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OBJECTIVES This study sought to establish a model for grading lesion difficulty in interventional chronic total occlusion (CTO) treatment. BACKGROUND Owing to uncertainty of success of the procedure and difficulties in selecting suitable cases for treatment, performance of interventional CTO remains infrequent. METHODS Data from 494 native CTO lesions(More)
OBJECTIVES Our aim was to investigate in-hospital outcomes of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of chronic total occlusion (CTO) using contemporary techniques. BACKGROUND Despite its increasing popularity and technical complexity, clinical outcomes of PCI for CTO using contemporary techniques have not been adequately evaluated. METHODS The J-CTO(More)
Resistin is a novel polypeptide specifically secreted from adipocytes, and its serum levels are increased in obese diabetic mice. Resistin antagonizes insulin and could account for insulin resistance. To determine whether there are single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the resistin gene associated with type 2 diabetes, sequences for 24 Japanese type 2(More)
This study was designed to compare central venous ports (CVP) from two different routes of venous access―the subclavian vein and arm vein―in terms of safety for patients with head and neck cancer (HNC). Patients with HNC who underwent image-guided implantations of CVPs were retrospectively evaluated. All CVPs were implanted under local anesthesia. Primary(More)
The relaxation effects of forskolin and methylxanthines on noradrenaline (NA)-induced contractions were investigated by measuring isotonic contraction and intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) in the epididymal side of guinea-pig vas deferens. NA (100 microM) and high K+ (55 mM) induced a biphasic contraction; fast, transient (phasic) and slow,(More)
AIM A previous phase 2 study of patients undergoing non-urgent PCI treated with SCH530348 plus aspirin and clopidogrel tended to reduce MACE without increased bleeding. This study evaluated the safety of SCH530348 in Japanese patients with NSTE ACS. METHODS Subjects (117), in whom PCI was planned, received standard-of-care (aspirin, ticlopidine, and(More)
We examined the proliferation capacity and neuronal differentiation potency of canine bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs). In addition, the microstructures of neuron-like cells after neuronal differentiation were observed under a scanning electron microscope. Canine BMSCs grew to confluency at 10.0 ± 2.5 days, and 3.8 ± 2.1 × 10(6) BMSCs were collected in one(More)
To clarify heterogeneity in Japanese adult-onset type 1 diabetes, we analyzed the HLA-DR and -DQ haplotypes, depending on the clinical phenotype, and compared them with those in childhood-onset type 1 diabetes (CO). The patients in a previously reported Ehime Study were divided into subgroups by the mode of onset of diabetes: 68 acute-onset type 1 diabetic(More)
PURPOSE Normalization of tumor vasculature after administering bevacizumab (BEV) makes assessment of therapeutic response using MRI difficult. The aim of this study was to clarify whether PET with C-methyl-L-methionine (MET-PET) would supplement MRI assessing of response after initiating BEV in glioblastoma. METHODS Twenty patients with recurrent(More)