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Urinary excretion rate and clearance of alpha 1-acid glycoprotein (orosomucoid), a major serum glycoprotein which is more anionic (pI 2.7) than albumin (pI 4.7) were measured by RIA in timed overnight urine samples from non-insulin-dependent diabetic patients with different urinary albumin excretion rate and from healthy controls. The 50th percentiles of(More)
INTRODUCTION Interleukin (IL)-1 is a key orchestrator of inflammation and IL-1 inhibitors are expected to be promising pharmaceutical agents for such pathologies. IL-1 is bound to the complex of two receptor components with much higher affinity than with either receptor component alone. MATERIALS AND METHODS We examined the effect of a heterodimer of IL-1(More)
To determine whether the site and morphology of coronary artery spasm provoked with acetylcholine can predict the long-term prognosis of vasospastic angina, coronary artery spasm (more than 90% narrowing) provoked with acetylcholine was studied in 66 consecutive patients (56 males, 10 females, mean age 56 +/- 9 years) with vasospastic angina. All patients(More)
We report cases of angina pectoris or minimal acute myocardial infarction accompanied by pulmonary edema, which were retrospectively studied with regard to their clinical characteristics, prognosis and treatment. Sixteen patients, 5 males and 11 females with a mean age of 72.6 years, admitted to the Cardiovascular Center of Sendai between January 1986 and(More)
OBJECTIVES To study the involvement of vasospasm as the trigger of acute myocardial infarction without significant stenosis, the circadian variation of the time of onset of acute myocardial infarction was compared with that of vasospastic angina without significant stenosis. METHODS The subjects consisted of 3 groups, 64 patients with acute myocardial(More)
A 70-year-old woman with active hypereosinophilic myocarditis presented with high fever and heart failure. Repeated right ventricular endomyocardial biopsies and 201-T1 myocardial scans before and after steroid therapy suggested that this treatment reversed the cardiac injury. Patients with hypereosinophilia may die from complications of eosinophilic(More)