Yurie Matsumoto

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A methanol extract of everlasting flowers of Helichrysum arenarium L. Moench (Asteraceae) was found to inhibit the increase in blood glucose elevation in sucrose-loaded mice at 500 mg/kg p.o. The methanol extract also inhibited the enzymatic activity against dipeptidyl peptidase-IV (DPP-IV, IC50 = 41.2 μg/ml), but did not show intestinal α-glucosidase(More)
At concentrations >50 microM, extracellular ATP dose-dependently increased cytosolic Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) via activation of P(2Z) purinoceptors in rat parotid acinar cells. This increase in [Ca2+]i is primarily due to entry of Ca2+ from the extracellular medium. Inositol trisphosphate formation and Ca2+ release from intracellular Ca2+ stores were(More)
Ca2+ waves and oscillations have been observed during stimuli that generate inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) in several exocrine cells, including rat parotid acinar cells. Although a model has been proposed to explain the mechanism of the Ca2+ wave, there exists no direct evidence to prove the model's validity. Analysis with a permeabilized cell system(More)
The spatial characteristics of inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3)-induced quantal Ca2+ release were examined by imaging Ca2+ concentrations within Ca2+ stores ([Ca2+]L) in permeabilized HSY cells. The image of mag-fura-2 fluorescent ratio with dual excitation (344 nm/360 nm) demonstrated that a sequential application of different concentrations of IP3 (0.1,(More)
The effects of the cAMP pathway on the Ca2+ response elicited by phospholipase C-coupled receptor stimulations were studied in rat parotid cells. Although 1 microM isoproterenol (Iso) itself had no effect on the cytosolic Ca2+ concentration, the pretreatment with Iso potentiated Ca2+ responses evoked by phenylephrine. The potentiating effect of Iso was(More)
In exocrine acinar cells, agonist stimulation results in a polarized Ca2+ signal, termed the 'Ca2+ wave', that propagates from the apical pole towards the basolateral region. We attempted to detect the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (InsP3)-induced Ca2+ wave in saponin-permeabilized rat parotid acinar cells using a digital imaging system. The permeabilized(More)
We described methods for imaging the IP3-induced Ca2+ release in Ca2+ storage organelles. IP3-induced changes in Ca2+ concentrations within Ca2+ stores ([Ca2+]L) in permeabilized HSY cells were monitored using the low affinity Ca2+ indicators, mag-fura-2 and mag-fura-red. The ratio images of mag-fura-2 were used to estimate the [Ca2+]L in the store. The(More)
The capacitative Ca2+ entry has been accepted to play a crucial role in Ca2+ signaling in non-excitable cells, and the mechanisms linking the depletion of intracellular Ca2+ stores to the activation of Ca2+ entry are presently the subject of intensive investigation. There are two hypotheses to explain the molecular mechanism of capacitative Ca2+ entry. One(More)
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