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東京大学医科学研究所
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開催日時:平成19年5月31日(木)  16:00~

開催場所:東京大学医科学研究所クレストホール 大会議室(2階)

講 師:Amy C. Arai&s_comma; Ph.D. (新井えいみ博士)

所 属:Associate Professor&s_comma;
President&s_comma; Society for Neurosciece Sangamon Chapter
Department of Pharmacology
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

演  題:Role of kisspeptin/GPR54 in hippocampal function 

概   要:Kisspeptins are peptides encoded by the antimetastatic KiSS-1 gene
that was originally discovered in melanomas. Subsequent studies found that
kisspeptins are ligands for the orphan G-protein coupled receptor GPR54.
Both ligand and receptor were also identified in the placenta and pituitary
as well as in various brain regions such as the hypothalamus&s_comma; amygdala and
hippocampal dentate gyrus. Based on recent insights in the field of
neuroendocrinology&s_comma; the KiSS-1/GPR54 system is now considered as being the
gatekeeper for the release of gonadotropic hormone and for the onset of
puberty. However&s_comma; its function in the hippocampus is not yet known. This
presentation will show that kisspeptins have major effects on excitatory
synaptic transmission in granule cells of the dentate gyrus and that
specific postsynaptic signaling mechanisms are involved. The presentation
also includes our recent findings on the regulation of KiSS-1 and GPR54 gene
expression in the hippocampus in in vivo and in vitro preparations.

Reference:
Arai AC&s_comma; Xia Y-F&s_comma; Suzuki E&s_comma; Kessler M&s_comma; Civelli O&s_comma; Nothacker H-P. (2005) The
cancer metastasis suppressing peptide metastin upregulates excitatory
synaptic transmission in hippocampal dentate granule cells. J. Neurophysiol&s_comma;
94: 3648-3652.

Laboratory URL:
http://www.siumed.edu/pharm/faculty/Arai/AraiLab.htm
Research Intersts:
* Cellular and molecular function of the AMPA receptor
* AMPA receptor modulators
* Synaptic transmission (hippocampus&s_comma; thalamus)
* Synaptic plasticity

世話人:○関野 祐子 、 渡辺すみ子





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