Keiko Nakagawa

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STUDY OBJECTIVES The prevalence of thromboembolism might be higher than previously recognized in patients with atrial flutter (AFL) based on findings of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). To evaluate the potential prothrombotic state in patients with AFL, TEE findings and hemostatic markers were compared among patient groups with AFL, normal sinus(More)
Acyl-CoA binding domain-containing 5 (ACBD5) is a peroxisomal protein that carries an acyl-CoA binding domain (ACBD) at its N-terminal region. The recent identification of a mutation in the ACBD5 gene in patients with a syndromic form of retinal dystrophy highlights the physiological importance of ACBD5 in humans. However, the underlying pathogenic(More)
Monoclonal antibodies are widely used for the treatment of various diseases, and because therapeutic monoclonal antibodies are stored in an aqueous solution or in a lyophilized state, the preparation of a stabilizing formulation that prevents their deterioration (degradation and aggregation) is crucial. Given the structural similarities of the(More)
A proteoglycan (PG) monomer is a macromolecule consisting of one or more glycosaminoglycan (GAG) chains attached to a core protein. PGs have signaling roles and modulatory functions in the extracellular matrix and at the cell surface. To elucidate the functions of higher-order PG structures, pseudoPGs that imitate the PG structure were prepared to develop(More)
Chronic kidney disease is a risk factor for cardiovascular events, but how it relates to the prognosis associated with clinical risk factors for thromboembolism in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) is not well known. Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), score for congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥75 years, diabetes(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the relationship between spontaneous echocardiographic contrast (SEC) in the descending thoracic aorta and plasma levels of hemostatic markers in patients with nonrheumatic atrial fibrillation (AF). DESIGN AND SETTINGS A cross-sectional study at a university hospital. PATIENTS AND MEASUREMENTS In 91 consecutive patients (mean +/-(More)
BACKGROUND The present study was conducted to investigate whether an accumulation of clinical risk factors for thromboembolism would correlate with severity of blood stasis in the left atrium (LA) and aortic atherosclerosis in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). METHODS Risk levels of thromboembolism were assessed in 515 (mean age 67.5(More)
BACKGROUND There is no clear consensus on thromboprophylaxis in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) at low-intermediate thromboembolic risk. Although hyperuricemia is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, the relationship between serum uric acid (UA) levels and thromboembolic risk has not been fully elucidated in patients with AF. (More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate pharmacological cardioversion of long-lasting persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) using bepridil in terms of recovery of atrial mechanical function and maintenance of sinus rhythm. Bepridil alone or in combination with aprindine is effective for termination of persistent AF. METHODS AND RESULTS The study(More)
BACKGROUND Although smoking is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, little is known about the impact of smoking on long-term outcomes in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS In 426 consecutive patients with nonvalvular AF (mean age, 66 years; 307 men; mean follow-up, 5.8±3.2 years), clinical variables including smoking status, CHADS2, and(More)