreased the turnover of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) but not that of dopamine (DA) in the rat brain. The potency of Y-7131 in inhibiting the 5-HT turnover was stronger than that of diazepam. Imipramine decreased the turnover of(More)
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