Y Sei

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Maryland, United States

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  • Clinical Genetics - CLIN GENET. 01/2008; 54(3):245-247.
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    ABSTRACT: Malignant hyperthermia (MH) is a pharmacogenetic disorder of skeletal muscle, manifested as a life-threatening hypermetabolic crisis after exposure to anesthetics. Type I ryanodine receptor 1 is the primary gene responsible for susceptibility to MH as well as central core disease, a congenital myopathy that predisposes susceptibility to MH. More than 40 mutations in the RyR1 gene cluster in three coding regions: the N-terminus, central, and C-terminus regions. However, the frequency of mutations in each region has not been studied in the North American MH-susceptible population. The authors tested 124 unrelated patients with MH susceptibility for the presence of mutations in the N-terminus (exons 2, 6, 9, 11, 12, and 17), central (exons 39, 40, 44, 45, and 46), and C-terminus (exons 95, 100, 101, and 102) regions. Fourteen mutations have been identified in 29 of 124 MH-susceptible patients (23%). Approximately 70% of the mutations, which include a novel mutation, Ala 2437Val, were in the central region. In 8 patients (28%), mutations were identified in the N-terminus region. Screening the C-terminus region yielded a novel mutation, Leu4824Pro, in a single patient with a diagnosis of central core disease. The detection rate for mutations is only 23% by screening mutations (or exons) listed in the 2002 North American consensus panel. The implications from this study suggest that testing the central region first is currently the most effective screening strategy for the North American population. Screening more exons in the three hot spots may be needed to find an accurate frequency of mutations in the RyR1 gene.
    Anesthesiology 11/2004; 101(4):824-30. · 5.16 Impact Factor
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    Anesthesiology 03/2004; 100(2):464-5. · 5.16 Impact Factor
  • Yoshitatsu Sei, Sheila M. Muldoon
    Current Pharmacogenomics. 01/2004; 2(2):203-208.
  • Anesthesiology 01/2004; 100(2):464-465. · 5.16 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Altered Ca2+ homeostasis in skeletal muscle is a key molecular event triggering malignant hyperthermia (MH) in malignant hyperthermia-susceptible (MHS) individuals. Genetic studies have shown that mutations in the type 1 ryanodine receptor (RYR1) are associated with MH susceptibility. Because human B lymphocytes express the RYR1, it is hypothesized that Ca2+ homeostasis in B lymphocytes is altered in MHS individuals. This study investigated the Ca2+ response of B cells to caffeine and 4-chloro-m-cresol in 13 MHS and 21 MH-negative (MHN) individuals who had been diagnosed by caffeine halothane contracture test (CHCT) and 18 healthy volunteers. Changes in [Ca2+]i in B cells were measured directly in fluo-3 loaded cells using a dual-color flow cytometric technique. Further, B cell phenotype was correlated with CHCT results in a family with the Val2168Met (G6502A) mutation. Caffeine-induced (50 mm) increases in [Ca2+]i in B cells were significantly greater in MHS than in MHN (P = 0.0004), control (P = 0.0001) or non-MHS (MHN and control) individuals (P < 0.0001). The 4-chloro-m-cresol-induced (400 microm) increases in [Ca2+]i were also significantly different between MHS and controls (P = 0.003) or between MHS and non-MHS (MHN and control) individuals (P = 0.0078). A study of a family with the Val2168Met mutation demonstrated expression of the RYR1 mRNA mutant in B cells from the family members with MHS phenotype and a clear segregation of genotype with B-cell phenotype. The Ca2+ responses to caffeine or 4-chloro-m-cresol in B lymphocytes showed significant differences between MHS and MHN (or control) individuals. Although the molecular mechanisms of these alterations are currently undetermined, the results suggest that the enhanced Ca2+ responses are associated with mutations in the RYR1 gene in some MHS individuals.
    Anesthesiology 11/2002; 97(5):1052-8. · 5.16 Impact Factor
  • Yoshitatsu Sei, Anthony S Basile
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    ABSTRACT: This unit delineates the steps for production of a murine model of retroviral encephalopathy. The LP-BM5 infected mouse develops a chronic inflammation of the brain secondary to profound immune deficiency. The model is robust, develops rapidly and does not require the use of human pathogens. In addition, the behavioral and neurochemical characteristics of this model is reviewed.
    Current protocols in neuroscience / editorial board, Jacqueline N. Crawley ... [et al.] 03/2002; Chapter 9:Unit9.8.
