Reiko Nagano

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Although it is generally accepted that relatively high efficiencies of somatic cell cloning in mammals can be achieved by using donor cells from the female reproductive system (e.g., cumulus/granulosa, oviduct, and mammary gland cells), there is little information on the possibility of using male-specific somatic cells as donor cells. In this study we(More)
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is usually diagnosed from the left ventricular functional viewpoint by the detection of dilated ventricular cavity and depressed myocardial contractility. Although histologic analysis of the myocardium no doubt provides clinically important information, it is possible only with microscopic examination of biopsy specimen of the(More)
The objective of this study was to clarify whether morphologic evaluation of the in vivo artery with intravascular ultrasound provides as sensitive a marker as endothelial dysfunction or microscopic histologic assessment. Endothelial dysfunction assessed with the changes in the vessel diameter during acetylcholine infusion has been used as a more sensitive(More)
A 19-year-old man with known Hunter syndrome presented with dyspnea, and was admitted to our hospital. Bronchoscopy revealed tracheal narrowing with excessive granulation tissue formation in the trachea. Three-dimensional CT clearly demonstrated severe stenosis in the trachea and both main bronchi. Autopsy showed granulomatous tissue proliferation and(More)
Although mitral flow velocity pattern changes with the progression of left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction, it lacks predictive value in individual patients because of pseudonormalization in the presence of congestive heart failure and many physiologic and pathologic contributors to the mitral flow velocity pattern. To determine whether analysis of(More)
BACKGROUND Because left ventricular (LV) diastolic function is impaired before systolic function in patients with ischemic heart disease and because ischemic heart disease is constituted of regional rather than global abnormalities of the left ventricle, measures of LV regional diastolic dysfunction, if possible, should provide the most sensitive assessment(More)
The hemodynamic profile of congestive heart failure (CHF) is best described in terms of its two primary sets of hemodynamic parameters, that is, left atrial pressure and cardiac output, each of which has a specific and independently variable hemodynamic cause. To assess whether analysis of the mitral and/or pulmonary venous flow-velocity patterns provides(More)
To clarify the effect of left ventricular (LV) diastolic pressure on the coronary pressure-flow relation in humans, the instantaneous diastolic coronary pressure-Doppler flow velocity relation was analyzed at rest and during papaverine-induced maximal vasodilation in 15 patients with angiographically normal coronary arteries. The values for slope (alpha PF)(More)
OBJECTIVES This study was undertaken to differentiate hypertrophic cardiomyopathy from hypertensive hypertrophy using a newly developed M-mode format integrated backscatter imaging system capable of calibrating myocardial integrated backscatter with the power of Doppler signals from the blood. BACKGROUND Myocardial integrated ultrasound backscatter(More)
OBJECTIVES This study attempted to clarify the effect of ventricular relaxation abnormalities on coronary flow dynamics at rest and during tachycardia in humans. BACKGROUND Ventricular relaxation abnormality has been demonstrated in animals to have an adverse impact on early diastolic coronary flow dynamics. However, this relation has not been established(More)