Akiko Kasahara

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BACKGROUND In patients with cancer, hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is elevated and is a predictor of prognosis. We investigated whether serum HGF was a predictive marker for cancer death in a population of community-dwelling Japanese. METHODS We studied 1492 apparently healthy Japanese adults who underwent health examinations in 1999. Those who reported a(More)
OBJECTIVE Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) receptors form a hybrid complex with insulin receptors in the liver of mice, which lead to robust signalling to regulate glucose metabolism. Serum HGF levels are high in subjects with metabolic syndrome and/or obesity. Accordingly, we prospectively investigated the relationship between HGF and the development of(More)
High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) are strong predictors of atherosclerosis. Statin-induced changes in the ratio of LDL-C to HDL-C (LDL-C/HDL-C) predicted atherosclerosis progression better than LDL-C or HDL-C alone. However, the best predictor of subclinical atherosclerosis remains unknown. Our(More)
Aldosterone plays a role in hypertension, and hypertension is prevalent in patients with insulin resistance. Cross-sectional studies have reported that plasma aldosterone levels are higher in patients with insulin resistance. However, it is not known whether plasma aldosterone levels predict the development of insulin resistance. Subjects of the present(More)
BACKGROUND Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a potent vasoconstrictor and an elevated plasma level is a prognostic marker in patients with cardiovascular diseases and/or malignancies. We hypothesized that an elevated plasma level might be a prognostic marker even in subjects without apparent cardiovascular disease or malignancy at baseline. METHODS AND RESULTS We(More)
OBJECTIVE Ghrelin is a novel gastric peptide identified in 1999 as a 'hunger hormone'. Plasma ghrelin level is decreased in human obesity. Factors associated with ghrelin have been mainly investigated in western countries where the prevalence of obesity is high. The aim of this study is to examine factors associated with plasma ghrelin in a Japanese general(More)
BACKGROUND Monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) plays a role in cardiovascular disease (CVD) and renal injury. Recent clinical studies have suggested that circulating levels of MCP-1 could be a biomarker of atherosclerosis and future cardiovascular events in humans. Because chronic kidney disease (CKD) is one of the risk factors of CVD, it is(More)
AIM To examine the efficacy of abatacept in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of bilateral hands. METHOD This prospective study included 35 RA patients. MRI of bilateral hands was performed at baseline and after 12 months of treatment with intravenous abatacept. MRI images were scored for synovitis, osteitis,(More)
BACKGROUND Remnant-like lipoprotein particle cholesterol (RLP-C) is a highly atherogenic factor. RLP-C induces endothelial dysfunction and is associated with hyperinsulinemia. This study was designed to determine whether high plasma RLP-C levels predispose to the development of hypertension in subjects with normal blood pressure (BP). METHODS A total of(More)