Kimihiko Ishimura

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BACKGROUND Aortic pulse wave velocity has been used for evaluating atherosclerosis. Recently, the development of the volume plethysmographic method has made it possible to easily measure the index of the pulse wave velocity. The brachial ankle pulse wave velocity and cardio ankle vascular index are used for estimating the extent of atherosclerosis. The(More)
OBJECT This study was designed to examine whether natriuretic peptide/natriuretic peptide receptor-A (NPR-A) system attenuates renal fibrosis in a unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) model and also examined the mechanism involved. METHODS Three groups were studied: untreated UUO in wild-type mice; untreated UUO in NPR-A KO mice; and ANP treated (0.05(More)
PURPOSE To examine whether coronary artery stenosis affects plasma levels of atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), N-terminal proatrial natriuretic peptide (proANP), and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) in patients with normal left ventricular systolic function. METHODS We studied 104 consecutive patients with normal left ventricular function and suspected(More)
BACKGROUND The impact of the use of preoperative portal vein embolization (PVE) on long-term survival after surgery was evaluated by retrospective analysis of prognostic factors in patients with advanced-stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who had undergone hepatic resection with or without PVE. METHODS The portal embolization group (Group P) consisted(More)
Changes occurring in serotonin neurons during hyperthermia-induced convulsions were examined by means of a modified immunohistochemical method. All mice (8–12 weeks of age) exposed to the temperature of 50°C had convulsions, showing a generalized tonic and/or clonic pattern. Immediately after the convulsions, the animals were perfused transcardially with a(More)
BACKGROUND We and other investigators have reported that short- and long-term treatment with adrenomedullin has beneficial effects in heart failure. This study examined the effects of long-term treatment with a vasopeptidase inhibitor plus adrenomedullin in a model of heart failure in rats and assessed potential mechanisms of action. METHODS Dahl(More)
AIM Survival and prognostic factors were analysed in patients who had undergone surgical resection with curative intention with the aim of identifying groups of patient with stage III and IV gallbladder cancer on the TNM classification who might benefit from surgery. METHODS Thirty-seven patients with advanced gallbladder cancer were studied, the(More)
OBJECTIVE The adrenomedullin system acts as an autocrine or paracrine factor (or both) in the development of cardiac hypertrophy and in the regulation of cardiac function. However, several aspects of the local action of adrenomedullin remain unclear. We studied the effects of interleukin 1-beta (IL-1beta) on the adrenomedullin system in cardiac fibroblasts(More)
BACKGROUND It was reported previously that 30 min administration of adrenomedullin (AM) improves hemodynamics in chronic stable heart failure patients. The present study was designed to examine whether long-term AM + human atrial natriuretic peptide (hANP) administration can be used as a therapeutic drug in patients with acute decompensated heart failure(More)
Cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI) using the volume plethysmographic method is a noninvasive atherosclerotic indicator which is not influenced by blood pressure. Coronary intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) is a reliable technique to measure progression of atherosclerosis. The association between CAVI and IVUS has not been reported. The aim of this study was to(More)