Takahiro Ueno

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We evaluated the effects of the angiotensin II (Ang II) receptor blocker (ARB) losartan on the formation and number of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) in hypertensive rats. Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats and stroke-prone, spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR-SP) were salt-loaded and then treated with losartan (10 mg/kg/day), trichlormethiazide (TCM; 1.6(More)
BACKGROUND Angiotensin II (Ang II) receptor blocker (ARB) has been reported to have protective effects on the cardiovascular system independent of blood pressure reduction. Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) play a significant role in neovascularization of ischemic tissue. The average lifespan of EPCs was recently reported to be shortened by oxidative(More)
Pyrrole-imidazole polyamide can be combined in antiparallel side-by-side dimeric complexes along the minor groove of DNA in a sequence-specific manner. Pyrrole-imidazole polyamides are effective inhibitors of transcription factors as well as viral repressors and transactivators. Recently, lectin-like oxidized low-density lipoprotein receptor-1 (LOX-1) was(More)
AIM To investigate the mechanisms underlying the pro-angiogenic effects of statin, the effects of atorvastatin were investigated on the expression of angiogenic factors in ischemic hindlimbs of rats. The function and number of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) were investigated in hypertensive rats. METHODS Hindlimb ischemia rats were administered 10 or(More)
Pyrrole (Py)-imidazole (Im) polyamides synthesized by combining N-methylpyrrole and N-methylimidazole amino acids have been identified as novel candidates for gene therapy. In this study, a sensitive method using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) with an electrospray ionization (ESI) source was developed and validated for the(More)
Pyrrole-imidazole (Py-Im) polyamides are nuclease-resistant novel compounds that inhibit gene expression by binding to the minor groove of DNA. A Py-Im polyamide that targets rat TGF-beta1 was designed as a gene-silencing agent for progressive renal diseases, and the distribution and the effects of this polyamide on renal injury were examined in Dahl-salt(More)
BACKGROUND Paraoxonase1 (PON1) is HDL-associated ester hydrolase which has been shown to prevent LDL and HDL oxidation in vitro. PON1-coding region has two common polymorphisms (M/L55 and A/B192) that influence PON activity. We examined whether these polymorphisms relates with the incidence of cerebral infarction (CI) which is one of the major(More)
The use of urinary and/or biliary excretion data was considered as an alternative approach if the bioanalytical method lacked the appropriate sensitivity to adequately characterize the serum or plasma concentration-time profile. This approach is used for the analysis of plasma concentration-time profile under the lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) of(More)
The use of indium compounds in the electronics and semiconductor industry has risen sharply from the 1990s, and indium demand increased to a record 335 tons in 2000 in Japan, which was about 5 times that in 1990. Indium-tin oxide (ITO) is a sintered alloy containing a large portion of indium oxide and a small portion of tin oxide, and is used in the making(More)
INTRODUCTION The aim of this study was to investigate the association between the variation in expression profile of clock genes and obesity using peripheral blood mononuclear (PMN) cells. MATERIAL AND METHODS The subjects comprised 10 obese patients and 10 healthy volunteers. Blood was collected at different time-points during the day and levels of blood(More)