PhD FACC FAHA FESC Akira Matsumori MD

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Purpose The density of mast cells increases in the myocardium of patients suffering from heart failure. However, their function remains unclear. In this study, preformed angiotensin II (ANG II), a potent growth factor, was found to be contained in, and released by, human mast cells. Methods: The human mast cell line (HMC-1) was incubated with 0 to 10−6 M(More)
Although viral myocarditis has been mostly attributed to enterovirus and adenovirus infection until recently, the association with parvovirus B19 in Europe and hepatitis C virus in Asia has lately been noted. Clinical trials of antiviral agents, such as interferons, are in progress. Whereas immunosuppression with corticosteroids or cyclosporine is(More)
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