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AIMS There are few data comparing the fate of multipotent progenitor cells (MPCs) used in cardiac cell therapy after myocardial infarction (MI). To document in vivo distribution of MPCs delivered by intracoronary (IC) injection. METHODS AND RESULTS Using an anterior MI swine model, near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence was used for in vivo tracking of labelled(More)
BACKGROUND Imaging of thrombus formation in vivo has been limited by the inability to directly visualize and measure thrombi in large blood vessels in real time. Near-infrared light, with its superior tissue penetration and reduced scatter, could potentially solve this problem. METHODS AND RESULTS Platelets were labeled with the near-infrared fluorophore(More)
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the feasibility of percutaneous antegrade myocardial gene transfer (PAMGT). A consistent and safe technique for in vivo gene transfer is required for clinical application of myocardial gene therapy. PAMGT with concomitant coronary venous blockade was performed in 12 swine. The myocardium was preconditioned with 1 min(More)
The aim of this study was to determine whether severe mitral regurgitation (MR) is progressive and whether tissue-Doppler (TD)-derived indexes can detect early left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in chronic severe MR. Percutaneous rupture of mitral valve chordae was performed in pigs (n = 8). Before MR (baseline), immediately after MR (post-MR), and at 1 and(More)
BACKGROUND Observational registries comparing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) have reported long-term survival results that are discordant with those of randomized trials. METHODS AND RESULTS We conducted a multicenter study in Japan enrolling consecutive patients undergoing first CABG or PCI(More)
There has been no previous prospective study evaluating dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) duration shorter than 6 months after cobalt-chromium everolimus-eluting stent (CoCr-EES) implantation. STOPDAPT trial is a prospective multi-center single-arm study evaluating 3-month DAPT duration after CoCr-EES implantation. The primary endpoint was a composite of(More)
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