Hirotaka Nishisako

The University of Tokushima, Tokusima, Tokushima, Japan

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Publications (4)7.41 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Effects of a time-varying magnetic field on cell volume regulation by hyposmotic stress in cultured bovine adrenal chromaffin cells were examined. Through regulatory volume decrease (RVD), cell volume of chromaffin cells that were incubated in a hypotonic medium initially increased, reached a peak and finally recovered to the initial value. Two hour exposure to a magnetic field and addition of cytochalasin D increased peak value and delayed return to initial value. Intracellular F-actin contents initially decreased but returned to normal levels after 10 sec. Two hour exposure to the magnetic field and addition of cytochalasin D continuously reduced the F-actin content. Results suggest that exposure to the magnetic field stimulated disruption of the actin cytoskeleton and that the disruption delayed the recovery to the volume prior to osmotic stress.
    The Journal of Medical Investigation 02/2011; 58(1-2):95-105.
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    ABSTRACT: Bevacizumab is a monoclonal antibody that targets vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) for treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer. Recently, much evidence has suggested that bevacizumab-induced hypertension might be predictive of the effect of bevacizumab. The aim of our study is to retrospectively assess the relationship between the onset of hypertension and the activity of bevacizumab in Japanese metastatic colorectal cancer patients. Between July 2007 and December 2010, 36 patients (median age 66 years; 36-81 years) with metastatic colorectal cancer were assigned to receive bevacizumab in combination with either mFOLFOX6 (5-FU, levofolinate and oxaliplatin) or FOLFIRI (5-FU, levofolinate and irinotecan) at the Tokushima University Hospital. A patient who had increase by >20 mmHg in diastolic blood pressure or had increase to >150/100 mmHg or received antihypertensive treatment was defined as hypertensive. The objective response rate (ORR), disease control rate (DCR) and progression-free survival (PFS) were compared between the hypertensive group (n=10) and non-hypertensive group (n=26). ORR and DCR were 60.0% and 100%, respectively, in the hypertensive group and ORR and DCR were 23.1% and 80.8%, respectively, in the non-hypertensive group. These differences were statistically significant (p<0.05). The median PFS tended to be longer in the hypertensive group (65.0 weeks) than in the non-hypertensive group (40.0 weeks). Our data suggested that bevacizumab-induced hypertension may be predictive of the effect of bevacizumab in Japanese metastatic colorectal cancer patients.
    YAKUGAKU ZASSHI 01/2011; 131(8):1251-7. · 0.37 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: It has been reported that exposure to electromagnetic fields influences intracellular signal transduction. We studied the effects of exposure to a time-varying 1.5 T magnetic field on membrane properties, membrane cation transport and intracellular Ca(2+) mobilization in relation to signals. We also studied the mechanism of the effect of exposure to the magnetic field on intracellular Ca(2+) release from Ca(2+) stores in adrenal chromaffin cells. We measured the physiological functions of ER, actin protein, and mitochondria with respect to a neurotransmitter-induced increase in Ca(2+) in chromaffin cells exposed to the time-varying 1.5 T magnetic field for 2h. Exposure to the magnetic field significantly reduced the increase in [Ca(2+)]i. The exposure depolarized the mitochondria membrane and lowered oxygen uptake, but did not reduce the intracellular ATP content. Magnetic field-exposure caused a morphological change in intracellular F-actin. F-actin in exposed cells seemed to be less dense than in control cells, but the decrease was smaller than that in cytochalasin D-treated cells. The increase in G-actin (i.e., the decrease in F-actin) due to exposure was recovered by jasplakinolide, but inhibition of Ca(2+) release by the exposure was unaffected. These results suggest that the magnetic field-exposure influenced both the ER and mitochondria, but the inhibition of Ca(2+) release from ER was not due to mitochondria inhibition. The effect of eddy currents induced in the culture medium may indirectly influence intracellular actin and suppress the transient increase in [Ca(2+)]i.
    Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 12/2010; 1800(12):1221-30. · 4.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A novel product, 4-amino-5-guanidinopentanoic acid 15-[(4-aminobutyl)-3-aminopropylcarbamoyl] pentadecyl ester (Arg-HSA-Spm), was synthesized based on ptilomycalin A, which is one of the extracts from marine sponge. Arg-HSA-Spm contains arginine in its chemical structure. The pharmacological action of Arg-HSA-Spm on catecholamine secretion from cultured bovine adrenal chromaffin cells was examined. Arg-HSA-Spm inhibited catecholamine secretion stimulated by the physiological secretagog acetylcholine. This inhibitory action of Arg-HSA-Spm on catecholamine secretion induced by 10(-4) M acetylcholine was dose-dependent from 10(-8) M to 10(-5) M. In the presence of 3 x 10(-7) M Arg-HSA-Spm, the stimulation of catecholamine secretion observed by increasing acetylcholine up to 10(-3) M did not reach the maximal level observed without Arg-HSA-Spm. Arg-HSA-Spm at 10(-5) M suppressed both the increase in intracellular free Ca2+ level and the influx of 45Ca2+ induced by 10(-4) M acetylcholine. The Arg-HSA-Spm-induced suppression of intracellular free Ca2+ level, the influx of 45Ca2+ and catecholamine secretion were not observed in the presence of extracellular K+ at 56 mM. The results presented in this study suggested that Arg-HSA-Spm may inhibit the influx of extracellular Ca2+ into the cells, probably through its blocking action related to acetylcholine receptors, resulting in the inhibition of catecholamine secretion in adrenal chromaffin cells.
    Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology 01/2004; 42 Suppl 1:S15-8. · 2.38 Impact Factor