Osamu Yokoseki

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OBJECTIVE Inducible costimulator (ICOS) is a member of the CD28 family. Although inflammation is an essential pathological feature of myocarditis, the role of ICOS in myocarditis remains unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS Lewis rats were immunized on day 0 with purified porcine cardiac myosin to establish experimental autoimmune myocarditis (EAM). Flow(More)
Nuclear factor-kappaB (NFkappaB) plays a significant role in the coordinated transactivation of cytokine, inducible NO synthase (iNOS), and adhesion molecule genes. Although inflammation is an essential pathological feature of myocarditis, the role of NFkappaB in this process remains obscure. We examined the role of NFkappaB in the progression of rat(More)
Intravenous administration of isoproterenol restored the ST-segment configuration to nearly normal in the right precordial leads and completely prevented spontaneous VF attacks in a patient with Brugada syndrome. The formation of a Brugada-type ECG has been attributed to the transmural dispersion of repolarization of the right ventricular epicardium and(More)
Experimental autoimmune myocarditis (EAM) is characterized by the appearance of multinucleated giant cells. EAM leads to severe myocardial damage and is a useful model of human giant cell myocarditis. We investigated whether mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), which is a potent immunosuppressant, prevents the development of myocarditis in a rat EAM model, and(More)
Myocardial remodeling is an important predictor for the development of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are the family of proteins responsible for extracellular remodeling, and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs) tightly control their activity. In the present study, the expression of MMP-2, MMP-9, TIMP-1 and TIMP-2(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence, pathogenesis, and clinical background of coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients aged 40 years or less in Japan are not well understood. METHODS AND RESULTS Temporal trends in the clinical background, including growth from childhood, of young patients with CAD over the last 20 years were examined. The study group comprised 38(More)
Growth hormone (GH) has been attracted as a possible adjunctive treatment for severe heart failure. However, its treatment effects have been still controversial. To assess severity of basal cardiac disease states in which GH might be effective, we analyzed the relation of treatment effects of GH following chronic angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE)(More)
Amiodarone is a highly effective antiarrhythmic agent for the prevention of life-threatening arrhythmias. Two cases are described of patients who developed bronchial asthma after treatment with amiodarone. The bronchial asthma resolved after the dose of amiodarone was decreased in both patients. To our knowledge, an association between amiodarone and severe(More)
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