  • Jeoung-Hee Ha, Yoshitatsu Sei, Anthony S. Basile
    Journal of Neurochemistry - J NEUROCHEM. 01/2002; 64(4):1896-1898.
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    ABSTRACT: Ryanodine receptor (RYR) is a Ca(2+) channel that mediates Ca(2+) release from intracellular stores. We have used RT-PCR analysis and examined its expression in primary peripheral mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and in 164 hemopoietic cell lines. In PBMCs, type 1 RYR (RYR1) was expressed in CD19(+) B lymphocytes, but less frequently in CD3(+) T lymphocytes and in CD14(+) monocytes. Type 2 RYR (RYR2) was mainly detected in CD3(+) T cells. Induction of RYR1 and/or RYR2 mRNA was found after treatment with stromal cell-derived factor 1, macrophage-inflammatory protein-1alpha (MIP1alpha) or TGF-beta. Type 3 RYR (RYR3) was not detected in PBMCs. Many hemopoietic cell lines expressed not only RYR1 or RYR2 but also RYR3. The expression of the isoforms was not associated with specific cell lineage. We showed that the RYR-stimulating agent 4-chloro-m-cresol (4CmC) induced Ca(2+) release and thereby confirmed functional expression of the RYR in the cell lines expressing RYR mRNA. Moreover, concordant induction of RYR mRNA with Ca(2+) channel function was found in Jurkat T cells. In untreated Jurkat T cells, 4CmC (>1 mM) had no effect on Ca(2+) release, whereas 4CmC (<400 microM) caused Ca(2+) release after the induction of RYR2 and RYR3 that occurred after treatment with stromal cell-derived factor 1, macrophage-inflammatory protein-1alpha, or TGF-beta. Our results demonstrate expression of all three isoforms of RYR mRNA in hemopoietic cells. Induction of RYRs in response to chemokines and TGF-beta suggests roles in regulating Ca(2+)-mediated cellular responses during the immune response.
    The Journal of Immunology 12/2001; 167(9):4887-94. · 5.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Malignant hyperthermia (MH) is a disorder of skeletal muscle manifested as a life-threatening hypermetabolic crisis in susceptible individuals after exposure to inhalational anesthetics and depolarizing muscle relaxants. Mutations in the gene encoding the skeletal muscle ryanodine receptor (RYR1) are considered a common cause of the disorder, and, to date, more than 20 RYR1 mutations have been reported in European and Canadian families. Some studies suggest that differences may exist in the frequencies and distribution of mutations in the RYR1 gene between European and North American MH families the frequency and distribution of mutations in the RYR1 gene. Skeletal muscle samples from 73 unrelated individuals diagnosed as MH susceptible according to the North American MH caffeine-halothane contracture test were studied. Genomic DNA of MH-susceptible patients was investigated by polymerase chain reaction-based restriction fragment length polymorphism, single-strand conformation polymorphism, and sequencing analysis. The majority of known RYR1 mutations were analyzed using the restriction fragment length polymorphism method, whereas new mutations were searched by single-strand conformation polymorphism in exons 12, 15, 39, 40, 44, 45, and 46 of the gene. Seven known RYR1 mutations (Arg163Cys, Gly248Arg, Arg614Cys, Val2168Met, Thr2206Met, Gly2434Arg, and Arg2454His) were detected at frequencies of 2.7, 1.4, 1.4, 1.4, 1.4, 5.5, and 4.1%, respectively. In addition, three novel amino acid substitutions (Val2214Ile, Ala2367Thr, and Asp2431Asn) were detected at frequency of 1.4% each. These 10 mutations account for 21.9% of the North American MH-susceptible population. Three novel candidate mutations in the RYR1 gene were identified in these MH patients. The frequency and distribution of RYR1 mutations observed in this North American MH population was markedly different from that previously identified in Europe. Larger-scale studies are necessary to clarify the type and frequency of mutations in RYR1 associated with MH in North American families.
    Anesthesiology 10/2001; 95(3):594-9. · 5.16 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Malignant hyperthermia (MH) is a disorder of skeletal muscle manifested as a life-threatening hypermetabolic crisis in susceptible individuals after exposure to inhalational anesthetics and depolarizing muscle relaxants. Mutations in the gene encoding the skeletal muscle ryanodine receptor (RYR1) are considered a common cause of the disorder, and, to date, more than 20 RYR1 mutations have been reported in European and Canadian families. Some studies suggest that differences may exist in the frequencies and distribution of mutations in the RYR1 gene between European and North American MH families the frequency and distribution of mutations in the RYR1 gene.
