Masahide Yasui

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BACKGROUND The role of angiotensin II type 2 receptor (AT2) in pulmonary fibrosis is unknown. To evaluate the influence of angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1) and AT2 antagonists in a mouse model of bleomycin (BLM)-induced pulmonary fibrosis. METHODS We examined effects of the AT1 antagonist (AT1A) olmesartan medoxomil (olmesartan) and the AT2 antagonist(More)
BACKGROUND Late asthmatic response is observed following antigen challenge in actively, but not passively, sensitized guinea pigs. Although cough reflex sensitivity is increased after antigen challenge in actively sensitized guinea pigs, it is unknown whether the antigen-induced increase in cough reflex sensitivity develops in passively sensitized animals.(More)
PURPOSE Decreased ventilation is observed on chest radiographs as small changes in X-ray translucency, and ventilatory impairments can therefore be detected by analyzing the distribution of respiratory-induced changes in pixel value. This study was performed to develop a ventilatory impairment detection method based on the distribution of(More)
PURPOSE Pulmonary ventilation and circulation dynamics are reflected on fluoroscopic images as changes in X-ray translucency. The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility of non-contrast functional imaging using a dynamic flat-panel detector (FPD). METHODS Dynamic chest radiographs of 20 subjects (abnormal, n = 12; normal, n = 8) were(More)
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