Masayuki Shibata

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BACKGROUND Although cytokine elevation has been demonstrated in chronic heart failure, little attention has been focused on cytokine levels during the acute stage. We examined the changes of cytokine levels in patients with acutely decompensated heart failure to investigate their relationship with severity of heart failure. METHODS Patients with acutely(More)
To clarify the role of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in the process of restenosis, a Palmaz-Schatz stent was implanted in the left anterior descending coronary artery of male pigs at 2 weeks after balloon injury (balloon/artery ratio 1.2:1). The animals were euthanized at 1, 2, and 4 weeks after stenting, and western blot and immunohistochemical(More)
BACKGROUND Stent design causes the differences of restenosis rate, but the morphological differences after the various types of stent implantation have not been clarified. DESIGN Seven types of stents were implanted in pig coronary arteries to clarify how the mechanism of restenosis differs with coil stents and tube stents. METHODS The left anterior(More)
After coronary stent implantation, the unfavorable in-stent restenosis often occurs by the formation of neointima due to the proliferation of smooth muscle cells. Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) and other peptide growth factors contribute to this process, but little is known about the role of non-peptide factors in this process. In the present study,(More)
BACKGROUND It remains unclear how closely the small dense low-density lipoprotein (LDL) (diameter < or =25.5 nm) is associated with various types of coronary heart disease (CHD) in Japanese patients, an ethnic group with lower serum cholesterol levels and less massive obesity compared with Western populations. METHODS AND RESULTS We measured mean LDL(More)
BACKGROUND Restenosis after coronary intervention remains an unsolved and important clinical problem. We histologically examined the mechanism of restenosis after both balloon injury and stenting. METHODS Coronary arteries of swine were subjected to balloon injury and stenting. Next, just after stenting or at 7, 14, or 28 days, the animals were sacrificed(More)
BACKGROUND Exuberant smooth muscle cells (SMCs) hyperplasia is the major cause of postangioplasty restenosis. We suggested that circulating smooth muscle progenitor cells might contribute to lesion formation after vascular injury. METHODS We extensively investigated the cellular constituents during neointimal formation after mechanical vascular injury. (More)
BACKGROUND Constrictive remodeling is thought to be more important than neointimal formation in coronary restenosis after balloon angioplasty. The inhibition of Rho-kinase prevents neointimal proliferation, but now this inhibition that affects constrictive remodeling remains unknown. To explore this issue further, we investigated whether a specific(More)
The α(v)β(3) integrin receptor plays an important role in human metastasis and tumor-induced angiogenesis. Cyclic Arg-Gly-Asp (cRGD) peptide represents a selective α(v)β(3) integrin ligand that has been extensively used for research, therapy, and diagnosis of neoangiogenesis. For developing photosensitizers with enhanced PDT efficacy, we here report the(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) are endothelial cell-specific growth factors, but the production of these growth factors in cardiomyocytes has also been demonstrated. However, there have been no reports focusing their attention on the changes in these growth factors after coronary intervention. We(More)