    Anesthesiology 08/2001; 95(3):594-599. · 5.16 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We have observed that systemic treatment with the uncompetitive N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist MK-801 increases Src expression and NMDA receptor phosphorylation in rat brain. A partial cDNA encoding rat neuronal Src was isolated and its sequence was used to design specific oligonucleotide probes. Systemically administered MK-801 (5 mg/kg for 4 h) increased by 28+/-4% mRNA expression of neuronal Src in the superficial layers of the parietal cortex. This effect was observed at doses as low as 0.2 mg/kg. A similar, although more modest, induction was observed 6 h after phencyclidine (15 mg/kg) administration, but not after high doses of memantine and ketamine. The MK-801-induced effect was not blocked by pretreatment with clozapine. Consistent with the increase in mRNA levels, cortical Src protein was increased to 186 +/- 24% of control 24 h after MK-801 treatment. Total cellular Src activity was also increased in parietal cortex homogenates 4 h after MK-801 (5 mg/kg). Moreover, MK-801 treatment (0.5 mg/kg and 5 mg/kg for 4 h) increased tyrosine phosphorylation, but not protein levels, of the NMDA receptor subunit NR2A. These results provide evidence for a contribution of Src and tyrosine phosphorylation of NMDA receptors in the pharmacological actions of uncompetitive NMDA receptor antagonists.
    Neuropharmacology 04/2001; 40(4):469-81. · 4.11 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Caffeine has been used as a pharmacological tool to study the ryanodine receptor (RYR)-mediated Ca2+ release from caffeine-sensitive, inositol 1,4,5,-trisphosphate (IP3)-insensitive pools. In the present study, we demonstrate multiple effects of caffeine on Ca2+ homeostasis in human B lymphocytes. Although B cells express a functional RYR, which can be activated by 4-chloro-m-cresol following depletion of IP(3)-sensitive pools, caffeine does not activate RYR-mediated Ca2+ release. Instead, caffeine dose-dependently inhibited IP3 receptor (IP3R)-mediated Ca2+ release, RYR-mediated Ca2+ release and B cell receptor-initiated Ca2+ influx, while high concentrations of caffeine (> or = 25 mM) induced a Ca2+ influx. In contrast with its ability to suppress receptor-stimulated Ca2+ influx, caffeine had no significant effect on the store-operated Ca2+ (SOC) channel-dependent Ca2+ influx induced by thapsigargin. Thus, caffeine may act as an inhibitor on a single or multiple site(s) responsible for regulating the IP3R channel, RYR channel and presumably the receptor-mediated SOC channel. The present report may be the first demonstration of multiple effects of caffeine on Ca2+ mobilization in single cell type. Our results suggest the need for caution regarding use of caffeine simply as a RYR-activator to study Ca2+ homeostasis in eucaryotic cells.
    Cell Calcium 03/2001; 29(3):149-60. · 4.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Autoantibodies to alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazole-4-propionic acid (AMPA) receptors may contribute to chronic hyperexcitability syndromes and neurodegeneration, but their origin is unclear. We examined LP-BM5 murine leukemia virus-infected mice, which manifest excitotoxic brain lesions and hypergammaglobulinemia, for the presence of AMPA-receptor Ab's. Endogenous IgG accumulated upon neurons in the neocortex and caudate/putamen of infected mice and interacted with native and recombinant AMPA-receptor subunits with the following relative abundance: GluR3 > or = GluR1 > GluR2 = GluR4, as determined by immunoprecipitation. In a radioligand assay, IgG preparations from infected mice specifically inhibited [(3)H]AMPA binding to receptors in brain homogenates, an activity that was lost after preadsorbing the IgG preparation to immobilized LP-BM5 virus. These IgGs also evoked currents when applied to hippocampal pyramidal neurons or to damaged cerebellar granule neurons. These currents could be blocked using any of several AMPA receptor antagonists. Thus, anti-AMPA-receptor Ab's can be produced as the result of a virus infection, in part through molecular mimicry. These Ab's may alter neuronal signaling and contribute to the neurodegeneration observed in these mice, actions that may be curtailed by the use of AMPA-receptor antagonists.
