Minoru Ichikawa

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Bulky DNA lesions are mainly repaired by nucleotide excision repair (NER), in which the interaction of ERCC1 with XPA protein recruits the ERCC1-XPF complex, which acts as a structure-specific endonuclease in the repair process. However, additional functions besides NER have been suggested for the ERCC1-XPF complex, because ERCC1- or XPF-deficient rodent(More)
Cardiac involvement in progressive systemic sclerosis (PSS) is common and has a strong negative impact on the prognosis, especially when autoantibodies are present. To determine whether ultrasonic tissue characterization can detect early ultrastructural changes in the sclerodermal myocardium, we analyzed the transmural heterogeneity in myocardial integrated(More)
Anomalous coronary arteries are usually identified incidentally by angiography or autopsy, but some "malignant" coronary anomalies are associated with a high incidence of syncope, arrhythmia, myocardial infarction, and sudden death. So far, the pathogenesis of the coronary events in such cases has only been revealed by autopsy. In the present case report, a(More)
A 49-year-old woman was referred to hospital because of chest discomfort. Coronary angiography revealed subtotal occlusion of the left coronary artery and the right coronary artery, but subsequent hemodynamic collapse occurred. Based on the results of intravascular ultrasound the occlusion was suspected to be caused by coronary vasospasm, which was not(More)
A 62-year-old man presented to hospital with chest oppression. Coronary angiography revealed total occlusion of the right coronary artery and inferior myocardial infarction was diagnosed. He was treated by percutaneous coronary intervention with stenting for myocardial infarction. After four months, echocardiography revealed a huge aneurysm protruding below(More)
We report the case of a 69-year-old male whose left circumflex coronary artery was perforated immediately after implantation of an Endeavor zotarolimus-eluting stent (E-ZES). Despite successful hemostasis by long balloon inflation, a coronary pseudoaneurysm remained at the E-ZES-implanted segment. Coronary angiography performed one year after the coronary(More)
Treatment of de novo coronary stenosis with sirolimus-eluting stents is associated with very low rates of target lesion revascularization and other major adverse cardiac events in the short-term after implantation, but a definite frequency of late-stent thrombosis (LST) over a long-term follow-up has become evident. One of the predictors of LST is stent(More)
Very late stent thrombosis (VLST), a rare complication of stenting, has been reported to develop more frequently at later than 1 year after the deployment of the drug-eluting stent (DES) compared with the bare-metal stent (BMS). However, the causes for the difference in the incidence remain unknown. Serial angioscopy on 1,591 and 1,952 days after BMS(More)