Learn More
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to determine the diagnostic performance of a new method for quantifying fractional flow reserve (FFR) with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) applied to coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) data in patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease (CAD). BACKGROUND Measurement of FFR during invasive(More)
OBJECTIVE Endothelial progenitor cells (EPC) in one study group is not the same as EPC in other investigators, suggesting that EPC is not a single type of cell population. In this study, we tried to demonstrate the heterogeneity of EPC. METHODS AND RESULTS We cultured total mononuclear cells from human peripheral blood to get two types of EPC sequentially(More)
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the commonest cause of death. Here, we report an association analysis in 63,746 CAD cases and 130,681 controls identifying 15 loci reaching genome-wide significance, taking the number of susceptibility loci for CAD to 46, and a further 104 independent variants (r(2) < 0.2) strongly associated with CAD at a 5% false discovery(More)
BACKGROUND Bone-marrow stem-cell transplantation has been shown to improve cardiac function in patients with myocardial infarction. We examined the feasibility and efficacy of granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) therapy and subsequent intracoronary infusion of collected peripheral blood stem-cells (PBSCs) in such patients. METHODS We(More)
The concept of reprogramming of somatic cells has opened a new era in regenerative medicine. Transduction of defined factors has successfully achieved pluripotency. However, during the generation process of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, genetic manipulation of certain factors may cause tumorigenicity, which limits further application. We report that(More)
BACKGROUND The relative safety of drug-eluting stents and bare-metal stents, especially with respect to stent thrombosis, continues to be debated. In view of the overall low frequency of stent thrombosis, large sample sizes are needed to accurately estimate treatment differences between stents. We compared the risk of thrombosis between bare-metal and(More)
OBJECTIVES We aimed to perform a meta-analysis of clinical trials on intracoronary cell therapy after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). BACKGROUND Intracoronary cell therapy continues to be evaluated in the setting of AMI with variable impact on left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). METHODS We searched the CENTRAL, mRCT, and PubMed databases for(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to determine whether computational modeling can be used to predict the functional outcome of coronary stenting by virtual stenting of ischemia-causing stenoses identified on the pre-treatment model. BACKGROUND Computed tomography (CT)-derived fractional flow reserve (FFR) is a novel noninvasive technology that can provide(More)
BACKGROUND The colony number of early endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) has been used as a quantitative indicator of the number of EPCs in the blood or as a biological marker of cardiovascular diseases. In the present study, we found a subset of T cells that were localized at the center of the EPC colony and played a pivotal role in colony formation and(More)
BACKGROUND Clopidogrel is a prodrug requiring metabolism by cytochrome P450 3A (CYP3A) isoenzymes, including CYP3A5, in order to be active. It is controversial whether clopidogrel interacts with CYP3A inhibitors. We investigated the influence of CYP3A5 polymorphism on the drug interaction of clopidogrel. METHODS In phase 1 of the study, we administered(More)