Junji Matsuura

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BACKGROUND The acetylcholine-activated K(+) current (I(K,ACh)) is a novel candidate for atrial-specific antiarrhythmic therapy. The present study investigates the involvement of I(K,ACh) in atrial fibrillation (AF) using NTC-801, a novel potent and selective I(K,ACh) blocker. METHODS AND RESULTS The effects of NTC-801, substituted(More)
The present study examines the effects of NTC-801, a highly selective acetylcholine (ACh) receptor-activated potassium (KACh) channel blocker, on atrial fibrillation (AF) in a canine model with electrical remodeling. An experimental substrate for AF was created in dogs via left atrial (LA) tachypacing (400 bpm, 3-5 weeks). NTC-801, dofetilide, and(More)
A growing body of evidence suggests the potential role of chymase in organ injury in diabetes. We investigated blood glucose levels and survival in transgenic mice carrying the human chymase gene (Tg). Intraperitoneal injections of streptozotocin (STZ) (200, 100, 75 and 50 mg/kg in total, i.p.) were given to uninephrectomized Tg mice and wild-type C57BL/6(More)
We examined the effects of overexpressed human chymase on survival and activity in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-treated mice. Human chymase transgenic (Tg) and wild-type C57BL/6 (WT) mice were treated with LPS (0.03, 0.1 and 0.3 mg/day; intraperitoneal) for 2 weeks. Treatment with 0.03 mg LPS did not affect survival in either WT or Tg mice. WT mice were not(More)
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