Hiroaki Iwasaki

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Adrenomedullin is a potent vasodilator peptide secreted by vascular endothelial and smooth muscle cells. Adrenomedullin stimulates the proliferation of quiescent rat vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) via p42/p44 ERK/MAP kinase activation. Recently, receptor-activity-modifying proteins (RAMPs) have been shown to transport calcitonin-receptor-like-receptor(More)
UNLABELLED A 67-year-old man was referred to our department for thyrotoxicosis with intermittent palpitation and 4-kg weight loss during the previous month. At the first visit, the patient was treated with cyclosporine A (CyA) for membranous nephropathy during the last 3 years and 8 months. Laboratory studies revealed that the serum TSH level was <0.005(More)
UNLABELLED A 45-year-old female was referred for endocrine evaluation of an incidental mass (31×24 mm in diameter) on the right adrenal gland. The patient was normotensive and nondiabetic, and had no history of generalised obesity (body weight, 46 kg at 20 years of age and 51.2 kg on admission); however, her waist-to-hip ratio was 0.97. Elevated urinary(More)
BACKGROUND Asymmetric NG,NG-dimethylarginine (ADMA), an endogenous inhibitor of nitric oxide synthase, is regulated by the enzymatic participants of synthetic and metabolic processes, i.e., type I protein N-arginine methyltransferase (PRMT) and dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase (DDAH). Previous reports have demonstrated that circulating ADMA levels(More)
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