Hiroshi Kasanuki

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Although somatic stem cells have been reported to exist in various adult organs, there have been few reports concerning stem cells in the heart. We here demonstrate that Sca-1-positive (Sca-1+) cells in adult hearts have some of the features of stem cells. Sca-1+ cells were isolated from adult murine hearts by a magnetic cell sorting system and cultured on(More)
Acute heart failure syndromes (AHFS) are likely to increase in the future, and the high readmission rate of patients with AHFS is an important issue in Western countries. However, there are very few published epidemiological studies on AHFS in the Asia Pacific region. Because AHFS are heterogeneous, the characteristics, clinical profile, and management of(More)
There has been growing evidence associating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with cardiovascular pathogenesis. We hypothesized that OSA may affect outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). We performed a sleep study in 89 consecutive patients with ACS who were successfully treated with PCI. Patients(More)
1. The Ca2+ current, K+ current, hyperpolarization-activated current, Na(+)-K+ pump current and the Na(+)-Ca2+ exchange current were all blocked by appropriate blockers and the remaining time-independent currents were investigated in single pacemaker cells of the rabbit sino-atrial node using the whole-cell patch clamp technique. 2. Exchanging the bathing(More)
Cardiac progenitor cells are a potential source of cell therapy for heart failure. Although recent studies have shown that transplantation of cardiac stem/progenitor cells improves function of infarcted hearts, the precise mechanisms of the improvement in function remain poorly understood. The present study demonstrates that transplantation of sheets of(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, idiopathic ventricular fibrillation (VF) has gained much attention. Although several subgroups have been described, its pathogenesis, mechanism, treatment, and prognosis remain unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS We studied six cases of idiopathic VF with transient late r' waves and ST elevation (late r'/ST elevation) in leads V1 through V3.(More)
Lectin-like oxidized low-density lipoprotein receptor (LOX-1/OLR1) has been suggested to play a role in the progression of atherogenesis. We analyzed the OLR1 gene and found a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), G501C, in patients with ischemic heart disease from a single family, which resulted in the missense mutation of K167N in LOX-1 protein. We(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known regarding intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) criteria to determine the functional severity of coronary stenosis. Recently, fractional flow reserve (FFR) has emerged as a lesion-specific index of the functional severity of a coronary stenosis that is independent of systemic hemodynamic variability. The present study was undertaken to(More)
The electrophysiological properties of the transient outward current were investigated in voltage-clamped single cells from the rabbit sino-atrial node. To make a regional comparison, some experiments were repeated in atrial myocytes. The current-voltage relationship showed a characteristic outward rectification with an activation threshold of -30 mV.(More)
BACKGROUND It is unclear whether depression persists in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). We evaluated the prevalence and persistence of depression in ICD patients over a 2-year period. METHODS The study included 90 consecutively hospitalized patients. Patients underlying heart disease was 24% coronary artery disease, 29%(More)