Hidekatsu Nakashima

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Angiotensin II (Ang II) stimulates protein synthesis in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), possibly secondary to regulatory changes at the initiation of mRNA translation. Mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase signal-integrating kinase-1 (Mnk1), a substrate of ERK and p38 MAP kinase, phosphorylates eukaryotic initiation factor 4E (eIF4E), an important(More)
A 42-year-old-man with a history of Japanese cedar pollinosis repeatedly visited the emergency clinic due to dyspnea during the season of Japanese cedar pollen dispersion. Before each onset of this symptom, he had always drunk tomato juice. Swelling of the oral and nasal mucosa, and congestion of the bulbar conjuctiva was observed. No audible wheezing was(More)
Abnormal Ca2+ handling and enhanced aggregation response have been reported in platelets from spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and patients with essential hypertension, and thought to be involved in the progression of target organ damage of hypertension. It is important to examine whether antihypertensive therapy can improve the abnormal platelet(More)
Aging is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Chronological aging does not always parallel biological aging, but there is no reliable biomarker for the latter. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that telomere attrition in white blood cells is related to endothelial dysfunction and the extent of atherosclerosis, and thus may serve as a(More)
Recent studies suggest that osteopontin (OPN) plays a critical role in the progression of atherosclerotic plaques and that angiotensin II (Ang II) is a potent upregulator of OPN expression. The goal of the present study was to characterize the signaling mechanisms whereby Ang II increases OPN expression in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC). YM-254890, a(More)
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