    Journal of Clinical Investigation 03/2001; 107(6):737-44. · 12.81 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mice homozygous for a germline deletion of the interferon-gamma gene (IFN-gamma (-/-)) were infected with the LP-BM5 (BM5) retrovirus mixture to determine if the inability to produce IFN-gamma reduces collateral CNS damage associated with chronic neuroinflammation. Virus burdens in spleens and brains of infected mice were comparable, but spatial memory deficits were manifested earlier and to a greater extent in BM5/IFN-gamma (-/-) mice. The mice with spatial memory deficits showed considerable degradation of axons and microtubules, along with apoptosis of striatal neurons. These lesions were accompanied by extensive infiltration of perivascular spaces and ventricles by iNOS-positive leukocytes, and a 17-fold increase in CSF glutamate levels. Despite high levels of VCAM and ICAM expression on cerebral vasculature endothelia, the serum levels of soluble ICAM-1 were significantly decreased in BM5/IFN-gamma (-/-) mice, which may contribute to the enhanced leukocyte infiltration and subsequent neuronal damage. These results suggest that the presence of IFN-gamma is necessary at some points in the inflammatory process to protect against neurodegeneration.
    Journal of Neuroimmunology 09/2000; 108(1-2):112-21. · 3.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We developed an improved method for the detection of double-strand DNA breaks in apoptotic cells at both the light (LM) and electron microscopic (EM) levels using a modification of the TdT (terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase)-mediated dUTP nick end-labeling (TUNEL) technique. Cultured rat cerebellar granule cells were exposed to low potassium conditions to induce apoptosis. Twenty-four hr after treatment, one group of cells was fixed in situ with 4% paraformaldehyde and labeled for DNA fragmentation characteristic of apoptosis. Apoptotic cells were visualized with diaminobenzidine (DAB) and viewed by LM. The second group of cells was detached from the culture dish, pelleted, fixed with a 4% paraformaldehyde and 0. 2% glutaraldehyde mixture, and embedded in LR White. For LM, the modified TUNEL technique was performed on 1.5-microm LR White sections and apoptotic cells were visualized using an enzymatic reaction to generate a blue precipitate. For EM, thin sections (94 nm) were processed and DNA fragmentation was identified using modified TUNEL with streptavidin-conjugated gold in conjunction with in-depth ultrastructural detail. Alternate sections of cells embedded in LR White can therefore be used for LM and EM TUNEL-based detection of apoptosis. The present findings suggest that the modified TUNEL technique on LR White semithin and consecutive thin sections has useful application for studying the fundamental mechanism of cell death. (J Histochem Cytochem 47:561-568, 1999)
    Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry 05/1999; 47(4):561-8. · 2.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The regulation of intracellular free Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) in B cells remains poorly understood and is presently explained almost solely by inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate (IP3)-mediated Ca2+ release, followed by activation of a store-operated channel mechanism. In fact, there are reports indicating that IP3 production does not always correlate with the magnitude of Ca2+ release. We demonstrate here that human B cells express a ryanodine receptor (RYR) that functions as a Ca2+ release channel during the B cell antigen receptor (BCR)-stimulated Ca2+ signaling process. Immunoblotting studies showed that both human primary CD19(+) B and DAKIKI cells express a 565-kDa immunoreactive protein that is indistinguishable in molecular size and immunoreactivity from the RYR. Selective reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, restriction fragment length polymorphism, and sequencing of cloned cDNA indicated that the major isoform of the RYR expressed in primary CD19(+) B and DAKIKI cells is identical to the skeletal muscle type (RYR1). Saturation analysis of [3H]ryanodine binding yielded Bmax = 150 fmol/mg of protein and Kd = 110 nM in DAKIKI cells. In fluo-3-loaded CD19(+) B and DAKIKI cells, 4-chloro-m-cresol, a potent activator of Ca2+ release mediated by the ryanodine-sensitive Ca2+ release channel, induced Ca2+ release in a dose-dependent and ryanodine-sensitive fashion. Furthermore, BCR-mediated Ca2+ release in CD19(+) B cells was significantly altered by 4-chloro-m-cresol and ryanodine. These results indicate that RYR1 functions as a Ca2+ release channel during BCR-stimulated Ca2+ signaling and suggest that complex Ca2+ signals that control the cellular activities of B cells may be generated by cooperation of the IP3 receptor and RYR1.
