Marcos T. Kuroki

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Rapid and highly sensitive detection of DNA is critical in diagnosing genetic diseases. Conventional approaches often rely on cumbersome, semi-quantitative amplification of target DNA to improve detection sensitivity. In addition, most DNA detection systems (microarrays, for example), regardless of their need for target amplification, require separation of(More)
Chronically elevated plasma angiotensin II (AngII) causes a salt-sensitive form of hypertension that is associated with a differential pattern of peripheral sympathetic outflow. This "AngII-salt sympathetic signature" is characterized by a transient reduction in sympathetic nervous system activity (SNA) to the kidneys, no change in SNA to skeletal muscle,(More)
Sympathetic nervous system activity is increased in several cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension and heart failure (HF).1 Indeed, one classification of the severity of HF is based on the direct relationship between the plasma concentration of the sympathetic neurotransmitter, norepinephrine, and impaired cardiac function.1 Although the role of(More)
Septic arthritis (SA) is a rheumatologic emergency associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Delayed or inadequate treatment of SA can lead to irreversible joint destruction and disability. Current methods of diagnosing SA rely on synovial fluid analysis and culture which are known to be imprecise and time-consuming. We report a novel adaptation(More)
The ability of cells to detect changes in the microenvironment is important in cell signaling and responsiveness to environmental fluctuations. Our interest is in understanding how human bone marrow stromal-derived cells (MSC) and their relatives, vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC), interact with their environment through novel receptors. We found, through(More)
Previous studies suggest that ANG II-induced hypertension in rats fed a high-salt (HS) diet (ANG II-salt hypertension) has a neurogenic component dependent on an enhanced sympathetic tone to the splanchnic veins and independent from changes in sympathetic nerve activity to the kidney or hind limb. The purpose of this study was to extend these findings and(More)
OBJECTIVES To design and evaluate a rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based assay for detecting Eubacteria and performing early screening for selected Class A biothreat bacterial pathogens. METHODS The authors designed a two-step PCR-based algorithm consisting of an initial broad-based universal detection step, followed by specific pathogen(More)
Angiotensin II (ANG II)-induced hypertension is a commonly studied model of experimental hypertension, particularly in rodents, and is often generated by subcutaneous delivery of ANG II using Alzet osmotic minipumps chronically implanted under the skin. We have observed that, in a subset of animals subjected to this protocol, mean arterial pressure (MAP)(More)
Sympathetic nervous system activity is increased in several cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension and heart failure (HF).1 Indeed, one classification of the severity of HF is based on the direct relationship between the plasma concentration of the sympathetic neurotransmitter, norepinephrine, and impaired cardiac function.1 Although the role of(More)
Sympathetic nervous system activity is increased in several cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension and heart failure (HF).1 Indeed, one classification of the severity of HF is based on the direct relationship between the plasma concentration of the sympathetic neurotransmitter, norepinephrine, and impaired cardiac function.1 Although the role of(More)