Kiminori Kato

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IL-22 is one of several cytokines with limited homology to IL-10. However, the biological activities of IL-22 are mostly unknown. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of IL-22 on rat experimental autoimmune myocarditis (EAM) and elucidate an aspect of the biological activities of IL-22. Rats were immunized on day 0; IL-22-Ig-treated rats(More)
Genetic responses that characterize experimental autoimmune myocarditis (EAM) have not yet been determined. To investigate gene expression in the myocardium of EAM, absolute copy numbers of 44 mRNA species [calcium-handling proteins, contractile proteins, natriuretic peptides (NPs), cytokines, chemokines, growth factors, renin-angiotensin-aldosterone (RAA)(More)
BACKGROUND Hepcidin is a central regulator of iron homeostasis. Increased hepcidin concentrations could cause iron-restricted erythropoiesis in chronic kidney disease (CKD)-associated anemia. This cross-sectional observational study was conducted to evaluate the association between hepcidin and CKD-associated anemia in non-dialysis CKD patients. METHODS A(More)
BACKGROUND In Japan, the current standard waist circumference cutoff value for persons with multiple cardiovascular risk factors remains controversial. In this study we aimed to analyze the health-check examination data from a large Japanese population and propose a revised waist circumference cutoff value. METHODS Subjects of this study were 12,725(More)
BACKGROUND T-helper (Th)1/Th2 cytokine balance plays an important role in the pathogenesis of myocarditis. Recently, some studies indicate that interleukin (IL)-17, known as a T cell (Th17)-derived proinflammatory cytokine, is the major mediator of tissue inflammation in inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Experimental autoimmune myocarditis (EAM) is a T(More)
BACKGROUND Interleukin-1 (IL-1) is a powerful and important cytokine in myocarditis. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect and possible mechanism of hydrodynamics-based delivery of the IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1RA)-immunoglobulin (Ig) gene for treatment of rat experimental autoimmune myocarditis (EAM). METHODS AND RESULTS On the day(More)
BACKGROUND It is unclear how amiodarone therapy exerts its effects on left ventricular remodeling and cardiac sympathetic nerve function in chronic heart failure. We investigated long-term effects of amiodarone on rat dilated cardiomyopathy after healing of cardiac myosin-induced autoimmune myocarditis. METHODS AND RESULTS Rats were treated with oral(More)
Gene therapy is expected to lead to new and useful methods to treat diseases. The development of assays to quantitate gene-therapy-derived proteins circulating in blood will be essential to investigate the effects and side effects of the introduced proteins. The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether a protein circulating at trace concentrations in(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of congestive heart failure (CHF) is increasing with the aging of the community. Management of patients with systolic dysfunction (SD) is important for prevention of CHF, but there is little information regarding the burden of SD on Japanese communities. METHODS AND RESULTS In order to delineate the epidemiological and clinical(More)
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