    Journal of Biological Chemistry 03/1999; 274(9):5995-6002. · 4.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Evidence suggests that interferon-gamma (IFNgamma) plays an important role in CNS function and development. While the paucity of agents that selectively modify IFNgamma production or interaction with its receptors makes analyses of its potential behavioral relevance difficult, mice with null mutations of the IFNgamma gene have been used to investigate the potential role of IFNgamma in emotional behaviors. C57Bl/6 (B6) mice with null mutations of the IFNgamma gene (IFNgamma (-/-)) showed significantly increased emotionality compared to the wild-type (IFNgamma (+/+)) B6 mice. This was manifested in performance in the elevated plus maze as well as increased defecation scores and decreased locomotor activity both in novel environments and following a sonic stimulus. In contrast, the general level of emotionality of both IFNgamma (+/+) and (-/-) BALB/c (C) mice was substantially greater than that of either of the B6 mouse groups. While C IFNgamma (-/-) showed increased immobility in response to novelty, other indices of emotionality of C IFNgamma (-/-) mice were not significantly different from those of the C IFNgamma (+/+) mice. In summary, the lack of IFNgamma appears to contribute to increased emotionality, but the basal behaviors of the parental strain (e.g., BALBc) may overshadow the expression of this emotionality. While mice with null mutations of the IFNgamma gene may be useful tools for investigating the role of IFNgamma in brain function and behavior, the influence of the parent strain genome(s) on the behaviors in question must be taken into account.
    Brain Behavior and Immunity 01/1999; 12(4):308-24. · 5.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mice infected with the LP-BM5 leukemia retrovirus mixture develop a progressive immunodeficiency with associated behavioral, histological, and neurochemical alterations consistent with glutamatergic hyperactivation. To gain insight into the contribution of excitatory amino acids to the neurodegeneration observed in these mice, their concentrations were measured in the CSF and striatal microdialysates. Glutamate concentrations were significantly elevated in CSF but not plasma as early as 4 weeks postinoculation. Steady-state glutamate levels in striatal microdialysates were increased threefold and could be reduced 40% by application of L-alpha-aminoadipate, an inhibitor of microglial glutamate transport. Stimulation of infected mice with KCl/L-trans-2,4-pyrrolidine dicarboxylate further increased glutamate levels 170-270% above those evoked in control mice. Tetrodotoxin suppressed the depolarization-evoked increase in glutamate by 88% in control mice, but it had only negligible effects in 40% of infected mice. Analysis of glutamate transport and catabolism suggests that abnormal astrocytic function does not contribute to the increase in basal extracellular glutamate levels. These findings are the first direct evidence that infection with an immunodeficiency-inducing retrovirus leads to a chronic elevation of extracellular free glutamate levels in the brain, which contributes to the neurodegenerative and cognitive deficits observed in these mice.
    Journal of Neurochemistry 12/1998; 71(5):2079-87. · 3.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mice infected with the LP-BM5 leukemia retrovirus mixture develop a progressive immunodeficiency with associated behavioral, histological, and neurochemical alterations consistent with glutamatergic hyperactivation. To gain insight into the contribution of excitatory amino acids to the neurodegeneration observed in these mice, their concentrations were measured in the CSF and striatal microdialysates. Glutamate concentrations were significantly elevated in CSF but not plasma as early as 4 weeks postinoculation. Steady-state glutamate levels in striatal microdialysates were increased threefold and could be reduced 40% by application of l-α-aminoadipate, an inhibitor of microglial glutamate transport. Stimulation of infected mice with KCl/l-trans-2,4-pyrrolidine dicarboxylate further increased glutamate levels 170–270% above those evoked in control mice. Tetrodotoxin suppressed the depolarization-evoked increase in glutamate by 88% in control mice, but it had only negligible effects in 40% of infected mice. Analysis of glutamate transport and catabolism suggests that abnormal astrocytic function does not contribute to the increase in basal extracellular glutamate levels. These findings are the first direct evidence that infection with an immunodeficiency-inducing retrovirus leads to a chronic elevation of extracellular free glutamate levels in the brain, which contributes to the neurodegenerative and cognitive deficits observed in these mice.
    Journal of Neurochemistry 10/1998; 71(5):2079 - 2087. · 3.97 Impact Factor

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Institutions

  • 2000–2004
    • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
      • Department of Anesthesiology
      Maryland, United States
  • 1994–2001
    • The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
      Maryland, United States
  • 1989–1998
    • National Institutes of Health
      • Laboratory of Neurosciences (LNS)
      Bethesda, MD, United States
  • 1996
    • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
      Maryland, United States
    • Nagasaki University Hospital
      Nagasaki, Nagasaki, Japan
  • 1989–1996
    • Bethesda Neuroscience Clinic
      Maryland, United States
  • 1987–1989
    • Mount Sinai School of Medicine
      • Department of Medicine
      Manhattan, New York, United States
  • 1986–1989
    • Kurume University
      • Department of Immunology
      Куруме, Fukuoka, Japan