Miyuki Shibata

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Together with aging of the Japanese population, aortic valve replacement (AVR) for aortic stenosis (AS) is now becoming more and more common in the elderly. When the aortic annulus is too small to allow an adequate sized prosthetic valve, aortic root enlargement is required to avoid prosthesis-patient mismatch (PPM). However, age-related comorbidities(More)
Mitogen-activated protein kinase phosphatase 1 (MKP-1) is shown to negatively regulate MAPK signaling in various peripheral tissues as well as the central nervous system such as cortex, striatum and hippocampus. In this study, we examined whether MKP-1 regulates MAPK signaling in the mouse hypothalamus. Intraperitoneal injection of TNFα significantly(More)
There is evidence suggesting that the GABA system in the arcuate nucleus, where orexigenic neuropeptide Y and agouti-related peptide as well as anorexigenic proopiomelanocortin (POMC) are expressed, plays an important role in energy balance. In this study, we generated POMC-specific GABAB receptor-deficient [knock-out (KO)] mice. Male KO mice on a high-fat(More)
Right heart failure is a critical complication in patients requiring mechanical ventricular support. However, it is often difficult to provide adequate right ventricular support in the acute phase. A 41-year-old woman diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy with severe right heart failure underwent implantation of a paracorporeal pulsatile left ventricular(More)
Agouti-related protein (AgRP) expressed in the arcuate nucleus is a potent orexigenic neuropeptide, which increases food intake and reduces energy expenditure resulting in increases in body weight (BW). Glucocorticoids, key hormones that regulate energy balance, have been shown in rodents to regulate the expression of AgRP. In this study, we generated(More)
According to several previous reports on persistent fifth aortic arch (PFAA), the presentation of the patients was usually either very mild when diagnosed by physical examination including upper body systemic hypertension and systolic murmur, or severe with ductal shock in the neonatal period. In our case, the clinical course was unique with relatively mild(More)
Bilateral pulmonary artery banding( BPAB), though a less-invasive surgical option for hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), entails considerable risk of residual pulmonary artery stenosis after de-banding. Autologous aortic reconstruction in Norwood procedure is attractive in terms of growth potential, but technically demanding. To overcome these(More)
Patients with mechanical aortic valves are generally contraindicated for left ventricular assist device (LVAD) insertion because the prosthetic valve often becomes fixed in closed position. A 41-year-old woman with mechanical aortic valve prosthesis experienced sudden chest pain and developed cardiogenic shock. A paracorporeal pulsatile LVAD and a monopivot(More)
Recently, due to the progress in patient managements with antibiotics, the prognosis of the active phase infectious endocarditis (IE) has improved, but in some cases, urgent or emergent surgical treatment is inevitable because of the uncontrollable acute heart failure due to valve regurgitation, uncontrollable infection with circulatory collapse, or high(More)