Nobuhiro Tahara

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Angiotensin II (Ang II) is implicated in the proinflammatory process in various disease situations. Thus, we sought to determine the role of Ang II in early inflammation-induced fibrosis of pressure-overloaded (PO) hearts. PO was induced by suprarenal aortic constriction (AC) at day 0 in male Wistar rats, and they were orally administered 0.1 mg/kg per day(More)
The roles of adventitial vasa vasorum have been highlighted in vascular wall homeostasis. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a potent angiogenic factor in physiological and pathophysiological conditions. However, little is known regarding the changes in adventitial vasa vasorum and the mechanism of the formation in hypertensive arteries.(More)
OBJECTIVE Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) evoke inflammatory reactions, contributing to the development and progression of atherosclerosis. We investigated the relationship between serum AGE level and vascular inflammation. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS The study involved 275 outpatients at Kurume University, Japan (189 males and 86 females; mean age(More)
Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are involved in cardiovascular disease. Low testosterone level is associated with increased risks of cardiometabolic disorders as well. However, which anthropometric and metabolic variables, including AGEs, are independently correlated with low testosterone is largely unknown. In this study, we investigated whether(More)
A 49-year-old female was referred to our hospital due to high serum creatine kinase (CK) (2,605 IU/L) and serum cardiac troponin T (cTnT) (0.342 ng/mL) levels. She had no other complaints and further examinations suggested no signs of cardiac disease. Additionally, the serum cardiac troponin I (cTnI) levels were normal. She reported having gradually felt(More)
Acute insult to the myocardium is associated with substantial loss of cardiomyocytes during the process of myocardial infarction. In this setting, apoptosis (programmed cell death) and necrosis may operate on a continuum. Because the latter is characterized by the loss of sarcolemmal integrity, we propose that an appropriately labeled tracer directed at a(More)
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