Takahiko Iuchi

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Glucocorticoid (GC) excess often elicits serious adverse effects on the vascular system, such as hypertension and atherosclerosis, and effective prophylaxis for these complications is limited. We sought to reveal the mechanism underlying GC-induced vascular complications. Responses in forearm blood flow to reactive hyperemia in 20 GC-treated patients were(More)
Corticosteroid myopathy is a major clinical problem in patients undergoing chronic corticosteroid treatment and shows insidious and progressive muscle atrophy in proximal limbs. Although several mechanisms underlying the pathophysiology of muscle injury have been postulated, precise pathogenesis is still not clear. We evaluated the mitochondrial functions(More)
BACKGROUND Increased serum lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] is an independent risk factor for atherosclerosis. We previously reported that aspirin reduced Lp(a) production by cultured hepatocytes via the reduction of apolipoprotein(a) [apo(a)] gene transcription. METHODS We evaluated both the effect of aspirin treatment (81 mg/day) on serum Lp(a) concentrations and(More)
OBJECTIVE We hypothesized that aspirin may exhibit its anti-atherosclerotic effects via mechanisms other than cyclooxygenase inhibition in platelets. METHODS AND RESULTS Using enhanced subtraction hybridization analysis, we found in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) that aspirin up-regulates the expression of aminopeptidase N (APN/CD13) mRNA(More)
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