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Recent studies provide increasing evidence that postnatal neovascularization involves bone marrow-derived circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs). The regulation of EPCs in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) is unclear at present. Therefore, we determined the number and functional activity of EPCs in 45 patients with CAD and 15 healthy(More)
HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) have been developed as lipid-lowering drugs and are well established to reduce morbidity and mortality from coronary artery disease. Here we demonstrate that statins potently augment endothelial progenitor cell differentiation in mononuclear cells and CD34-positive hematopoietic stem cells isolated from peripheral(More)
BACKGROUND Therapeutic neovascularization may constitute an important strategy to salvage tissue from critical ischemia. Circulating bone marrow-derived endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) were shown to augment the neovascularization of ischemic tissue. In addition to lipid-lowering activity, hydroxymethyl glutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitors (statins)(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to investigate the historical, clinical, and radiographic presentation of deep gluteal syndrome (DGS) patients, describe the endoscopic anatomy associated with DGS, and assess the effectiveness of endoscopic surgical decompression for DGS. METHODS Sciatic nerve entrapment was diagnosed in 35 patients (28 women and 7(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to develop a self-administered evaluative tool to measure health-related quality of life in young, active patients with hip disorders. METHODS This outcome measure was developed for active patients (aged 18 to 60 years, Tegner activity level ≥ 4) presenting with a variety of symptomatic hip conditions. This(More)
Femoroacetabular impingement syndrome (FAI) is a pathologic entity which can lead to chronic symptoms of pain, reduced range of motion in flexion and internal rotation, and has been shown to correlate with degenerative arthritis of the hip. History, physical examination, and supportive radiographic findings such as evidence of articular cartilage damage,(More)
BACKGROUND Coronary microvascular dysfunction contributes to infarct extension and poor prognosis after an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Recently, progenitor cell application has been demonstrated to improve neovascularization and myocardial function after experimental myocardial infarction. Therefore, we investigate coronary blood flow regulation in(More)
BACKGROUND Allogeneic natural killer (NK) cells are known to show medium to high cytotoxic activity against HLA-nonidentical leukemia or tumor cells. For a possible benefit of post transplant treatment with NK cells after haploidentical stem cell transplantation (haplo-SCT) we developed a clinical scale procedure for NK cell processing observing Good(More)
PURPOSE The purposes of this study were to investigate the clinical and radiographic presentation of patients with ischiofemoral impingement (IFI) and to assess the outcomes of endoscopic treatment with partial resection of the lesser trochanter. METHODS Five patients with IFI who underwent endoscopic treatment with partial resection of the lesser(More)