Shuji Shibutani

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BACKGROUND Wearable cardioverter-defibrillators (WCD) have been available in Japan since April 2014, but their application is still limited. METHODS AND RESULTS: We report 9 patients with a WCD applied between April and September 2014. All patients were at high risk of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias. During WCD use, 1 patient had sustained(More)
The influences of endothelium on the basal tone of aortae from various strains of spontaneously hypertensive rats with different blood pressure (SHR, SHRSP, M-SHRSP) were studied. Endothelium-intact preparations of aortae from spontaneously hypertensive rats exhibited spontaneous active tone, which was greater in the order of SHR < SHRSP < M-SHRSP. The(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a well-known promoter of angiogenesis, but its receptor VEGFR-1 and a soluble short form of VEGFR-1 (sFlt-1) play a negative role in the VEGF signal pathway by trapping VEGF. We recently showed that endogenous prostacyclin inhibitor coupling factor 6 (CF6) forces the clockwise rotation of F(1) motor of plasma(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Homocysteine (Hcy) is an independent predictor of stroke. Coupling factor 6 (CF6) is regulated by nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kappaB) signaling which is activated by Hcy. We tested the hypothesis that CF6 is elevated with Hcy in stroke. We also examined the effect of vitamin treatment on CF6 and Hcy levels. METHODS AND RESULTS The 59(More)
BACKGROUND Regular exercise improves systolic cardiac dysfunction through Akt cascade-mediated physiological hypertrophy in congestive heart failure. Tissue acidosis impairs Akt cascade, and coupling factor 6 induces tissue acidosis via activation of ecto-F(1)F(o) complex. We tested the hypothesis that coupling factor 6 attenuates physiological cardiac(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to evaluate the incidence of plaque rupture (PR), plaque erosion (PE), and calcified nodule (CN) using optical coherence tomography (OCT) in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI); to compare detailed morphologic plaque characteristics of PR, PE, and CN with optical coherence tomography and(More)
OBJECTIVE Reactive oxygen species are involved in the pathogenesis of congestive heart failure. We recently showed that coupling factor 6, a component of adenosine trisphosphate (ATP) synthase, induces hypertension by intracellular acidosis, which is related to reactive oxygen species generation. We investigated the effect of high-salt diet on the cardiac(More)
BACKGROUND We reported that phospholipase C (PLC)-δ1 activity was enhanced 3-fold in patients with coronary spastic angina. We detected variant PLC-δ1 with replacement of arginine 257 by histidine (R257H) showing increased enzymatic activity. We tested the hypothesis that increased PLC-δ1 activity causes enhanced coronary vasomotility. METHODS AND RESULTS(More)
AIMS Myocardial no reflow after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is associated with poor outcome. Patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) caused by plaque rupture are at high risk for no reflow. However, specific morphologic characteristics associated with no reflow are unknown in this population. The aim of this study is to(More)