Keisuke Shioji

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This study focused on 3 genetic polymorphisms that have previously been implicated in hypertension: the alpha-adducin (ADD1/Gly460Trp), beta1-adrenoreceptor (ADRB1/Arg389Gly), and G-protein beta3 subunit (GNB3/C825T) gene polymorphisms. We determined genetic variants using the TaqMan system in a large cohort representing the general population in Japan (867(More)
In the present study, the mechanisms and importance of the Fc portion of immunoglobulin in experimental giant cell myocarditis were examined. Giant cell myocarditis was induced in rats by immunization of porcine cardiac myosin. Human intact immunoglobulin (1 g. kg(-1). d(-1)) or F(ab')(2) fragments of human immunoglobulin (1 g. kg(-1). d(-1)) were(More)
To examine the possible involvement of a redox regulating mechanism in the pathogenesis of immune-mediated myocarditis, myocarditis was induced by immunization of porcine cardiac myosin in rats and immunohistochemistry and Western blot for thioredoxin (TRX) were performed. Immunohistochemistry for 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) and nuclear factor(More)
As oxidative stress plays a crucial role in the development and pathogenesis of hypertension, we analyzed the redox (reduction/oxidation) status in tissues from Wistar-Kyoto rats (WKY), spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR), and stroke-prone SHR (SHRSP). Expressions of 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine, a marker for oxidative stress-induced DNA damage, and(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, a mutation in the human MEF2A gene was reported to be responsible for an autosomal dominant form of coronary artery disease, so the purpose of the present study was to assess the significance of MEF2A mutations in Japanese subjects with myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS AND RESULTS The study population consisted of 589 control(More)
BACKGROUND Adriamycin (ADR) is an anticancer drug known to cause severe cardiac toxicity by generating free radicals. We investigated the role of a redox-regulating molecule, thioredoxin-1 (TRX1), in ADR-induced cardiotoxicity. METHODS AND RESULTS The in vitro study showed that TRX1 was dose-dependently increased concomitant with the formation of hydroxyl(More)
A 31-year-old woman suspected to have acute myocarditis was admitted to hospital and was managed with intra-aortic balloon pumping and a percutaneous cardiopulmonary support system because of sustained ventricular tachycardia. After immunoglobulin treatment, cardiac function and systematic inflammation were improved. The left ventricular endomyocardial(More)
Mutations in the proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin 9 ( PCSK9) gene have been reported in affected members of two families with autosomal dominant hypercholesterolemia. To investigate the effects of common variants in PCSK9 on the cholesterol level, we conducted an association study using a large cohort representing the general population in Japan(More)
BACKGROUND Hypoadiponectinemia has been reported to indicate an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, so the present study investigated the significance of serum adiponectin (APN) levels for predicting clinical outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS AND RESULTS The APN levels were evaluated in 184 consecutive patients who(More)
OBJECTIVE We performed association studies between 118 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of 22 candidate genes (or gene family) and hypertension in a Japanese population. DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS The study population consisted of 1880 subjects representing the general population in Japan, recruited from the Suita study. The candidate genes were(More)