Masakazu Nagasawa

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Two patients with long-term corticosteroid administration sporadically developed limb muscle wasting followed by ophthalmoplegia, and the skeletal muscle pathology revealed ragged-red fibers (RRFs) with abnormal mitochondria, in addition to the findings of corticosteroid myopathy. The oculoskeletal symptoms of the present cases resemble those of chronic(More)
To estimate the oxidative damage to skeletal muscle DNA in mitochondrial encephalomyopathies, we studied the amount of 8-hydroxy-deoxyguanosine (8-OH-dG) and the localization of superoxide dismutase (SOD) in the skeletal muscles of patients with progressive external ophthalmoplegia (PEO) or Kearns-Sayre syndrome (KSS). The molar ratio of(More)
Corticosteroid myopathy is a major clinical problem in patients undergoing chronic corticosteroid treatment and shows insidious and progressive muscle atrophy in proximal limbs. Although several mechanisms underlying the pathophysiology of muscle injury have been postulated, precise pathogenesis is still not clear. We evaluated the mitochondrial functions(More)
Internalization of modified low-density lipoprotein (LDL) via macrophage scavenger receptors (e.g. scavenger receptor A and CD36) is thought to play a crucial role in the development of atherosclerotic lesions. Cilostazol, an antiplatelet agent with selective phosphodiesterase 3 inhibitory action, has been reported to ameliorate atherosclerosis in mouse(More)
We investigated the recognition of late potentials in patients with and without organic heart diseases and spontaneous ventricular arrhythmias. None of the normal subjects had late potentials and patients with ventricular arrhythmias but no organic heart diseases, also had no late potentials as well as patients with idiopathic ventricular tachycardias. Late(More)
We studied eight mongrel dogs, weighing 15 to 35 kg, in which an initial low-frequency vibration of the first heart sound (M-sound) was recognized on the chest wall. A miniature accelerometer weighing 0.5 gm was used to record surface velocity signals and surface acceleration signals as well as phonocardiograms over the cardiac apex of the closed chest wall(More)
A specific and sensitive gas chromatographic-high-resolution mass spectrometric method for the determination of 5-(3-tert.-butylamino-2-hydroxy)propoxy-3,4-dihydrocarbostyril (carteolol), which is a beta-blocker giving depression of intraocular pressure, was developed to elucidate the pharmacokinetics of its ophthalmic application. Carteolol has been(More)