Junnichi Ishii

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OBJECTIVES In a computed tomographic (CT) angiography study, we identified the characteristics of atherosclerotic lesions that were associated with subsequent development of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). BACKGROUND The CT characteristics of culprit lesions in ACS include positive vessel remodeling (PR) and low-attenuation plaques (LAP). These 2 features(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the feasibility of noninvasive assessment of the characteristics of disrupted atherosclerotic plaques, the authors interrogated the culprit lesions in acute coronary syndromes (ACS) by multislice computed tomography (CT). BACKGROUND Disrupted atherosclerotic plaques responsible for ACS histopathologically demonstrate large lipid(More)
BACKGROUND Coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA)-verified positive remodeling and low attenuation plaques are considered morphological characteristics of high-risk plaque (HRP) and predict short-term risk of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). OBJECTIVES This study evaluated whether plaque characteristics by CTA predict mid-term likelihood of ACS. (More)
BACKGROUND It has been proposed that 0.5-mm-slice multislice computed tomography (MSCT) is a noninvasive tool for the detection of atherosclerotic plaque, but the validity of such an assessment has not been demonstrated by an invasive investigation. The present study was performed to compare the 0.5-mm-slice MSCT density of plaques with intravascular(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of fidarestat, a novel aldose reductase (AR) inhibitor, in a double-blind placebo controlled study in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and associated peripheral neuropathy. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS A total of 279 patients with diabetic neuropathy were treated with placebo or(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether the plasma brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) concentration is a useful marker of right ventricular (RV) overload and whether it has prognostic value as a predictor of death in patients with chronic respiratory disease (CRD). We measured the plasma BNP and atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) concentrations in 31(More)
A comparison was made of clinical diagnosis by ultrasound (US) and CT examination in 52 patients who had undergone radical neck dissection. The site, size, depth and other patterns concerning the nodes which could not be detected by physical examination was examined. US and CT examination proved superior to conventional clinical examination in detecting(More)
Oligomers of a protein, porin, form permeability channels in the outer membrane of Escherichia coli B. A functional porin oligomer was identified and was purified to homogeneity by gel filtration in the presence of salts and sodium dodecyl sulfate. Molecular weights of purified porin oligomer and heat-dissociated monomer appeared to be 102,900 and 32,600,(More)
AIMS To assess the fate of incomplete stent apposition (ISA) after deployment of sirolimus-eluting stents (SESs). METHODS AND RESULTS Thirty-two patients having intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-guided PCI with SESs underwent assessment of stent deployment with quantitative coronary angiography, IVUS, and optical coherence tomography (OCT) pre-procedure,(More)
We prospectively evaluated whether the combination of admission measurements of a marker for myocardial cell injury and a marker for left ventricular overload would effectively risk stratify patients with acutely decompensated heart failure. We measured serum concentrations of cardiac troponin T (cTnT) using a second-generation assay, as well as serum(More)