Makoto Handa

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We investigated the effects of hemodynamic force on fibrinolytic activity of cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells stimulated by cytokines, using a modified cone-plate viscometer in which well-controlled and -defined shear forces were generated. Treatment of the cells with interleukin (IL)-beta or tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha) under(More)
BACKGROUND The dodecapeptide HHLGGAKQAGDV (H12), corresponding to the fibrinogen gamma-chain carboxy-terminal sequence (gamma 400-411), is a specific binding site of the ligand for platelet GPIIb/IIIa complex. We have evaluated H12-coated nanoparticles (polymerized albumin or liposome) as platelet function-supporting synthetic products. OBJECTIVES To(More)
Integrins are postulated to undergo structural rearrangement from a low affinity bent conformer to a high affinity extended conformer upon activation. However, some reports have shown that a bent conformer is capable of binding a ligand, whereas another report has shown that integrin extension does not absolutely lead to activation. To clarify whether(More)
BACKGROUND Platelet transfusion refractoriness remains problematic in the management of patients who have undergone hematopoietic progenitor cell transplantation. Bone marrow transplantation itself is reported to be a relevant factor hampering efficient platelet transfusions. However, a prospective analysis assessing factors affecting platelet transfusion(More)
Recombinant thrombopoietin has been reported to stimulate megakaryocytopoiesis and thrombopoiesis and it may be quite useful to treat patients with low platelet counts after chemotherapy. As little is known regarding the possible activation of platelets by thrombopoietin, we examined the effects of thrombopoietin on platelet aggregation induced by shear(More)
OBJECTIVE To ascertain why alcohol is prone to manifest unpleasant effects in diabetes associated with mitochondrial tRNA(Leu(UUR) mutation at position 3243 (DM-Mt3243), we investigated the genotype of aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) 2 and alcohol dehydrogenase 2 (ADH2) in DM-Mt3243. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Nineteen unrelated patients with DM-Mt3243(More)
BACKGROUND The number of patients with lung cancer is increasing. This study was undertaken to realize the probability, fate and management of acute fatal postoperative complications. Since interstitial pneumonia was one of the most fatal postoperative complications, to know its incidence and fate is very important. METHODS A total of 2667 patients who(More)
OBJECTIVE The TNM staging system of lung cancer is widely used as a guide for estimating prognosis and selecting treatment modality. In 1997, the International Union Against Cancer and the American Joint Committee on Cancer have adopted a revised stage grouping for lung cancer. However, the validity of the new stage grouping has not been fully established.(More)
The mechanisms causing high blood pressure in patients with Cushing's syndrome were investigated by measurements of humoral factors and pharmacological maneuvers. Twelve patients with adrenal adenomas were studied. The mean systolic and diastolic pressures of the patients were 171 +/- 28 and 109 +/- 15 mm Hg (+/- SEM), respectively, which were significantly(More)
Signal transducers and activators of transcription (STATs) play a central role in cytokine signaling. Activating and repressing gene transcription is a dynamic process involving chromatin remodeling by histone acetylases and deacetylases, yet the role of this process in STAT-dependent transcription remains largely unknown. In a search for STAT5-interacting(More)