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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Although there have been so many reports of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) with magnetic navigation system (MNS), it is not necessarily obvious that MNS is more effective than conventional ablation. We performed AF ablation with MNS and compared the clinical outcomes and radiofrequency ablation parameters with those(More)
The gene structure and expression of the linear mitochondrial plasmids of the white-rot fungus Pleurotus ostreatus, pMLP1 and pMLP2, were analyzed. Cleavage by proteinase K and exonucleases indicated that the 5' ends of pMLP1 and pMLP2 DNAs were associated with terminal proteins. Nucleotide sequencing of the entire pMLP1 DNA revealed that it consists of(More)
Helicobacter pylori causes type B gastritis. It shows strong association with the development of gastric carcinoma. A plausible hypothesis for the missing link between H. pylori infection and gastric carcinogenesis involves oxygen free radical-induced DNA damage. To test this hypothesis, we compared the amount of 9-hydroxydeoxyguanosine, a marker for oxygen(More)
BACKGROUND There is little data about the additive effects of ischemia-modified albumin (IMA) on the exercise stress test (EST) used for the screening of ischemic heart disease. The relationship between myocardial ischemic burden and the change in IMA (DeltaIMA) during EST was investigated. METHODS AND RESULTS EST was performed using the Bruce protocol to(More)
BACKGROUND High serum phosphorus and the calcium-phosphorus product concentration has been associated with increased mortality and cardiovascular events in patients with chronic kidney disease. OBJECTIVE This study was designed to determine the relationship between calcium-phosphorus product concentration and the presence of coronary artery calcification(More)
Angiotensin II (Ang II), one of the main vasoactive hormones of the renin-angiotensin system, contributes to the development and progression of atherosclerosis by inducing vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) migration. Although previous studies have shown that Ang II upregulates low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 (LRP1) expression in VSMCs(More)
Cardiac calcification usually occurs in patients with end-stage renal disease. However, rapid progression of cardiac calcification is rarely associated with secondary hyperparathyroidism of end-stage renal disease. We report a patient with end-stage renal disease who showed moderate left ventricular hypertrophy at the first echocardiography, and showed(More)
Receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) and connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) play a key role in diabetic myocardial fibrosis, and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPAR-gamma) activation has been reported to reduce RAGE and CTGF expression. This study investigated the effects of the PPAR-gamma agonist, rosiglitazone, on(More)
BACKGROUND To assess the functional differences among the three anatomic compartments of the left atrium (LA) using 64-multislice cardiac CT in controls and patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS We examined 144 individuals (105 males, mean age 56.42 ± 12.04 years) undergoing 64-multislice cardiac CT and divided them into 48 control, 53(More)
INTRODUCTION The aim of this study was to investigate the role of Doppler-derived left ventricular (LV) -dP/dt in predicting atrial fibrillation (AF) or ischemic stroke in patients with moderate to severe degenerative mitral regurgitation (MR). METHODS Doppler-derived LV -dP/dt was determined from the continuous-wave Doppler spectrum of the MR jet (-dP/dt(More)