Hiroyuki Hiraga

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We undertook the present study in 66 Japanese patients with essential hypertension to identify genetic factors associated with salt sensitivity. Patients were classified into salt-sensitive or salt-resistant groups on the basis of changes in their mean blood pressures from a week of a low salt diet (50 mmol/d) to a week of a high salt diet (340 mmol/d).(More)
This study was designed to test the hypothesis that the cellular metabolism of Ca2+ and Mg2+, which is important in platelet function, is abnormal in the platelets of patients with vasospastic angina. Cytosolic free Mg2+ concentration ([Mg2+]i) and Ca2+ handling were determined in the platelets of 24 patients with vasospastic angina and 24 control subjects(More)
We measured basal cytosolic concentration of free Mg2+ ([Mg2+]i) in platelets from 30 healthy volunteers by using mag-fura-2, a new fluorescent Mg2+ indicator. The mean [Mg2+]i was 381 +/- 22 mumol/L, with values ranging from 226 to 771 mumol/L. The day-to-day intrasubject coefficient of variation was relatively small (3.6%). [Mg2+]i was significantly(More)
Although angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) plays an important role in blood pressure regulation, no relationship between the insertion/deletion (I/D) polymorphism of the ACE gene and essential hypertension has been observed. However, as the pathogenesis and genetic background of essential hypertension are heterogeneous, we investigated whether the ACE(More)
To test the hypothesis that abnormal platelet Ca2+ handling in essential hypertension results from cellular Mg2+ deficiency, cytosolic free Mg2+ concentration ([Mg2+]i) and Ca2+ metabolism were studied in mag-fura 2 and fura 2-loaded platelets from 30 essential hypertensive patients and 30 sex- and age-matched normotensive controls. Basal cytosolic free(More)
The present study was designed to determine whether magnesium (Mg) deficiency is present in patients with essential hypertension. We measured the retention of an intravenously administered Mg load (0.2 mmol/kg MgSO4 over 4 h), and serum and erythrocyte Mg concentrations in 17 inpatients with essential hypertension and in 15 normotensive controls. There was(More)
1. To clarify the mechanism by which cytosolic free Mg2+ concentrations ([Mg2+]i) are regulated in human platelets, we investigated platelet membrane permeability to Mg2+ by altering extracellular Mg2+ concentrations, and tested the existence of a Na(+)-Mg2+ exchanger by manipulating the transmembrane Na+ gradient. 2. Platelet [Mg2+]i was 421 +/- 52 mumol/l(More)
The iv administration of L-arginine, a precursor of endothelium-derived relaxing factor/nitric oxide, is known to decrease blood pressure in humans by its direct vasodilatory effects. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether L-arginine infusion modifies the renin-angiotensin (Ang)-aldosterone system as well as blood pressure and renal(More)
The developmental processes of larval and juvenile ayu.Plecoglossus altivelis, in the estuarine and freshwater sections of the Shimanto River were compared among cohorts hatched in November, December and January. Formation of fins and ossification of the centra, which were completed by about 35 mm BL, hardly differed among the three cohorts. In specimens(More)