Akihiko Ishida

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A highly sensitive ATP bioluminescence assay with diethylaminoethyl-dextran (DEAE-Dx) in the presence of ATP extractants such as trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and Triton X-100 is described. These ATP extractants inhibited the activity of firefly luciferase, resulting in a remarkable decrease in the intensity of light emission. However, DEAE-Dx enhanced the(More)
OBJECTIVES This study was designed to determine the prognostic value of onset heart rate (OHR) in T-wave alternans (TWA) in patients with nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). BACKGROUND One of the current major issues in DCM is to prevent sudden cardiac death (SCD). However, the value of the OHR of TWA as a prognostic indicator in DCM remains to be(More)
AIMS Several Gram-negative bacterial species use N-acyl homoserine lactone (AHL) molecules as quorum-sensing (QS) signals to regulate various biological functions. Similarly, various bacteria can stimulate, inhibit or inactivate QS signals in other bacteria by producing molecules called as quorum-sensing inhibitors (QSI). Our aim was to screen and identify(More)
The crista terminalis (CT) is reportedly a critical barrier for maintaining typical atrial flutter (AFL), but recent observations have suggested the presence of posteromedial functional block, as well as crista conduction. Therefore, this study was designed to identify the correlation between the posterior boundary of AFL and anatomical architecture in the(More)
A general remote controlled robot is manipulated by a joystick and a gamepad. However, these methods are difficult for inexperienced users because the mapping between the user input and resulting robot motion is not always intuitive (e.g. tilt a joystick to the right to rotate the robot to the left). To solve this problem, we propose a touch-based interface(More)
Nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is associated with a high risk of sudden cardiac death. Signal-averaged electrocardiography (SAECG) is a useful clinical tool for detecting late ventricular potentials (LP). Gap junction alterations have recently been shown to be involved in the pathogenesis of ventricular arrhythmias in DCM; however, the possible(More)
This paper describes a simple and instrument-free screen-printing method to fabricate hydrophilic channels by patterning polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) onto chromatography paper. Clearly recognizable border lines were formed between hydrophilic and hydrophobic areas. The minimum width of the printed channel to deliver an aqueous sample was 600 μm, as obtained(More)
INTRODUCTION Gap junction alterations recently have been implicated in chronic heart failure, but direct evidence between gap junction manifestation in nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is lacking. The current study examines whether qualitative changes or altered distribution of gap junctional connexin43 (Cx43) are related to global ventricular(More)
The uptake of Cu2+ was investigated using various types of liposomes composed of phosphatidylcholine (PC), cholesterol (Chol) and dicethylphosphate (DCP). DCP played a role as a ligand for Cu2+. Multilamellar vesicles (MLVs) were more effective for the uptake of Cu2+ compared to unilamellar vesicles prepared by the extrusion technique. The uptake efficiency(More)
The treatment strategies of cerebral infarction have been studied in order to prevent neuronal cell death. Gene therapy is one of the most promising therapy and has several advantage over classical drug therapies. There has been a problem that drug proteins are unable or difficult to pass through blood brain barrier. In gene therapy, however, drug proteins(More)