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BACKGROUND Excess visceral adipose tissue (VAT) is closely associated with the presence of coronary artery plaques that are vulnerable to rupture. Patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) have more VAT than patients without DM, but the extent to which VAT contributes to the characteristics of coronary plaques before and after the development of DM is not fully(More)
T wave oversensing (TWOS) is a common cause of inappropriate implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) therapies. Various algorithms to avoid inappropriate ICD therapy are available; however, they are not helpful to avoid TWOS. Although the reproduction of TWOS is useful to resolve the problem of TWOS, it is sometimes difficult to reproduce TWOS. We(More)
BACKGROUND Endothelial function is a prognostic predictor in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). However, in an era with widespread use of drug-eluting stents, the clinical relevance of endothelial dysfunction on restenosis in patients undergoing PCI has not been fully evaluated. METHODS This study included 80 patients with(More)
In the latent pro-form of matrix metalloproteinase 7 (MMP-7), the cysteine residue in the pro-peptide binds the active-site zinc ion. Hence, recombinant active MMP-7 was prepared from pro-MMP-7 by modification of this cysteine residue with a mercuric reagent. In this study, mature MMP-7 was expressed in Escherichia coli as inclusion bodies, solubilized, and(More)
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