Akihiro Hirashiki

Learn More
Resistin is a cytokine derived from adipose tissue and is implicated in obesity-related insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Polymorphisms of the resistin gene (RETN) have been shown to affect the plasma resistin concentration. The aims of this study were to identify polymorphisms of RETN that influence plasma resistin concentration and to(More)
BACKGROUND The inhibition of dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP4) protects the heart from acute myocardial ischemia. However, the role of DPP4 in chronic heart failure independent of coronary artery disease remains unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS We first localized the membrane-bound form of DPP4 to the capillary endothelia of rat and human heart tissue. Diabetes(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to identify genes that confer susceptibility to coronary artery disease (CAD) in low- or high-risk men or women separately and thereby to assess the genetic risk of CAD in such individuals. BACKGROUND The prevention of CAD would be facilitated by the identification of genes that confer susceptibility to this condition(More)
BACKGROUND The recently developed real-time 3-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) is a promising imaging method to quantify cardiac chamber volumes and their functions in clinical practice. However, normal reference values of RT3DE parameters have not been fully investigated in a large, healthy Japanese population. METHODS AND RESULTS This study(More)
BACKGROUND Serum indoxyl sulfate (IS) is a uremic toxin that accelerates the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD). The aim of this study was to determine whether serum IS is associated with hemodynamic parameters or cardiac events in patients with nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). METHODS AND RESULTS The 76 patients with DCM had their serum(More)
AIMS The aim of the study was to identify genes that confer susceptibility to coronary artery spasm and clarify the interaction between genetic and environmental factors in this condition. METHODS AND RESULTS The study population comprised 2188 Japanese individuals, including 593 subjects with coronary artery spasm (453 men, 140 women) and 1595 controls(More)
OBJECTIVES The relation between the occurrence of pacing-induced mechanical alternans and prognosis in patients with mild-to-moderate idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDCM) in sinus rhythm was investigated prospectively. The myocardial expression of genes for Ca2+-handling proteins in such patients was also examined. BACKGROUND Mechanical alternans(More)
AIMS MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs discovered as potential new gene regulators. Their roles in the development of chronic heart failure (CHF), however, are largely unknown. Reduced catecholamine sensitivity is an early step of CHF. We examined whether altered expression of miRNAs was related to reduced catecholamine sensitivity in patients(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) can predict future cardiovascular disease. Rupture of vulnerable plaque which often has a large lipid core with a thin fibrous cap causes acute coronary syndrome including sudden cardiac death. We tested our hypothesis that preserved CRF is associated with low lipid composition and thick fibrous cap thickness of(More)
OBJECTIVE The mineralocorticoid receptor has been implicated in the pathogenesis of chronic cardiorenal disease. Statins improve renal remodeling and dysfunction in patients with proteinuric kidney diseases. We aimed to clarify the beneficial effects and mechanisms of action of statins in renal insufficiency. METHODS AND RESULTS Dahl salt-sensitive rats(More)