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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)
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)
The aims of the present study were to evaluate the variability of pharmacokinetics of flecainide in young Japanese patients and to investigate the mechanisms of renal excretion and intestinal absorption of the drug using cultured epithelial cells. First the plasma concentration data of flecainide was analysed in 16 Japanese patients aged between 0.07 and(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)
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)
Severe motor and intellectual disabilities (SMID) syndrome is a heterogeneous group of disorders with severe physical disabilities and mental retardation. Higher incidence of sudden death is also known in these patients. However, little is known about the cardiovascular features of patients with SMID. We examine the patients with severe motor and(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)
BACKGROUND The purpose of the present study was to establish the normal values of flow propagation velocity (FPV) in healthy children and examine the variables that affect FPV in clinical situations. METHODS Two hundred and thirty- five healthy children and adolescents were assessed (aged 0-22.6 years, mean age 7.4 +/- 5.4 years; male, n = 142; female, n(More)
Left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC) is a genetically heterogenous disorder. Mutations in the human cardiac sodium channel alpha-subunit gene (SCN5A) are involved in the pathophysiology of cardiac arrhythmias and cardiomyopathies. This study was performed to compare the frequency of SCN5A variants in LVNC patients with or without arrhythmias, and to(More)