Satoshi Kibira

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Serum free-carnitine levels were determined in 973 unrelated white collar workers in Akita, Japan. Fourteen of these participants consistently had serum free-carnitine levels below the fifth percentile (28 microM for females and 38 microM for males). The OCTN2 (organic cation transporter) gene was sequenced for these 14 subjects, for 22 subjects whose(More)
This study is concerned with the use of freshly harvested bovine endothelial cells attached to microcarrier beads in the production of the endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF). The results are compared to production of EDRF by endothelial cells grown in tissue cultures. We found that freshly harvested cells attach themselves to microcarrier beads(More)
We report a case of a papillary fibroelastoma originating from the left ventricular endocardium in the outflow tract which was discovered by echocardiography in an asymptomatic patient. Two echocardiographic features were observed: (1) the tumor surface was smooth, and characteristic papillary formation was not detected; and (2) the outline of the mass was(More)
Cultured endothelial cells have been used in the past as a source of endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF) and of prostacyclin (PGI2). Although cell cultures are essential for observation of prolonged exposure to media or when there is delayed response, they are time consuming and sterile conditions are essential. In the present study, we report that(More)
This study was designed to clarify the validity of Doppler indices for assessment of the severity of congestive heart failure in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy. Left ventricular (LV) and right ventricular (RV) Doppler indices, defined as the sum of isovolumic contraction time and relaxation time divided by the ejection time, were obtained in 30 normal(More)
The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) rapidly antagonizes the beta-adrenergic responses of the chloride current and to clarify the intracellular mechanisms responsible for the anti-adrenergic action. The whole-cell patch-clamp technique was used to monitor the anti-adrenergic effects of TNF-alpha(More)
UNLABELLED We have reported that intermediate conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channels (ImK) showed augmented expression in angiotensin II (AII) type 1 receptor-dependent manner in post-ischemic rat heart. ImK has tyrosine phosphorylation sequence in the C-terminus and motifs for NFkappaB and AP1 in the promoter. While statin inhibits AII-mediated(More)
1. The rat intermediate conductance calcium-activated potassium channel (ImK) was cloned from a cDNA library of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSM) in rat pulmonary artery. The ImK distributes in a variety of tissue, including VSM, endothelial cells, leucocytes and fibroblasts. The ImK has a tyrosine phosphorylation consensus site in the proximal portion of(More)
Sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT) developed in a 63-year-old woman. The 2-dimensional echocardiogram revealed left mid-ventricular obstructive hypertrophy and a discrete apical chamber. A continuous wave Doppler signal across the mid-ventricular narrowing exhibited early systolic ejection flow and diastolic paradoxical jet flow from the apex to the(More)