Hirokazu Miyoshi

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The diagnosis and treatment of cancer or tumor at the cellular level will be greatly improved with the development of techniques that enable the delivery of analyte probes and therapeutic agents into cells and cellular compartments. Organic and inorganic nanoparticles that interface with biological systems have recently attracted widespread interest in the(More)
Encapsulated gas microbubbles are well known as ultrasound contrast agents for medical ultrasound imaging. Nonetheless, not only do these microbubbles help to image, but they can also be used as drug/gene carriers. The microbubbles as drug/gene carriers have an average size less than that of red blood cells, i.e. they are capable of penetrating even into(More)
BACKGROUND We hypothesized that deterioration of systolic left ventricular (LV) myocardial deformation exists as an early sign of "isolated" diastolic heart failure in patients with hypertension (HT) and LV hypertrophy (LVH). METHODS AND RESULTS Two-dimensional strain echocardiography was performed in 98 patients with HT and 22 age-matched normal(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, it has been demonstrated that aortic stiffness is associated with cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The objective of the present study was to accurately evaluate the aortic stiffness relative to the changes in aging using two-dimensional (2D) strain imaging in 39 comparatively normal patients (15-85 years). METHODS We obtained(More)
BACKGROUND Two-dimensional strain imaging allows rapid and accurate analysis of regional left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic mechanics in the longitudinal, radial, and circumferential directions. The aim of this study was to assess precisely the differences in early impairment of LV myocardial contraction and relaxation among the 3 directions in 70(More)
BACKGROUND It is well known that left ventricular (LV) diastolic function declines in the elderly, especially in patients with cardiovascular risk factors. However, few data are available on the early detection of relationship between arterial stiffness and LV diastolic dysfunction. METHODS AND RESULTS The common carotid artery intima-media thickness(More)
Our aim was to investigate the relationships between left atrial (LA) structural and functional changes and left ventricular (LV) dysfunction related to LV pressure overload in asymptomatic patients with hypertension. One hundred and twenty-six asymptomatic patients with hypertension and LV ejection fraction (EF) ≥ 60% were studied. Conventional, pulsed and(More)
A tetramesityl derivative of hitherto unknown tetracyclopenta[def,jkl,pqr,vwx]tetraphenylene (TCPTP), which is a potential tetraradicaloid hydrocarbon, was synthesized. Theoretical calculations based on spin-flip time-dependent density functional theory predict that the closed-shell D2h form of TCPTP is more stable than the open-shell D4h form with its(More)
Poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) is a biodegradable and biocompatible polymer material for drug deliver system. The aim of this study is to synthesize drug-loaded PLGA nanoparticles for sustained release and its anticancer effect in vitro. PLGA nanoparticles were prepared with modified solvent evaporation method. PLGA nanoparticles encapsulated(More)
Increased arterial stiffness is becoming an increasing health care problem as the population ages. Our aim was to detect the vascular aging of common carotid artery (CCA) and abdominal aorta (AAO) more easily and earlier using two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography, and to evaluate the regional differences in mechanical properties related to(More)