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BACKGROUND Atherosclerotic abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a progressive, gradual aortic rupture that results in death in the absence of surgical intervention. Key factors that regulate initiation and progression of AAA are unknown, making targeted interventions difficult. MicroRNAs play a fundamental role in atherosclerosis, and atherosclerotic coronary(More)
OBJECTIVE Various types of natural and synthetic scaffolds with arterial tissue cells or differentiated stem cells have recently attracted interest as potential small-caliber vascular grafts. It was thought that the synthetic graft with the potential to promote autologous tissue regeneration without any seeding would be more practical than a seeded graft.(More)
Solitary necrotic nodule of the liver is a rare benign lesion; only 22 cases have been reported to date. An unsolved problem in treating these lesions involves the difficulties in differential diagnosis; specific features of necrotic nodule of the liver in preoperative examinations have not been identified. Here, we report a patient with resected solitary(More)
BACKGROUND Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) is commonly used after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI); however, the supporting evidence is limited. To determine if aspirin alone is a better alternative to DAPT, we compared the outcomes of patients treated with DAPT or aspirin alone after TAVI.Methods and Results:We analyzed a total of 144(More)
OBJECTIVES Conventional total aortic arch repair is a high-risk procedure, particularly for high-risk patients. Although endovascular treatment of aortic arch aneurysm is a recently induced procedure, only a few cases are indicated and outcomes are questionable. Here, we report on the early and short-term results of our surgical procedure, i.e. hybrid arch(More)
BACKGROUND We have developed a tissue-engineered patch for cardiovascular repair. Tissue-engineered patches facilitated site-specific in situ recellularization and required no pretreatment with cell seeding. This study evaluated the patches implanted into canine pulmonary arteries. METHODS Tissue-engineered patches are biodegradable sheets woven with(More)
BACKGROUND Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a new alternative treatment with acceptable early results for patients with aortic valve stenosis considered to be inoperable. The first TAVR was performed in Japan in October 2009, and a total of 51 have been performed up to February 2012. METHODS AND RESULTS Because it is not possible to(More)
OBJECTIVE Various tissue-engineered vascular grafts have been studied to overcome the clinical disadvantages of conventional prostheses. Previous tissue-engineered vascular grafts have generally required preoperative cellular manipulation or use of bioreactors to improve performance, and their mechanical properties have been insufficient. We focused on the(More)
PURPOSE To assess the significance of aortic remodeling in the prevention of the late aortic events after thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) for aortic dissection. METHODS The study involved 52 patients (41 men; mean age was 59.7±13.3 years) with type B aortic dissections and patent false lumens treated with TEVAR between 2004 and 2011. Of the 52(More)
BACKGROUND To solve several problems with artificial grafts, we sought to develop a novel bioengineered material that can promote tissue regeneration without ex vivo cell seeding and that has sufficient durability to be used for artery reconstruction. Here, we tested whether this biodegradable material could accelerate the in situ regeneration of autologous(More)