Keiichi Hirono

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OBJECTIVE Receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) serves as a pattern recognition receptor for several endogenous ligands that are potent inducers of inflammation. By activating endothelial cells and leukocytes, RAGE augments recruitment of leukocytes to sites of inflammation, which is a key process, especially in vasculitis. Soluble RAGE(More)
Left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC) is a cardiomyopathy characterized by numerous excessively trabeculations and deep intertrabecular recesses. This study was performed to investigate Japanese LVNC patients for disease-causing mutations in a series of selected candidate genes. DNA was isolated from the peripheral blood of 79 cases including 20 familial(More)
Mutations in the gene G4.5, originally associated with Barth syndrome, have been reported to result in a wide spectrum of severe infantile X-linked cardiomyopathies. The purpose of this study was to investigate patients with isolated left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC) for disease-causing mutations in G4.5. In 27 patients including 10 families with(More)
Dobutamine (DOB) stress radionuclide ventriculography (RVG) is proposed for evaluating left ventricular performance in patients with Kawasaki disease (KD). Dobutamine stress RVG, up to 15 microg x kg(-1) x min(-1), was performed in 40 patients with a history of KD, some of whom had a perfusion defect (PD group) on dipyridamole stress thallium-201 myocardial(More)
Myeloid-related protein 8 (MRP8) and MRP14, S100 proteins secreted by activated phagocytes, bind specifically to endothelial cells. The endothelial response to MRP8/MRP14, however, is unknown. Using oligonucleotide microarray analysis, we show for the first time that MRP8/MRP14 induce a thrombogenic, inflammatory response in human microvascular endothelial(More)
The primary aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of the genotype of vitamin K epoxide reductase complex 1 (VKORC1) on warfarin dose requirements in Japanese pediatric patients. Forty-eight pediatric patients (0.42-19.25 years old) in whom stable anticoagulation was achieved by warfarin were enrolled in this study, and the polymorphic alleles(More)
Left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC) is a cardiomyopathy morphologically characterized by 2-layered myocardium, numerous prominent trabeculations, and deep intertrabecular recesses communicating with the left ventricular cavity. The purpose of this study was to investigate patients with LVNC for possible disease causing mutations. We screened 4 genes (TAZ,(More)
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is a new method of treatment for refractory heart failure. However, for children, its indication, efficacy, and long-term prognosis remain unclear. This study describes the use of CRT for a 3-year-old girl with intractable heart failure caused by isolated left ventricular non-compaction (LVNC) with narrow QRS complex.(More)
We evaluated the pharmacokinetics of routinely administered bosentan in 46 Japanese pediatric patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension. Plasma samples were taken twice at times corresponding to the peak and trough concentrations following repetitive oral administration. The population pharmacokinetic parameters of bosentan were estimated by use of the(More)
Citation Bowles, Neil E, Cammon B Arrington, Keiichi Hirono, Tsuneyuki Nakamura, Long Ngo, Yin Shen Wee, Fukiko Ichida, and John H Weis. 2014. “Kawasaki disease patients homozygous for the rs12252-C variant of interferon-induced transmembrane protein-3 are significantly more likely to develop coronary artery lesions.” Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine 2(More)