Michael S. Yee

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Hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) therapy for myocardial repair is limited by the number of stem cells that migrate to, engraft in, and proliferate at sites of injured myocardium. To alleviate this limitation, we studied whether a strategy using a bispecific antibody (BiAb) could target human stem cells specifically to injured myocardium and preserve myocardial(More)
The mouse is an important model for the development of therapeutic stem cell/bone marrow cell implantation to treat ischemic myocardium. However, its small heart size hampers accurate implantation into the left ventricular (LV) wall. Precise injections have required surgical visualization of the heart, which is subject to complications and is impractical(More)
Coronary heart disease is currently the leading killer in the western world. Therapeutic angiogenic agents are currently being examined for treatment of this disease. We have recently demonstrated the effective use of Pleiotrophin (PTN) as a therapeutic agent for treatment of ischemic myocardium. We have also shown that injection of the biopolymer fibrin(More)
BACKGROUND There is recent evidence suggesting that rosiglitazone increases death from cardiovascular causes. We investigated the direct effect of this drug on atheroma using 3D carotid cardiovascular magnetic resonance. RESULTS A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study was performed to evaluate the effect of rosiglitazone treatment on carotid(More)
Familial lecithin:cholesterol acyltransferase deficiency (FLD) is a monogenic autosomal recessive condition, affecting cholesterol esterification and leads to progressive renal impairment and end-stage renal failure, probably due to the abnormal lipoprotein (X) (Lp(X)). We report a case of FLD, whom we treated with a combination of nicotinic acid 1.5g nocte(More)
Separation of lipoproteins by traditional sequential salt density floatation is a prolonged process ( approximately 72 h) with variable recovery, whereas iodixanol-based, self-generating density gradients provide a rapid ( approximately 4 h) alternative. A novel, three-layered iodixanol gradient was evaluated for its ability to separate lipoprotein(More)
AIM Gut microbial dysbiosis is implicated in the pathogenesis of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). We investigated downstream effects of gut microbiota modulation on markers of hepatic inflammation, steatosis, and hepatic and peripheral insulin sensitivity in patients with NASH using rifaximin therapy. METHODS Patients with biopsy-proven NASH and(More)
OBJECTIVE A multidisciplinary approach is advocated for the management of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), but few clinical data exist to support this. The objective of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a multidisciplinary NAFLD clinic using surrogate markers of liver injury and cardiovascular risk. DESIGN Retrospective survey(More)
CONTEXT Existing data regarding the association between growth hormone deficiency (GHD) and liver fat content are conflicting. OBJECTIVE We aimed (i) to assess intrahepatocellular lipid (IHCL) content in hypopituitary adults with GHD compared to matched controls and (ii) to evaluate the effect of growth hormone (GH) replacement on IHCL content. DESIGN(More)